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Now that it has come out that former State Auditor Steve Patterson and former Special Assistant Attorneys General Tim Balducci and Joey Langston have pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges, when will our "tough as nails" former DA turned AG Jim Hood refund their campaign contributions?

Hood took $100,000 from the Democratic Attorneys' General Association (DAGA) that was funnelled through that organization by Joey Langston one day earlier.

Here is the information from DAGA itself.

Joey Langston
Booneville, MS 38829 The Langston Law Firm/attorney $100,000 10/15/2003

Langston Law Firm
Booneville, MS 38829 NA/NA $50,000 10/25/2006

Scruggs Legal PA
Oxford, MS 38655 NA/NA $25,000 10/30/2006

You might want to consider refunding those to DAGA, and assure that DAGA will refund those to their rightful owners. They might need it right now. Or you could donate it to the Children's Justice Center. That seems to be a non-profit you are fond of.

If you want to add the $34,000 from Dickie directly, and the roughtly $100,000 or so from Langston in the last couple of cycles, that would make roughly $300,000 that needs to go back just to avoid "the appearance of impropriety" as you so aptly pointed out yesterday. Indeed, refunding these contributions is critical to avoiding this appearance, because from where I sit, it looks pretty improper.

P.S. Have a nice day.

Posted January 15, 2008 - 5:37 pm

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