Tuesday, July 18, 2006

 

A Glance At Beebe's Campaign Finance Report

Why would a homemaker, such as Myra R. Anderson of Needham, Mass. ($100), donate to a campaign for governor in Arkansas? There is another homemaker in Memphis, Cathy Chadwick, that donated $2000. But why would a retiree in Vero Beach, Florida, Max Bobbitt, donate $250? And why would Pedro Cuatrecasae of Rancho Sante Fe, Ca.($200), a retiree, be donating to an Arkansas campaign? In fact there are retirees in Texas and California and other places ($50 each) donating to the governor's race.

A homemaker living in a city bordering Arkansas and donating to an Arkansas campaign might make sense. But in Massachusetts or Michigan? And if the retirees are having to choose between eating dog food and taking their medicine, as many in the Democratic party would have us believe, then why are there retirees donating money from all over the country to a campaign in a state as "insignificant" as Arkansas?

What would an interior designer in Los Angeles ($100) want with a governor in Arkansas? Or how about Kathy Blackwelder of Lander, Wyoming, a self-employed accountant ($50)? Did Katherine Ferguson ($100) of Las Vegas, NV. hit the jackpot and find anything at the gift shop to spend her money on?

Small business owners of almost any profession along the Arkansas border might have some sort of business interest in the state, but that doesn't explain small businesses in L.A. and Podunk town in Wyoming. Or for that matter in Las Vegas.

I can understand why Johnny L. Blau, a senior VP of an energy company in Houston, would contribute, but only $100? In fact there are a lot of energy company executives from the Houston area donating, especially from Centerpoint Energy. What is Motorola interested in that they are donating $2000 for this campaign? And why would an apartment complex (Oak Hill Apartments) in Dallas donate to the governor campaign?


What connection is there between Powers of Arkansas and Powers Mechanical Services Co. (both of Little Rock and both donating $2000 on the same day)? Is this a way to skirt the donation limitation?

And what about the vaunted Hollywood connection:


This was all in the month of May 2006. One only wonders what happened in the other months. Surely, other Hollywierd bigwigs donated. But how many other Suzy Homemakers and Retired Ralphs in Washington, Maine or Wisconsin donated? And what other businesses from out of state are trying to influence our current Attorney General as he tries to become governor?

Considering the shady deals of the past with Beebe, is it a far stretch to imagine him actually being influenced by contributions?


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