McClatchy and the rest of the nearly-extinct legacy media are trying SO hard to paint this whole “scandal” regarding campaign donations to state legislators from an indicted Oklahoma businessman as a REPUBLICAN THING. (Lotsa Dems got some of that gambling money, as well.) I talked with some NCGA insiders who told me that legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle and sources close to those leaders provided cover for accepting the contributions:
“There are people close to the leadership in each chamber who vet these things, who check out the sources of this money. We were all told it was OK to accept this money. We were told: “It was NO BIG DEAL. EVERYBODY got money.”
My sources tell me that many legislators feel like they’ve been thrown under the bus by their respective leaders. Most legislators are reluctant to give money BACK to someone who has been criminally indicted. I am told that campaign finance laws make it exceptionally challenging to dump the tainted money off to a charity. So, many pols are stuck with the money AND the embarrassing publicity.