In poking around Jim Ryun for my previous post, I looked at what The Center for Responsive Politics would tell me about the money race. As of the last filings, he and Nancy Boyda are pretty much tied. He has a bit more cash on hand, but both have taken in around half a million dollars.
Then I looked at who was giving. It turns out that he got $10,000 from Americans for a Republican Majority, Tom Delay’s leadership PAC. Those following the news know that various people associated with Delay’s fundraising have been indicted for money laundering in Texas. Various companies gave to ARM, which laundered the money and gave it to Texans for a Republican Majority. TRM gave money to candidates for the Texas legislature. This is all illegal because corporate contributions are illegal under Texas law. So Delay’s cronies are alleged to have circumvented that law by laundering money through these other PACs.
Boyda has called on Ryun to return that dirty money, and he should. He won’t.
Ryun has other questionable contributions. Westar Energy, a Topeka based energy company that supplies my electricity, got in big trouble last year for attempting to bribe Delay and his allies to pass an amendment that would save Westar big bucks. In the end, it all came out, the CEO got in hot water, and various people gave back money. Not Ryun, though. When the CEO was indicted for defrauding the company and rate-payers of millions of dollars, Ryun kept his Westar money.
Nancy Boyda is right to go after this guy for taking dirty money. You’re known by who you spend time with.