Monday, June 27, 2005

Katherine Harris

From the St. Petersburg Times:

A defense contractor under federal investigation gave Rep. Katherine Harris, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, about $42,000 during the 2003-04 election cycle.

MZM Inc., a Washington company that does millions of dollars of work for the federal government, has been in the news for its role in a deal with Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-Calif. Cunningham sold a house to MZM founder Mitchell Wade, who lost money on it after putting it back on the market almost immediately.

Harris, R-Sarasota, got $10,000 from the MZM political action committee, and another $32,000 from MZM employees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign money.

The $32,000 came in 16 checks for $2,000 each - 14 of them written on one day, March 23, 2004.

Harris' congressional staff referred a reporter's questions to Adam Goodman, Harris' political consultant in her campaign for Senate next year. He said he couldn't comment because he didn't know anything about it.

That's interesting. All of the checks from the MZM employes to Harris were written on the same day. Huh. There's a rumor going around that MZM founder Mitchell Wade told his employees right in front of a Congressional Republican that they had to donate two grand each to this person or lose their jobs. Many thought Congressman Randy Cunningham was the guy who had gotten the checks written for him on the MZM premises since he had already received $700,000 bucks from a sweetheart real estate deal with Wade and was living on the MZM CEO's 40 foot yacht in D.C. But now it's starting to sound like Katherine Harris, the former Florida Secretary of State who certified the state for Bush in 2000, was the politician who was shaking down the MZM employees for cash.

I don't know about you, but I would pay money to see Katherine Harris handcuffed and frog-marched off to prison for campaign finance fraud and an embezzlement conviction. Boy, that would be a helluva day.

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