To those of you out there who have read my blog or know me know I don’t like Katherine Harris. And unlike you kids out there it has nothing to do with the 2000 election. I only once voted for the woman, and thats because I knew the son of her opponent got away with being a stoner because of his dad’s political connections. And I regret it ever since.
But as she has a long history of Ms. Katherine is sitting down with folks who are violating campaign finance laws.
It’s not the first time the Longboat Key Republican has had to defend herself for accepting illegal contributions from a company. In 1994, while running for the state senate, Harris collected $30,000 from a Sarasota company called Riscorp which, like MZM, was investigated for violating campaign laws.
Even though Harris knew questions were being raised about MZM’s donations during the summer of 2005, she didn’t refund the money right away. Instead, she offered to give refunds to coerced donors. No one asked for their money back, so Harris held on to the funds.
It wasn’t until two weeks ago that Harris rid herself of the money, donating the nearly 2-year-old donations to charity.
On Friday, Wade admitted in federal court to bribing U.S. Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., with cash and gifts in return for help in winning government contracts. Cunningham, who campaigned for Harris in Sarasota months after MZM’s donations, resigned from Congress three months ago.
Wade also admitted that much of the campaign money he sent Harris and U.S. Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., was raised illegally by a method called “straw contributing.”
But for those of you who know Ms. Katherine like those of us from Sarasota have gotten to know her, she tends to ignore little things like campaign laws when they could actually limit her ability to win elections.
I look forward to seeing here out of office in 2006.