Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Disgraced Congressman Mark Foley's $1000 too good for Northup to give back.

$1000 is a lot of money to someone who works for a living, but to someone who campaigns for a living, it seems like a drop in the bucket. Still, even though Anne Northup has millions in her war chest to attack John Yarmuth, she has decided that the $1000 that SICK SICK SICK Foley gave her will not be returned or donated elsewhere. Why? I guess it is because after her "circumstance", she needs everything she can get to fund her campaign. I guess the family values that Northup and her buddies speak of involve the family of her Republican brothers and sisters in Congress.

Foley donated to Kentucky Republicans

Feedback: Offer your thoughts on the Mark Foley situation
By James R. Carroll
The Courier-Journal

WASHINGTON -- Former Florida Rep. Mark Foley gave $7,000 from his political action committee to Republican House candidates in Kentucky between 1998 and this year.

U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis, R-4th District, said he is giving his $1,000 to charity. Others say that the money has been spent or that old campaign committees that received the funds are closed.

Foley resigned last week over inappropriate e-mails he sent to a 16-year-old male House page.

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher's 1998 House campaign received $1,000 from Foley's Leadership 2000 PAC, and Fletcher's 2000 House race got $2,000, federal records show.

Fletcher represented Kentucky's 6th District from 1999 until December 2003.

Asked how the governor would handle the Foley contributions, press secretary Jodi Whitaker said in a statement: "Those accounts are six and eight years old, and they are closed."

U.S. Rep. Anne Northup's 1998 congressional campaign received $1,000 from Foley's PAC. Patrick Neely, campaign manager for the 3rd District Republican, said that money has been spent and won't be returned.

Northup's Democratic opponent, John Yarmuth, said he thinks any contributions affiliated with Foley should be donated to the National Center for Exploited and Missing Children. He said that if Northup contributes $1,000 to the agency, he'll do the same.

Davis received a $1,000 donation in this campaign cycle from Foley's group, renamed Florida Republican Leadership PAC. Davis said he is giving the money to Boone County Court Appointed Special Advocates Inc., an organization involved in legal advocacy for youths.

Former state Rep. Gex "Jay" Williams of Verona collected $1,000 from Foley's PAC for a 1998 House race in Kentucky's 4th District.

There's nothing he can do about that now, Williams said.

"The (campaign) committee has been closed for years," the former lawmaker said. "I didn't even know he contributed."

State Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr, R-Lexington, received a $1,000 contribution from Foley's PAC in the 2004 election, when she ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. House in the 6th District.

Kerr, now running for re-election to the Kentucky Senate, can't do anything about the Foley money, said the senator's campaign adviser, Carla Blanton.

"The campaign account was closed after the 2004 election," Blanton said. "No account exists anymore."

Kerr said in a statement: "I have never met Mark Foley, but don't need to know him to understand that what he reportedly did is vile and disgusting. I am pleased that there is an ongoing investigation to get to the bottom of this sad mess. He deserves whatever punishment comes his way."

Foley's campaign and PAC gave nearly $200,000 to more than 100 other GOP candidates between 1995 and this year, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan campaign-finance watchdog.

During that same time, the ex-lawmaker also gave $550,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which distributes money to candidates.

Reporter Kay Stewart contributed to this story.

Reporter James R. Carroll can be reached at (202) 906-8141.

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