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  •  Nathan Sproul Money Laundering with Nevada (4.00)
    Ariz. GOP exchanging donations with Nevada
    By Howard Fischer

    PHOENIX - The Arizona Republican Party has figured out an unusual way to make some quick cash for the fight against Proposition 106.

    Party officials shipped $40,000 in donations from individuals here to the Nevada Republican Party.

    The Nevada GOP, in turn, shipped back $60,000 in corporate contributions it couldn't use for presidential and congressional races.

    The Arizona GOP can use that corporate money to try to keep the redistricting process firmly in the hands of the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature.

    The $60,000 from the Nevada Republican Party and $75,000 from the Republican National Committee are the only contributions on campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State's Office.

    Was it money laundering?

    "Laundering is not the right term to use," said Nathan Sproul, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. He said it's simply a way for the party here to maximize the funding it needs to defeat Proposition 106 while also helping elect Republicans in Nevada.

    He said there may be similar deals in the future with GOP organizations in other states.

    Sproul said the party here needs the money: He points out that Phoenix commercial developer Jim Pederson already has kicked in nearly $470,000 of his own money to persuade voters that a special commission should draw legislative and congressional district boundaries in Arizona, not the Legislature.

    The money-transfer scheme stems from Sproul's ability to use federal campaign finance restrictions to his benefit. Federal law prohibits corporations from giving to presidential and congressional races. There also are limits on how much individuals can give.

    That, said Sproul, makes Arizona's individual donations "more valuable than the corporate dollars." That's why the Nevada party is willing to exhange "less valuable" corporate dollars at a 3-to-2 ratio.

    •  Boy (3.50)
      I'm glad our DA in Texas, Ronnie Earle, is going after this kind of shit. Bust 'em all.

      Iraq is deja vu all over again.

      by chuco35 on Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 02:20:28 PM PDT

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    •  This is exactly what's getting DeLay in trouble (none)
      This is precisely the sort of money laundering that got Tom DeLay's aides indicted in Texas.

      Make no doubt about it, we're seeing the true face of the Republican party here.

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