Saturday, April 08, 2006

On Donations from People Your Office Does Business With

Much has been made, as it should be, of the fact that Attorney General Mike Bebee has accepted numerous and large donations from Entergy even though he is charged with regulating that industry in order to protect the people from excessive rate hikes. The Republican candidate to replace Mr. Bebee is Gunner DeLay, who has vowed not to take campaign contributions from the people he is supposed to be regulating.

Well it turns out the practice of taking campaign contributions from the people that your state office deals with is more widespread than just the AG's office. It also appears that Democratic Secretary of State Charlie Daniels takes contributions from an architectual firm that does work for his state office, such as the Capitol Dome itself. The Republican candidate for that office, Jim LaGrone, has vowed not to take campaign contributions from businesses that have contracts with his office.

31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does this mean that Le Groin will not take campaign contributions from members of churches where he has pastored? And what business is he now engaged in for income to support his family? Whatever it is, does he reject campaign contributions from his suppliers, employees, and customers?

8:14 AM, April 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its usually in the Candidates character from the beginning as to who will even contribute. A church is smart enough to know who to put their money behind. The faceless entities out there that are clearly contributing for their own benefit probably wont even offer to contribute to someone the feel would waste their time. On the other hand this is why money and politics needs to be examined closer.

10:56 PM, April 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:14, That's about the dumbest arguement I've heard against Lagrone yet. No, there is a very clear difference. He very well may take donations from his church members or business associates, friends etc. I assume he has, and I hope he does. What is wrong with that?

Now, upon election, if he REWARDS those campaign donors with multi-million dollar NO-BID government contracts...that would be serious. That would be the height of corruption. That would be imitating Charlie Daniels and Nick Wilson.

I expect my government officials to spend my tax money in the most cost-effective and ethical manner possible.

I expect my government to award contracts based on who does the best job for the best price. Not based on back room deals.

So far, Charlie Daniels has proven himself to be nothing more than a crook. I'm convinced Jim Lagrone is a man of great integrity. Unless he proves to me otherwise, he definately has my vote.

12:47 AM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to point out a situation that I just became informed of. Several people have caught someone pulling up Matayo signs and replacing them with Holt signs, and also using Matayo's fence posts. This has been happening all over NWA. That is a sin and also a crime. Unless these people would like to be all over the news, then I advise them to stop.

5:56 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Mark M said...

If this is not a hoax then my guess is that Doug did not tell the property owner that he was running against Jim. When they found out, they took his sign down and put up a Holt sign.

6:21 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great excuse. People just slap up signs on their property without any idea of what is going on? Yeah right.

6:28 PM, April 09, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Hey anonymous slimer:

The Holt campaign is not doing what you are accusing us of. If you have any evidence GO TO THE POLICE AND THE MEDIA. Until then, keep your garbage off this blog. Matayo's partisans make one false accusation after another against Jim and it is getting REALLY tiresome.

Jim Holt has been putting up signs for years and there has NEVER been an accusation like this from any of his opponents. Only the Matayo camp starts hallucinating that Jim Holt is doing all of these terrible things.

GROW UP. If you have any real evidence instead of just more anonymous libel then go to the media and the police with it. And GO AWAY from this blog until you get the courage and integrity to put your REAL NAME with some REAL EVIDENCE on this guano you keep throwing out about Jim.

Got it?

7:37 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the signs taken down was on the property of Matayo's family...they are wealthy...they have security cameras. Got it??!

7:54 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only proof I need is that this has happened to a family member. One night their Matayo sign was in their yard and the next morning it was gone and replaced by a Holt sign. If that wasn't done by the Holt camp, then who did it? I also heard from several businesses that said the same thing. Do you think it's just a coincidence? I don't. If this was being done to Holt, you would be screaming, and you know it. It's dirty and it has to stop.

7:56 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:21--Nice try. It was not Holt's sign to take down. The sign is the property of someone else. The property owner WAS asked. They did not take it down. Any other explaination?

7:56 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all remember what happened to the idiot guy that did this a couple of years ago. I don't think anyone wants to see the same thing happen to Holt. Matayo doesn't operate that way. He just wants it to stop and so should you.

7:58 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:37--How do you know there has NEVER been an accusation like this before? Have you ever been his campaign manager before? I don't think Holt has ever disliked an opponent before like he dislikes Matayo.

8:22 PM, April 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Say what you want about Jim Holt, but its hard for me to picture him low enough as to steal yard signs and replace them with his own.

12:29 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone is doing it. I really don't care who it is. It shouldn't be hard to find out who is responsible for putting up Jim's signs. Just find out and tell them to stop.

And why is it hard for you to believe? He has been low enough to go around telling people that Matayo, Banks and Martin aren't christians. They've all had it happen, so we know it's true. One was to a well known pastor, and I doubt he would lie.

Apparantly Holt has lost it, and he's not the same man he used to be. That is the only explanation I can come up with.

5:23 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Mark M said...

You are insane. No one will blame me for deleting all your posts from hear till the election.

6:48 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plenty of people will blame you. Everytime anyone comes here with evidence of bad behavior from the Holt camp, you make excuses. You are in the business of keeping the truth from people that need to know it. No other candidate is acting the way Holt is. The man needs to learn how to keep it clean. If he can only win by lying and stealing, he needs to drop out.

6:58 AM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

I don't know that I've ever seen such whining, even for the predictable political campaigns of such uninspiring challengers.

Given the fact you hacks love to talk about how "Christian" you are, and how "Un-Christian" Holt is, it's almost amusing. Almost, I say, because I'm tired of seeing an innocent man's character constantly being questioned.

(Predicted response: "Matayo is the innocent man here. Holt accuses US of not being Christian. Holt is the one stealing people's signs. Blah, blah, blah...")

7:07 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is not a matter of being "unchristian" this is a matter of being criminal. We are not out ot embarrass Holt about this issue. We are out to have it stopped. You can either keep thinking up your comebacks, or you can do what you can to make sure no more signs are stolen. A situation has been brought to your attention and it's up to you to correct it. That is exactly what Matayo would do in reverse.

7:47 AM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Have you heard the story, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf"?

You overplayed your hand long ago.

8:02 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a sad spectacle to see Doug Matayo, having no real issues and trailing with the voters, trying to make this campaign for statewide office be about false accusations of snatching his yard signs. This is pathetic, but it is good to know now that his is not a campaign of substance or of ideas for a better Arkansas.

8:46 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you had real poll numbers, you'd have them all over the papers so fast it would make our heads spin. I'm not really interested in who the Constitution Party thinks should win this election. Give me a break and think up another story.

8:50 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people agree that they have less to fear of the Constitution Party than they do of liberal Republicans. The CP are solid conservtives.

On the other hand, this Kathy McFetridge girl running for Holt's open senate seat was a Democrat who recently changed parties. Are we to support her just becuase she now has an "R" by her name?

Grow up and look beyond party labels.

9:17 AM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8:46-- You can make up false stories (does underwear ring a bell?), but you can't take listening to real ones. Clean up your campaign.

1:42 PM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Yet ANOTHER false charge. You people are amazing. As fast as we refute one accusation of wrong doing you spew out another. You should never be anywhere near power.

Not only did I not make up that absurd story on ArkFam, but I posted that it WAS NOT TRUE and that Doug was NOT GUILTY. How do you respond? Without a speck of civility or conscience, you come on here and hurl one false accusation after another at Senator Holt and myself. This one is not only untrue, but the opposite of true. I came to Doug's defense and dismissed the story.

6:46 PM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't believe the comment above about Holt people pulling up Matayo signs. This is just another one of those wild stories intended to bash Holt - like so many others that floated around like he really wasn't going to run rumor that kep going around, and like the false claims about his airplaine ride. Why don't you write things you can document like voting records and things you can prove like the fact that Matayo filled out a survey in which he said he was undecided on a question that read: Should children of illegal aliens receive scholarships and in-state tutition as was proposed in failed legislation in the last session? He actually checked UNdecided after he voted for it and pushed it through the House.

Or like the fact that Matayo said in the debate last week (copies of which can be found) that the legislature did not close any schools under Act 60 when 45 have been closed, 20 of them elementary schools and kids are riding the bus for 3 to 4 hours a day. The latest closing of a school under this act put some children on the bus 142 miles a day round trip.
Senator Holt voted against the bills that allowed this. Matyao voted for them; that is why he is lying about it.

7:23 PM, April 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you twist the facts, that is a LIE. I think you just did what you are acusing someone of. In fact I think you just broke at least two of the ten.

6:37 AM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know Jim and Doug and believe both are above any misconduct. Suppporters on the other hand are sometimes beyond any candidates controls (same with anonymous posters, pranksters, media etc.) Doug for example has a supporter named Matt Mendenhall who is a Napoleon wanna be. He is not above making up a conspirosy just to get some attention. But is it fair to hold Doug responsible just because a jerk is on his team? I don't think that would be fair. Can't we all just get along and focus on beating up people who deserve it? (like Matt or the Democrats.)

11:48 AM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be fair, give an example of one of Holt's also. Frankly, most Republicans don't feel that way about Matt, so I'm wondering where you've come up with that opinion.

12:36 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger jppaulgraham said...

Hb 1525 does not mention Illegeal Children recieve scholarships anywhere in it. read the bill not what ou hear.

Jim Holt does not support Pre-K he just voted to support it in 2001, Yes he said it was a mistake to vote for it.

12:40 PM, April 11, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I don't feel that way about Matt, and I am Holt's Campaign Director. I would not pick him as an example of someone willing to resort to the things we have seen around here.

Paul I am sure they were able to come up with some appropriate euphemiusm for HB1525. It does not change the fact they they are not American Citizens, did not have our permission to be here, and do not need access to our pockets to get a college education.

Speaking of euphemism- Jim Holt has voted against Pre-K every time it came up, except when he was a rookie legislator and they called it something else as part of a larger package.

2:52 PM, April 11, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you think only American citizens have a right to be here? They DO have access to our pocketbooks when we pay to educate them in K-12 grades. Who do you think pays for that? Why are we then going to turn them into chicken-pluckers when we have already spent good money to make them smart? Shouldn't we get to take advantage of keeping the smart kids in our own work force?
And that explaination of Jim Holt's voting record has a ring of John Kerry to it.

6:42 AM, April 12, 2006  

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