Sunday, April 27, 2008
Lobbyists And Special Interests Pour More Money Into Carson's Race
Folks, once again our local news media is asleep at the switch as lobbyists and special interest groups pour money into buy the 7th District seat on behalf of U.S. Rep. Andre Carson. I told you on Friday about all the money Carson raised down in South Florida this past week. Another 48-hour report with the FEC reveals that Carson raised $4,600 from the Miccosukee Tribe, a Native-American tribe in South Florida which operates casinos. D.C. lobbyist Steve Elmendorf, makes a $4,600 contribution. A securities industry PAC kicks in $1,000, while a mortgage bankers PAC contributes $1,000. A senior V.P. for Verizon, Howard Wooley, chips in $1,000, and Michael Williams, a lobbyist for Credit Suisse adds another $1,000 to Carson's campaign coffers. An investment manager from Connecticut, Francisco Borges, makes a $2,300 contribution. Local contributors like lobbyists Lacy Johnson and Mike O'Connor max out for Carson. More than $100,000 has flowed into Carson's campaign in the last week alone. The vast majority of these funds have come from individuals and special interests far away from the 7th District. Andre Carson sold you down the river to buy his seat in Congress. If you want to take back your seat in Congress, you must defeat him on May 6. I hope the Democrats in this district care more about the future of the people of the 7th District than the Carson legacy. We can't afford any more of Carson selling out our interests to the highest bidders.