Goddamn, Katherine Harris is mobbed up with both of the Republikkkan congressmen who have plead guilty to corruption charges recently, and shestill can’t stop lying.
U.S. Senate candidate Katherine Harris received a campaign contribution from an Ohio congressman who has agreed to plead guilty to accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for political favors, marking the third time the Florida congresswoman has received money from a tainted source.
Harris, who received illegal campaign contributions from a disgraced defense contractor and years ago accepted contributions in one of the Legislature’s biggest fundraising scandals, received $6,000 from U.S. Rep. Bob Ney’s political action committee, American Liberty PAC, when she ran for Congress in 2002 and 2004.
Harris said Thursday that she can’t return the money or give it to charity.
“The money came for my congressional race. It’s been spent. It’s gone. We’d have to research what we can do,” Harris said.
Several of Harris’ Republican congressional colleagues, however, said they’d make charitable contributions in the amounts of Ney’s contributions to them.
Earlier this year, after lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Ney for his congressional help, a Washington watchdog group called on Harris and six other Republican Florida lawmakers to return their contributions from Ney. All but U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez refused.
“The last time I checked, everyone is innocent until proven guilty,” Kara Borie, Harris’ congressional spokeswoman at the time, told The Miami Herald in January. “Congressman Ney has not been found guilty of any wrongdoing.”
Unlike Harris, Miami Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart said he’d donate the Ney money, $1,000, to charity. Rep. Mark Foley of Lake Worth said the same thing about the $1,000 he received. And John Mica of Casselberry said he would donate $2,500 to charity as well after Ney’s announcement last week that he would plead guilty Oct. 13 to corruption charges.
Harris began bashing Nelson this summer for receiving $62,000 in phony contributions from Riscorp, a Sarasota-based insurer, in the 1990s.
What Harris did not say: that she and dozens of other Florida lawmakers also received Riscorp money from fake contributors, that Nelson forced the company to donate all the illegal money in question to the state to fight fraud and that her former campaign manager was called a “co-conspirator” in the case.
Harris also accused Nelson of taking money from Abramoff. But that’s “just another lie,” Nelson spokesman Dan McLaughlin said.
“She’s trying to deflect attention from the fact that she’s at the center of the largest congressional corruption scandal in history,” McLaughlin said.
“There’s a common thread between Ney, Abramoff, Duke Cunningham, Mitchell Wade and Katherine Harris. Four of them are in prison or are going there. What do you think will happen to Katherine?”