Katherine Harris is Named as “Representative A” in Cunningham Bribe Case

Over one year ago, PR reported on U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris (R-Stolen Elections) trying to divest herself of the same illegal contributions which former California Representative Duke Cunningham is going to jail for accepting.

“The congressman who got the most money is going to prison,” McLaughlin said. “The one who got the second-most money wants to be a senator. I would hope voters would look at that”

If you missed it the first time around, Harris took somewhere near $50,000, funneled through employees of defense contractor MZM Inc., whose employees also favored Duke.

After the employees complained about coercion, Harris offered — in the style of the DeLay-linked — to return the payola. Now the horse manootey is hitting the fan, and Harris’ new name is in legal circles is “Rep. A.”

Harris’ campaign attempted to return the campaign contributions to MZM employees but never received a response, the release said.

Harris acknowledged having contact with Wade and his firm…

Cunningham, a Vietnam veteran who represented a southern California district, resigned from Congress in November and pleaded guilty to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from Wade and MZM in exchange for help securing Pentagon contracts. Cunningham faces up to 10 years in prison.

In Wade’s guilty plea on Friday, the court document stated “Representative A” received $46,000 in “illegal contributions” from employees and spouses at Wade’s firm.

Harris is “Representative A.”

Harris, of course, is running for U.S. Senate against ever-faithful good guy incumbent Bill Nelson. During her campaign Florida Republicans, instead of repaying her for helping to hand George W. Bush the presidency in 2000, have treated her like the girl who gave it away in the back seat to be popular in junior year. All the boys — especially Jeb — want nothing to do with her at the senior prom.

Nelson, as always, is taking the high road.

Nelson had no comment on the illegal contributions or Harris, his spokesman Dan McLaughlin said.

But that didn’t stop McLaughlin from speculating on the impact he hopes the revelations will have.

“The congressman (Cunningham) who got the most money (from Wade) is going to prison,” McLaughlin said. “The one who got the second-most money wants to be a senator. I would hope voters would look at that and factor that into their decisions.”

Yeah, we hope so. Meanwhile, Harris has developed an obsessive-compulsive habit of washing her hands.

Harris donated $52,000 to Habitat for Humanity, an amount equivalent to contributions she received from MZM and Cunningham, said Kara Borie, the congresswoman’s press secretary.

Nobody has summed up the hypocrisy and empty intentions of Harris and Republicans of her ilk better than the folks at Indianz.com, who were quoted on PR discussing those trying to return money in the Abramoff scandal.

This is silly and entirely for show.

The money that Abramoff and associates funneled…already bought the access, consideration, help, favors and votes it was meant to buy. Giving away money won’t undo whatever these politicians did to earn support from Abramoff and his clients.

For that matter, the money itself has been spent. “Returning” money to Abramoff’s clients or “donating” it to third parties qualifies now as a new campaign expense – more or less like buying an ad that proclaims, “We’re not in this guy’s pocket – honest.” Where’s this money going to come from? That’s right – from other lobbyists or big-money donors who will have their own demands, expectations and strings to pull.”

I heard that loud and clear.

3 Comments

  • oldgringo
    February 26, 2006 - 2:17 am | Permalink

    K. Harris is just another “fellow traveling ” hack who whored her way into Congress by illegally screwing the election of 2000 and Jeb-Baby into the bargain, for which “the Bush Family Fortunes” gave her her seat in the House Of Representatives, (which now may be legitimately called the WHORE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES!) and now the broad seeks a bigger piece of the action. Gee, ain’t it surprising that this particular pig wants more of the SLOP from the REPUBLICAN TROUGH?

  • February 26, 2006 - 6:04 am | Permalink

    YES BY ALL MEANS GIVE HER MORE SLOP!!! A LONG JAIL TERM LIKE CUNNINGHAM THEN SHE WILL BE GETTING THE SEAT THAT SHE NEEDS!!!! STAND UP AMERICA___START PUTTING THE LYING CHEATING AND DISHONEST REPUGS OUT TO PASTURE WHERE THEY CAN’T SCREW THINGS UP!

  • February 26, 2006 - 6:35 am | Permalink

    Wow.

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