Thursday, August 05, 2010
Bankruptcy Trustee Asks Politicians To Return Durham's Contributions
WRTV's Rafael Sanchez reports that the bankruptcy trustee for Fair Finance Company has sent letters to several prominent Indiana politicians asking them to return to the bankruptcy estate for the benefit of creditors nearly $1 million in campaign contributions Tim Durham made to their campaigns. Marion Co. Prosecutor Carl Brizzi was the largest recipient of Durham's generosity, collecting $225,000 in total campaign contributions. Gov. Mitch Daniels campaign committee received $195,000 from Durham, while the Indiana Republican Party received $185,000 from Durham. Former Marion Co. GOP sheriff candidate Tim Motsinger earlier returned $200,000 Durham had loaned to him before dropping out of the sheriff's race. Daniels had earlier told reporters he would not return any money because it had already been spent on his 2008 re-election campaign. A spokesman for Daniels, however, told Sanchez he may reconsider that earlier decision. A spokesman for the state party says it's too soon to say whether any money will be returned.