Phil Gingrey backed earmark for consultant’s client

Roll Call, the Washington newspaper, has removed its screen on this:

On April 1, 2008, Rep. Phil Gingrey paid Mitchell Hunter, his former chief of staff, $6,000 for campaign consulting fees. That payment came one day after the Georgia Republican signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting an earmark for the National Center for State Courts, which had recently hired Hunter as a lobbyist.

The center got its earmark that year — $100,000 to help state courts implement federal rules — and paid Hunter $100,000 for lobbying services. Gingrey paid Hunter $28,650 for “campaign strategy” and “fundraising consulting” in 2008, according to Federal Election Commission records maintained by CQ MoneyLine. Gingrey has paid Hunter’s firm another $54,090 since then.

Hunter said there is absolutely no connection between his work for Gingrey’s campaign and his lobbying services. Both Hunter and Gingrey’s office said Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) was the lead sponsor of the 2008 earmark for the court center, which is in his district. Gingrey’s office said the Congressman has long been a supporter of state court professional development and that court officials from Georgia and around the country had supported the project for the state court center.

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[...] Call is reporting that Rep. Phil Gingrey requested an earmark for a former staffer turned lobbyist: On April 1, 2008, Rep. Phil Gingrey paid Mitchell Hunter, his former chief of staff, $6,000 for [...]

I can see Russia from my house aka half governor of Alaska

September 29th, 2010
11:50 am

Phil, come on up here to Alaska and help me keep an eye out for the Russians. I’ll let you give me a girly parts physical. Wink-wink!

You betcha!

Just Nasty & Mean

September 29th, 2010
11:52 am

Aw ‘co’mon, Jim!! Admit it. This is a stretch….WAY too loose for you to put your credibility on it.

hl

September 29th, 2010
11:56 am

Polly says repeat after me, “Republicans are against earmarks. Republicans are against higher taxes. Republicans want to lower the deficit.”

Mr. KnowitAll

September 29th, 2010
11:58 am

Let me get this straight….If you are insinuating Gingrey took some kind of kickback, shouldn’t Hunter be paying Gingrey instead of the other way around??? What tha’???

I think you have your hat on backwards on this one….

When Hell Freezes Over

September 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

Is this yet another attack of Republicans? I can hardly believe it! We all know the AJC is fair and balanced and shows no bias whatsoever, don’t we?

Wounded Vet

September 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

Corruption is a cancer on our society. If this is in fact true then this man should be brought in front of his peers ot explain.

ByteMe

September 29th, 2010
12:17 pm

When only Republicans are in charge, only Republicans are going to get called out for being slime by local papers. Think about it.

NoDealGeorgia

September 29th, 2010
12:23 pm

Ok, are there any candidates on the GOP ticket that aren’t having sleazy ethics/integrity questions this cycle?

[...] Political Insider blogger Jim Galloway noticed this item from Roll Call  about a letter GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey wrote requesting a certain earmark: On April 1, 2008, Rep. Phil Gingrey paid Mitchell Hunter, his former chief of staff, $6,000 for campaign consulting fees. That payment came one day after the Georgia Republican signed a letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting an earmark for the National Center for State Courts, which had recently hired Hunter as a lobbyist. [...]

Puke Time

September 29th, 2010
12:45 pm

Is there a more loathsome POS in Jawja or Washington than Phil Gingrey?

Pappa Grizzly

September 29th, 2010
1:21 pm

I’m shocked, shocked I say.

A republican congressman dealing in pork? Clearly this story is an unfounded attack on the GOP.

Conservative Bulldog

September 29th, 2010
1:39 pm

This is a non-story.

The Centrist

September 29th, 2010
8:38 pm

After 8-years, how many of our GOP Congressional leaders finally deciding to fund heathcare for the 9/11 first responders?

The Centrist

September 29th, 2010
8:45 pm

Why on earth would Phil (no-earmarks) Gingrey want to get a $100,000 earmark for a conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and other associations of judicial leaders. Taxpayers shouldn’t be funding this.

Ernie

October 4th, 2010
3:26 am

Very…. Informative and Interesting Blog… Thanks.. for sharing…. :-) For Political Consulting