Monday, February 19, 2007
Disgraced Congressmen's PACS donate $42,000 to Graves campaign
Federal Elections Commission documents indicate Sixth District Congressman Sam Graves has received $42,000 in campaign contributions from the political action committees for three controversial, legally-challenged former Republican Congressmen.
The largest share of that total, $35,000 came in four contributions from former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's Americans for a Republican Majority PAC. DeLay was indicted by a Texas grand jury in 2005 for conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws, and has been knee-deep in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal and has seen two of his former aides convicted in that case.
FEC documents indicate Graves received $5,000 from the DeLay PAC during the 2006 election cycle, $10,000 in the 2004 cycle, $10,000 in the 2002 cycle, and $10,000 during the 2000 cycle.
Graves received $5,000 from former Ohio Congressman Bob Ney's American Liberty PAC during the 2004 election cycle, according to FEC documents.
Ney resigned from Congress in November, after pleading guilty Oct. 13 in federal court to charges of conspiracy and making false statements in connection with the Abramoff lobbying scandal.
Randy "Duke" Cunningham
Graves received $2,000 from former California Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham's American Prosperity PAC, with $1,000 coming during the 2004 election cycle, and the other $1,000 coming in the 2000 cycle.
Cunningham resigned from Congress Nov. 28 after pleading guilty to accepting more than $2.4 million in bribes and underreporting his income in 2004. The official charges against Cunningham were conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. He is serving an eight-year prison sentence.