Do Democrats Really Want To Talk About Campaign Contributions?
The Mississippi Democrats sent out a press release criticizing a $5,000 donation that involved Haley Barbour, Chip Pickering, and David Vitter. The Louisiana Democrat Party has filed a formal complaint with the FEC alleging that the three conspired to hide the ties between Pickering and Vitter.
Here is part of what State Chairman Jamie Franks said:
“This is nothing new for Barbour or Mississippi Republicans who routinely use shadow PACs, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and innocuous-sounding groups to hide their political money or to attack Democratic candidates so they can look like they are above the fray…However, this is something a bit more serious. What appears to have happened here actually violates federal law and is a serious offense for a governor who not only represents Mississippi but all Republican governors nationwide.”
Either this press release is full of fake outrage or Franks has a real short-term memory. Franks needs to look back no further than the last election cycle when (now) convicted felons Dickie Scruggs and Joey Langston made large contributions to the Democrat Attorneys General Association which then sent the money to Jim Hood. Those two gave around $400,000 to the DAGA (slightly more than the $5,000 from Pickering if you’re counting at home).