Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Marsha suffers the consequences of some major political wedgies

This week's "Tuesday's Message" email from Tennessee Democratic Party chair Bob Tuke features an item on yet another round of campaign finance woes for Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.
It seems the Memphis Commercial Appeal last week reported that Wedge PAC - Blackburn's ill-named political slush fund - had exceeded legal contribution limits back on December 30, 2005 when it gave her campaign $5,000. What's worse, Tuke writes, is that the improper contribution to Blackburn's campaign came from her lobbyist son-in-law Paul J. Ketchel III, who at the time was treasurer of Wedge PAC (dude it really hurts everytime I write the word "wedge").
Last week's story follows media reports earlier this year on the goings on of Ketchel's firm Political Concepts LLC. Political Concepts has received payments from both Wedge PAC (ouch) and the Blackburn For Congress committee to the tune of more than $123,000. What's more is that Political Concepts, at the time it received $$ from Blackburn's political accounts, was listed as an "inactive" corporation by the state of Tennessee for failing to file an annual report. The company was reinstated only after Ketchel filed the required paperwork in response to media inquiries.
It was also revealed earlier this year that Blackburn's campaign committee paid $9,497 to her daughter and son-in-law for travel reimbursement, computer equipment and other expenses. Blackburn's daughter Mary Ketchel is listed as a director of Blackburn's campaign committee.
But if all that is not enough to make your head spin - here's another political wedgie to endure(this one I rate on the level of an "atomic wedgie" -- the kind of wedgie where you find that your drawers have been pulled up clean over the top of your spinning head!):
Wedge PAC (ouch), according to fecwatch.org, was busy last year handing out $$ that Blackburn raised to fund numerous GOP congressional candidates in other states, including GOP Congressman Rick Renzi of Arizona. Renzi was the target of a major FEC audit in 2004 for a series of violations - from misstatments of financial activity, failure to itemize contributions, failure to disclose transfers and failure to disclosure the names and employers of contributors. Sadly, as one might expect from a GOP-controlled Congress, no actions have been taken against Renzi.
Enough already.
Marsha will be busy digging those wedgies out for some time to come.

8 Comments:

Blogger Litz said...

As this item from the DCCC makes clear, Blackburn is as tangled up in the GOP Culture of Corruption as all of the Rubber Stamp Republibots.

I also read recently that people who donated to Blackburn's re-election campaign should perhaps be informed that some of that money has been funneled to Tom DeLay's defense fund.

Way to go! She sure knows how to support her friends (and thumb her nose at TN voters!).

Thank God I don't live in her district, although with Frist and Lamar Alexander as my Senators, being represented by Jim Cooper is a very small consolation.

Turn left at next election!!!!!

1:16 PM  
Blogger Milton said...

Blackburn's arrogance is unbelievable - funneling money to her son-in-law!!!!

Of course, dude probably had to be paid to marry into that family.

4:02 PM  
Blogger tennessee political pulse said...

ouch uncle milton...your post clearly qualifies as an atomic political wedgie...

4:53 PM  
Blogger imissbill said...

DIrt on Blackburn, Kurita withdraws...and it's not even my birthday!!

9:48 AM  
Blogger MickeyWhite said...

Marsha Blackburn is No Conservative she is a Neo-Con.
Her Conservative Index score for the 109th congress is only 40% out of 100%
http://www.thenewamerican.com/artman/uploads/ci-109-2.pdf

She loves More Government.

7:18 AM  
Blogger Basileus said...

Marsha Blackburn is a great American. You all don't have any idea what you are talking about here, and this is an example of how reporters have no idea about what is going on.

Those who go after her trying to say she's a liar should hang their heads in shame.

You don't know her, and you don't know what you are talking about here.

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