Thursday, September 09, 2004

 

Scott Pullins' agony continues

In today's PD, Ted Wendling (this time without his co-partner, Sandy Theis) has more details about the charges that Speaker of the House Larry Household used campaign money to pay attorneys for embattled political "consultants" Brett Buerck, and fund-raiser Kyle Sisk.

Wendling (and Theis) are tough cookies and their stories about the misadventures of Brett and Kyle have been unrelenting this summer. I can't imagine what nightmares these two have given that they not only have the IRS and the FBI on the trail, but day after day have to see what Wendling and Theis have in store each week.

Personnally, the most intriguing part of Wendling's piece is this:

"[Secretary of State Ken] Blackwell's office also issued a subpoena on Wednesday to Scott Pullins, chairman of the Ohio Taxpayers Association. It demands bank records and documentation of campaign activities since 2000. Pullins' critics contend that he and the OTA acted as an issue-advocacy front for Householder until the men had a recent falling out. Pullins said he would not provide the records because "they've been constitutionally protected since 1958," the year the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NAACP did not have to turn over membership lists and other records to the attorney general of Alabama."

Now, I don't know if Pullins has a leg to stand on given some of the criminal aspects of this investigation. He always seemed to me to be a dispicable toady besides being the self-crowned king of the taxpayer, but I don't like the idea of other political goofballs like Blackwell forcing open the records of advocacy groups.

However, I have to admit that the thought of seeing who and what might be in those records makes me (and probably a lot of others) drool.

Now, if only Blackwell would subpoena the Buckeye Institute, too . . .

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