Fifteen days before his appointment to the State Highway and Transportation Commission, Neosho banker Rudy Farber contributed $50,000 to Governor Matt Blunt's re-election campaign.
The donation by Farber, whose appointment is scheduled to be discussed Thursday by the Senate's Gubernatorial Appointments Committee, is listed on the governor's April disclosure report, filed today with the Missouri Ethics Commission.
Farber's appointment was announced March 19 by Blunt, who said:
"Rudy Farber will be an asset to the Commission as they work together to create a safe and modern transportation system that best serves the needs of all Missourians. I look forward to working with Rudy and the other commissioners as we continue to improve Missouri’s roads, highways and bridges."
Later that day, The Turner Report noted that Farber has been a regular contributor to Blunt campaigns in the past, contributing a hefty amount even in the days before the General Assembly revoked contribution limits.
As I noted then:
Missouri Ethics Commission documents show Farber donated $1,200 to Matt Blunt on Dec. 2, 2005, $1,200 on Aug. 26, 2004, and $1,175 on March 14, 2003. All of those are the maximum amounts allowable at the time. Dorothy Farber contributed the same amount in 2003 and 2004, the documents show.
In that same post, it was noted that Farber has also been a regular contributor to GOP interests, to the tune of more than $150,000 (now well past $200,000), not even counting the money he has poured into Republican coffers as one of the triumvirate responsible for the Southwest Missouri Leadership PAC, formerly the Nodler Leadership PAC.