Friday, January 19, 2007
Blunt contributor sentenced to 30 months in prison in Abramoff scandal
Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, was sentenced today in 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to trading political favors for gifts and campaign contributions.
As I noted in the Sept. 30 Turner Report, Federal Election Commission documents show that Ney's American Liberty PAC donated $1,200, at that time the maximum amount allowed by Missouri law, to Governor Matt Blunt's 2004 campaign. The donation was one of a number of contributions from K Street lobbyists, elected officials, and special interests, who had little connection to Missouri, but had good reason to do a favor for the governor's father, Seventh District Congressman Roy Blunt.
Among others contributing to the governor's 2004 campaign were: disgraced Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., Don Sherwood, R-Ohio, and two controversial congressmen who are no longer in office, Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., who was also linked to the Abramoff scandal.