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I Guess There Are No Rocket Scientists’ On the FEC

August 10, 2010
tags: Haley Barbour, Mississippi Democrats, David Vitter, Chip Pickering, FEC
by Brett

Yesterday we learned that the FEC dismissed a complaint filed by the Louisiana Democratic Party that Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) had violated campaign laws in accepting a contribution from Haley Barbour’s PAC (appropriately titled Haley’s PAC).

The claim was that the donation really came from former Rep. Chip Pickering and that it was funneled through Barbour to avoid publicity. The FEC declared that claim was based on “innuendo and speculation,” and nothing done in this case “excessive or prohibited.” A copy of the FEC’s dismissal is below. But before you read that, here is a statement from Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Jamie Franks back in 2009 when the complaint was filed:

This is a serious allegation, and the facts are pretty clear. It does not take a rocket scientist to see there is no coincidence in what happened. It appears clear that Gov. Barbour tried to hide a campaign donation from Pickering to Louisiana Sen. David Vitter.

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 by attacking 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.

If Gov. Barbour did nothing wrong, he should simply come forward and say so. He should tell the people of Mississippi that he has not been involved with Pickering in any way when it comes to raising money for Vitter. Short of such a claim, it is hard to believe these accusations are anything but true.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. honesthank permalink
    August 10, 2010 9:58 am

    The greatest lairs the greatest crooks on the face of the earth the damn o rat party the low live liberals trying to say the Reps. are hiding something when Pelosi this day is holding a vote on a Bill that has no name call the Louse back to DC to pass this $26 billion bill which is for the damn o rat people running this Nov. in the damn o rat party for office to defeat the honest Reps. What a shame. Yes we don’t have a House of Reps. anymore they are the Louse of Reps. we don’t have Senators they are SIN ators and what used to be the White House is now the House of Shame. Yes today the BOTOX PLASTIC WOMAN IS HOLDING A SPECIAL VOTE TO PASS A SPENDING BILL. WHERE IS THE MONEY COMING FROM THE USA IS BROKE. HOW MANY OF YOU WILL KEEP THIS IN MIND WHEN YOU VOTE KNOW THAT BENNIE THOMPSON, GENE TAYLOR, TRAVIS CHILDRES SHPPORT HIS SORRY SO CALLED BOTOX PLASTIC WOMAN.

  2. mspolitics82 permalink
    August 10, 2010 2:26 pm

    Jamie Franks——HA!

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