Mel Martinez

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A little excessive

When you have to raise so much money to win an election, sometimes it's easy to let excess campaign contributions slide. Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) will have to pay about $100,000 in fines for receiving more than $313,000 in excessive campaign contributions in his 2004 election bid.

 

According to Roll Call this morning (the third story on the page):

 

Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) to head RNC?

CNN is reporting that Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) might be new Republican National Committee chair. Can't they pick someone without a connection to Jack Abramoff or a brewing campaign finance scandal?

 

Martinez is embroiled in a scandal involving PBS&J, a Florida-based contractor that receives lots of government largesse:

 

From Ney's Pleading Docs

Bob Ney admitted that Jack Abramoff bribed him to lobby Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) when Martinez was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

 

So what?

 

Well, within a month of leaving HUD to run for the U.S. Senate, Mel Martinez was treated to a $250,000 fundraiser, hosted by Abramoff. What do you think Martinez did for Jack? [Keep the tips coming!]

The DeLay and Schiavo Memo Connection

The Daily Kos reports a DeLay connection on the now infamous Schiavo memo--the one that the GOP has vehemently denied any authorship.

Turns out Sen. Mel Martinez's (R-FL) Chief Legal Counsel, Brian Darling, has admitted to authoring the memo. Mr. Darling used to be employed by the Alexander Strategy Group--a lobbying firm that was founded by DeLay former Chief of Staff Ed Buckham.