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Friday, April 18, 2008

Legislative grifters

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 2:48 PM

The Iconoclast, Fayetteville's brawny blog, is railing today against the practice of unopposed legislative candidates raking in campaign contributions, sometimes even after the filing deadline has passed. He/she heaps a little more abuse on rising House Speaker Robbie Wills, but mostly focuses on the "grifters" of Northwest Arkansas. They are not alone, needless to say.

Unopposed legislators taking contributions from special interests does not pass the smell test, especially when they take the money after the filing deadline. It differs only in form from taking the money and putting it in your pocket in exchange for influence. The difference is that campaign contributions are supposed to be disclosed so the public knows who is bankrolling the politicians, and a review of required reports for unopposed local legislators is revealing.

The Iconoclast identifies unopposed House candidate Uvalde Lindsey as the King of Grifters, with Walton money accounting for $8,000 of more than $40,000 piled up for nothing.



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