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Man Fined By FEC In Campaign Finance Scandal Rewarded by Blunt

Garrett Lott, who in 2003 was fined $37,000 by the FEC for illegally funneling money into Republican campaign coffers, has been awarded the state's largest fee office by Governor Matt Blunt.  That office will generate about $700,000 per year for Lott.  One can only imagine what kind of innovative campaign finance schemes he can dream up with that kind of money laying around. 

In this story from the Post Dispatch, Lott shows no remorse for his wrongdoing saying:

[T]he FEC complaint that led to the fine was trivial and would have no bearing on his ability to run the South County fee office.

Apparently, he believes that failing to comply with campaign finance laws by facilitating excessive contributions of between $110,000 and $255,000, is trivial.

Jack Cardetti, spokesman for the MO Democratic Party got it exactly right:

"The Federal Elections Commission thought Mr. Lott should be punished while our governor thought he should be rewarded with the state's most lucrative no-bid contract," said Jack Cardetti, a spokesman for the Missouri Democratic Party.

Well, just how trivial were Mr. Lott's violations?  Whenever some agency of the Federal government is using phrases like this when they are talking about you...

The PAC and Garrett Lott, as Treasurer, will cease and desist from violating 2 U.S.C. §§ 441a(a)(2)(A) and 434(b) and Ashcroft 2000 and Garrett Lott, as Treasurer, will cease and desist from violating 2 U.S.C. §§ 441a(f) and 434(b).

That's a bad thing.



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