Special Election Candidate Gets Unlikely Donation

One of the candidates running for the late Rep. Alan Nunnelee’s Mississippi seat got some help from beyond the grave last month.

Trent Kelly, the district attorney for the First Circuit Court District, received a $4,000 donation from Nunnelee for Congress. Consultants for the late congressman — including one now working for Kelly — told CQ Roll Call the March 27 donation was made at the behest of Nunnelee’s widow, Tori.

It’s the maximum allowed donation for the special-election primary and expected runoff.

“While Tori [Nunnelee] is not active in the campaign, she wanted to show her support for her candidate and that was Trent Kelly,” Morgan Baldwin said Tuesday.

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