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Re: “Republican waltz

Sad to see that Merrifield tries to slander Littleton and with the Independents contriving to help him do so. I suppose that all the attorneys in the legislature that write laws aren't allowed to practice law because they oversee the laws they write? I suppose that Merrifield, who voted for laws that the unions wanted, couldn't accept the tens of thousands of dollars in union contributions to his campaign either. If Littleton had been on the D-11 school board and voted for a charter for a school she was then trying to buy property for on a commission, that would indeed have been wrong. But, those aren't the facts and Zubeck and Merrifield both know it. She sits on the State Board and had nothing to do with the charters that D-11 approved. What would be more interesting is some honest reporting by Zubeck on Merrifield's campaigns long history since 2004 to date of having violated campaign finance laws in each and every year except 2009, when because of term limits he wouldn't be seeking a house seat again. No one caught on to his game until this year. He has another complaint pending right now, at this very writing, on the same kinds of facts as from 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010. (None in 2009 but he was term limited in the house and not raising money.) He got a slap on the hand for his first violation this year, but his campaign was indeed found in violation of the law. It's just that no one caught him at it in prior years and you only have 180 days in which to file a complaint. What's worse? Read on. All the while that his campaign knew it was in violation on campaign finance law for his race as county commissioner--and had to return the money because he was caught--he had a different kind of campaign finance violation for donations of $1000 or more for which he was legitimately unaware of the law. He was fined for that. No problem there. But, here's the problem . . .when his campaign for county commission asked the secretary of state's office to waive the penalty for that violation for improper reporting on a $1000 donation, his campaign very well knew it was in violation of other campaign finance laws (it refunded donations in late August for those violations) and wrote a waiver request in the second week or so of September that many would consider deceitful as it suggested his campaigns had never violated the law before--it had, it knew it, and it had returned the money to the donors earlier in August--but then went on to say in its waiver request it would never violate the law again. Really? Well, here it is that he's got another complaint for the same kind of violation as his early one this year where he had to return donations to 21 people. His campaigns for house seat got away with it in the prior years. He's been caught. Red handed. That is a sad commentary for him as a legislator and a candidate and that's the kind of honest reporting the Independent will not undertake to report. Zubeck should show up at his next hearing and report on the outcome of that violation. You only need to get on the Secretary of State's TRACER site and search for the complaints. I'll guarantee you Mike Merrifield knows about them.

Posted by AsItIs on 11/04/2010 at 12:26 PM

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