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Steve Kraske reports in today's Star about the curious financial arrangement of Speaker Ron Richard's legislative director, Tom Smith. Smith is a "key player" in the assigning of bills to House committees, and also happens to run a business that collected $500k last year from Republican candidates last year:
Of course, Smith denies any hint of wrongdoing, and no Republican legislators remember an explicit demand from Smith. “I think it’s absurd that someone could buy 1,000 pieces (of mail) and somehow have a level of influence,” Smith says.
I think it's absurd to think that Smith's clients are only buying 1,000 pieces of mail.Read More »