GOP call for sunshine laws is laughable
JACKSON (Friday, Sept. 28, 2007) – The Mississippi Republican Party’s call for sunshine laws is laughable as long as Gov. Haley Barbour continues to hide the contents of his blind trust and his ties to the Washington lobbying firm he founded.

Mississippi Democratic Party officials said the state GOP and Barbour should show the people what is contained in the blind trust and outline all financial ties he may have to Barbour Griffith & Rogers in Washington.

“The Republican Party attack on Attorney General Jim Hood is a hypocritical political stunt,” said Wayne Dowdy, chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party.

“The fact is that records of the attorney general are open for all to see, as compared to Gov. Barbour’s blind trust which leaves only the people of Mississippi blindly trusting,” Dowdy said. “And in the MCI case, Attorney General Hood won $110 million for Mississippi – an award more than 33 times greater than GOP leaders were willing to settle for. And that didn’t cost taxpayers a dime.

“Rather than engaging in phony political attacks, the Mississippi Republican Party should be for sunshine on Gov. Barbour’s blind trust so the people of Mississippi can know all of the facts behind his finances when he vetoed the tobacco tax and directed hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts to clients of his firm.”

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