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Hillary Fundraiser Canceled – Host Indicted

From the Wall Street Journal:

Host Indicted, Clinton Fund-Raiser Canceled

Mary Jacoby reports on the presidential race.

A Dec. 15 fund-raising event for Hillary Clinton at the home of prominent Mississippi trial lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs is off, now that Scruggs has been indicted for bribery.

Bill Clinton was set to be the star attraction at the event at Scruggs’s Oxford, Miss., home. Hillary Clinton wasn’t scheduled to attend. It was the first event that Scruggs, who made a fortune suing the tobacco industry in the 1990s, had offered to host for Clinton, a campaign spokesman said.

It was canceled on Wednesday, after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided his home and the federal indictment was announced

Over the years, Scruggs has been a generous donor to Democrats, but he’s also given money to Republican candidates. He gave $4,200 to Clinton’s Senate campaign in 2005 but hadn’t made a donation yet to her presidential bid. Scruggs’s brother-in-law is Sen. Trent Lott (R., Miss.), who just announced his intention to leave the Senate before the end of the year.

Federal prosecutors in Mississippi have alleged that Scruggs tried to pass a $40,000 bribe to a state-court judge who was hearing a dispute between Scruggs and another lawyer over fees related to Hurricane Katrina litigation. Four others were indicted as well, including Scruggs’s son, Zachary, and another lawyer in the Scruggs law firm…

Will there be anyone connected to the Clintons who isn’t in jail by election day?

(Of course, as the article suggests, this may have also had some bearing on Mr. Lott’s recent announcement about resigning by the end of this year.)

Over the years, Scruggs has been a generous donor to Democrats, but he’s also given money to Republican candidates.

This is a bit overgenerous. Mr. Scruggs has given far and away more money to Democrats than to Republicans.

From the FEC records:

Contributions to Political Committees

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
MIAMI, FL 33136
STATE ATTORNEYS OFFICE

CAMPAIGN FOR FLORIDA’S FUTURE

08/09/2004
500.00
24020672408

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
OXFORD, MS 38655
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM/ATTORNEY

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM
VIA FRIENDS OF HILLARY

12/08/2005
2100.00
26020092178

12/08/2005
2100.00
26020092178

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
OXFORD, MS 38655
SELF/ATTORNEY

G. THOMPSON, BENNIE
VIA FRIENDS OF BENNIE THOMPSON

02/23/2004
1000.00
24990995828

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
OXFORD, MS 38655
THE SCRUGGS LAW FIRM/ATTORNEY

DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

11/15/2005
26700.00
25020530738

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39567

NIXON, JEREMIAH W (JAY)
VIA NIXON CAMPAIGN FUND

09/07/1998
1000.00
98020224108

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39567
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM

MURRAY, PATTY
VIA PEOPLE FOR PATTY MURRAY U S SENATE CAMPAIGN

02/13/2004
2000.00
24020230400

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568

KERREY, J ROBERT
VIA KERREY FOR U S SENATE COMMITTEE

03/01/2000
-1000.00
20020251795

03/10/2003
1000.00
23020210058

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS MILLETTE BOZEMAN & DENT

KERRY, JOHN FORBES
VIA KERRY COMMITTEE

06/30/1999
1000.00
99020083643

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS MILLETTE LAW

KERREY, J ROBERT
VIA KERREY FOR U S SENATE COMMITTEE

06/30/1999
1000.00
99020091981

06/30/1999
1000.00
99020091981

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS MILLETTE LAWSON BOZEMAN

DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

05/25/2004
25000.00
24020383201

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SELF/ATTORNEY

MISSISSIPPI REPUBLICAN PARTY

08/15/2002
2000.00
22991878166

04/20/2004
250.00
24961345781

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAQUULA, MS 39568

DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

10/30/1997
-20000.00
98032674054

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
OXFORD, MS 38655

FORD, HAROLD JR
VIA HAROLD FORD JR FOR TENNESSEE

10/06/2006
2100.00
27020072236

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
OXFORD, MS 38655
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM, P.A./PRINCIPAL

NELSON, BILL
VIA BILL NELSON FOR U S SENATE

07/13/2005
2100.00
25020462661

07/13/2005
2100.00
25020462662

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
OXFORD, MS 38655
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM/ATTORNEY

DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

06/01/2007
1000.00
27990330940

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
OXFORD, MS 38655
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM/LAWYER

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR
VIA BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT INC

06/30/2007
200.00
27990242270

06/30/2007
2300.00
27990242270

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
OXFORD, MS 38655
THE SCRUGGS LAW FIRM/ATTORNEY

DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

03/29/2007
28500.00
27020160368

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
PASCAGOLULA, MS 39568
LAWYER

HUMPHREYS, JAMES F
VIA JIM HUMPHREYS FOR CONGRESS

11/30/1999
1000.00
20035250635

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568

BAESLER, HENRY SCOTT
VIA BAESLER FOR SENATE COMMITTEE

10/28/1998
1000.00
98020273655

10/28/1998
1000.00
98020273655

KIRK, RONALD
VIA RON KIRK FOR U S SENATE

03/11/2002
1000.00
22020181251

03/11/2002
1000.00
22020181251

03/11/2002
1000.00
22020181252

NEW REPUBLICAN MAJORITY FUND

09/27/2000
5000.00
20036300095

STRAIN, R H ‘BILL’
VIA BILL STRAIN FOR CONGRESS COMMITTEE

04/09/1999
1000.00
99034433655

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
ATTORNEY

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR
VIA CITIZENS FOR BIDEN

07/24/1998
1000.00
99020013053

07/24/1998
1000.00
99020013053

RHODE ISLAND POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE-RIPAC

10/26/1998
1000.00
98034071451

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR
VIA BIDEN FOR PRESIDENT INC

04/24/2006
2100.00
27930577528

BIDEN, JOSEPH R JR
VIA CITIZENS FOR BIDEN

04/24/2006
2100.00
26020522675

04/24/2006
2100.00
26020522676

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM/LAWYER

UNITE OUR STATES

04/25/2006
5000.00
26940230483

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS MILLETTE

KENNEDY, PATRICK J
VIA FRIENDS OF PATRICK J. KENNEDY INC.

08/01/1997
1000.00
98032802799

08/01/1997
1000.00
98032802799

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS MILLETTE LAW FIRM

MCCAIN, JOHN S
VIA MCCAIN FOR SENATE ’98

10/06/1998
1000.00
98020251648

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F ESQ
PASCAGOULA, MS 39567
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM

SPECTER, ARLEN
VIA CITIZENS FOR ARLEN SPECTER

02/25/2004
2000.00
24020220640

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F ESQ
PASCAGOULA, MS 39567
SCRUGGS MILLETTE

HOLLINGS, ERNEST F
VIA HOLLINGS FOR SENATE

08/17/1998
1000.00
98020214207

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F MR
OXFORD, MS 38655
SELF/ATTORNEY

CANTWELL, MARIA
VIA FRIENDS OF MARIA

05/05/2006
2100.00
26020561043

05/05/2006
2100.00
26020561043

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F MR.
OXFORD, MS 38655
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM/ATTORNEY

MCCAIN, JOHN S
VIA JOHN MCCAIN 2008 INC.

06/06/2007
2300.00
27990286979

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F MR.
PASCAGOULA, MS 39567
SCRUGGS MILLETTE BOZEMAN & DENT/A

KERRY, JOHN F
VIA JOHN KERRY FOR PRESIDENT INC

01/22/2004
2000.00
25971213016

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F MR.
PASCAGOULA, MS 39567
SCRUGGS MILLETTE/ATTORNEY

DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE

04/30/2004
24500.00
24991215534

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F.
PASCAGOULA, FL 39567
SELF/ATTORNEY

SENATE VICTORY FUND PAC, THE

09/08/2003
5000.00
24990294788

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F.
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS MILLETTE LAWSON/ATTORNEY

KENNEDY, PATRICK J
VIA FRIENDS OF PATRICK J. KENNEDY INC.

10/18/2006
1000.00
26960638644

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F.
PASGOULA, MS 39567
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM/ATTORNEY

MACK, CONNIE
VIA FRIENDS OF CONNIE MACK

01/29/2004
2000.00
24990939594

Total Contributions:    157250.00

Joint Fundraising Contributions

  These are contributions to committees who are raising funds to be distributed to other committees. The breakdown of these contributions to their final recipients may appear below

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
OXFORD, MS 38655

COLLINS MAJORITY COMMITTEE; THE

05/02/2007
4200.00
27020220568

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM

NEW YORK SENATE 2000

10/13/2000
2000.00
20020370159

Total Joint Fundraising:    6200.00

Recipient of Joint Fundraiser Contributions

  These are the Final Recipients of Joint Fundraising Contributions

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM

CLINTON, HILLARY RODHAM
VIA HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON FOR US SENATE COMMITTEE INC

10/13/2000
1000.00
20020372545

SCRUGGS, RICHARD
PASCAGOULA, MS 39568
SCRUGGS MILLETTE LAWSON BOZEMAN &

DEMOCRATIC SENATORIAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE

10/13/2000
1000.00
20020370699

SCRUGGS, RICHARD F
OXFORD, MS 38655
SCRUGGS LAW FIRM

COLLINS, SUSAN M
VIA COLLINS FOR SENATOR

06/30/2007
1900.00
27020203579

06/30/2007
2300.00
27020203572

Recipient Total:    6200.00

One would say Mr. Scruggs was clearly a Democrat contributor with only a couple just barely Republican tokens (Specter, McCain) thrown in.

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