Tuesday, November 6, 2007

The $64,000 Question

I don't know what you were doing on Monday, but our friends at the Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority (LCRM) made time in their busy schedules to write two checks totaling $64,000.

According to the latest campaign finance report filed with the State Board of Ethics, the LCRM sent a $5,000 check to GOPAC, the ideological bench-building organization of the Republican National Committee that works on candidate recruitment and activist training.

The LCRM then wrote a $59,000 check to the Louisiana Republican Party, allegedly to cover the cost of "polling/research."

I say allegedly because in recent days, Democrats across the state have reported receiving calls from Houston-based Promark Research Corporation, to which the LCRM paid $64,495.44 on August 21, 2007. Could the LCRM be trying to cover their tracks by using the Louisiana Republican Party as a pass through to pay for work that they ordered done?

Why would the LCRM want to hide their tracks? Perhaps to conceal the extent of their involvement in/control of the campaigns of Republican candidates in run-off races.

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