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10/05/2004

Republican Governor's Association Should Give Scanlon's Money Back

Mike Scanlon, the Delay-spokesperson-turned-lobbyist who stole $66 million from Native American tribes, is going to be resubpoenaed by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, according to Roll Call.

Because Scanlon avoided receiving the subpoena to testify, Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.), the panel's chairman, said that another, more open-ended subpoena would need to be drafted. Refusal to comply with that document, Campbell added, would lead to immediate contempt of Congress charges.

"He just dodged. I don't care what his lawyers say," Campbell said in an interview of the failed attempts to deliver the subpoena last week. [Paul Kane, Roll Call, 10/4/04]
Scanlon gave $500,000 to the Republican Governor's Association, a 527 founded to reelect Republican governors. It's only appropriate that the Republican Governor's Association give that money back to the Tribes.
Mike Scanlon, a former House Republican aide now under Senate investigation for allegedly charging excessive fees to American Indian tribes, gave $500,000 to the Republican Governors Association in late 2002, according to a new campaign finance report.

The contribution from the former spokesman to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) made him the top contributor to the Republican Governors Association during the 2001-02 election cycle, when 36 of 50 state governors were up for re-election. [Brody Mullins, Roll Call, 5/4/04]
This donation is being investigated, but isn't the return of the money an essential first step? Read more about this outrage in the transcripts from last week's hearing here.

 

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