Friday, April 01, 2011
Swift Boat financier Simmons contributes $25K to Kinder
The $70,000 in oversized contributions reported by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder Friday included $25,000 from Harold Simmons, one of the chief contributors to the Swift Boat campaign against Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004.
Simmons, 79, contributed $4 million to the Swift Boat campaign.
This is not the first time Simmons has placed money in a Republican candidate for Missouri governor. As noted in a 2007 Turner Report post, Simmons gave $50,000 to former Gov. Matt Blunt.
Simmons has not been the only Swift Boat financier to pour money into the campaigns of Kinder and others in the Missouri GOP. Robert Perry provided money to the Missouri Republican Party three years ago that was funneled into the campaign accounts of Kinder and Michael Gibbons, who ran unsuccesfully for attorney general.