How would you like to work 1 hour a week and get $20,000 a year like Senator Jim Bunning?
The Hill Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) augments his salary by taking $20,000 in a side business capitalizing on his career as a Hall of Fame pitcher. Bunning
accepts the salary through the Jim Bunning Foundation, which charges
baseball memorabilia companies for the senator's appearances. Bunning
is not able to charge for autographs himself, because of ethics rules,
but the money can go to a foundation. Bunning has paid himself a total of $155,000 in salary from the foundation since 2001, according to disclosure documents reviewed by The Hill. He works on foundation business for an estimated one hour a week.
Sounds like a scam to me.
The Hill The
foundation was created in 1996, when Bunning was a member of the House
of Representatives. In 2008, IRS documents show Bunning attended two
autograph-signing events, for which the foundation was paid $12,595.
Along with a licensing program run by the Hall of Fame, the foundation
took in a total of $16,091. But as Bunning was being paid as the foundation's sole employee, the Jim Bunning Foundation has consistently donated less than the $20,000 the senator collects.
The foundation has never given more than $19,575 in a year, according
to IRS documents and documents Bunning has filed with the Senate. Last
year, the foundation donated $16,350. In 2007, it handed out $18,200 to
non-profit organizations. It is an arrangement that has raised eyebrows
among open-government advocates and watchdogs. "It's probably legal,
but I think it's really questionable," said Melanie Sloan, executive
director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "He
created a charity to allow himself to do what he otherwise couldn't do,
which is taking money for signing baseballs."
OK gentle souls, just a little bit of promotion for our new blog before the article begins. Richard Dillion and I have started a new site that will allow you to write about your favorite Democratic candidates. Click here to visit the site. All you have to do is sign up and blog away. Click here to learn more About Us and click here to view the Community Guidelines. Thank you for your patience. Kudos to Doug Goodman and Dottye Moore for putting on this 3rd annual Doug Goodman event. Doug Goodman is a real Democrat and believe me that's something hard to find here in Hardin County. He has put on this event for three years and pays for it out of his own pocket. I understand that Dottye Moore helped with the expenses this year. Special thanks to Winnie Townsend for making me aware of the event. We had the opportunity to shoot photos of the event click here to view them. I shot them in the 1280x960 mode and they will be good enough for you to print out if you wish. Be advised they are for personal use only and not to be used for any other reason. Just follow the instructions at the Photobucket site to download the photo you want. We also had the opportunity to shoot video and had the distinct pleasure of shooting video of a young college student by the name of Sam Sherrard introducing Daniel Mongiardo and Sam's video is below. We also managed to get video of Daniel Mongiardo and a very short funny clip of him is below. Thank you Jerry Brown for asking the question. OK, I'm done with all the gooey stuff and I must tell you I had the opportunity to express my frustration with the Hardin County Democratic Party to Chairman Les Dawson. I didn't express myself out of anger, but rather out of frustration and Les seemed to defend what the Hardin County Democratic Party is doing. As I left the event, I was encouraged by young Sam Sherrard, Doug Goodman and Dottye Moore, but very disappointed that Hardin County Democratic Party Chairman Les Dawson just doesn't seem to get it.
I'm not a pollster and my insight about the 2010 Kentucky Senatorial race is not scientific, but I'm here to tell you that this race is not in the bag for Democrats. The dynamics of this race changed last week when Rand Paul announced on the Rachel Maddow Show the formation of an exploratory committee for a US Senate run, here in Kentucky. So how do I come to that conclusion? It's simple, very simple. I uploaded the video of Rand Paul's announcement to Youtube and that video has had more views and comments than the videos, I recently shot and uploaded of Jack Conway and Daniel Mongiardo combined. I know this is not scientific, but it shows there's real interest in Rand Paul and his ability to cross party lines. There were many other videos uploaded of Rand Paul making his announcement including this one that has nearly 9000 views, now that's what I call real interest in a candidate. Rand Paul has indicated he will not run in a primary against Senator Jim Bunning, but who's to say Jim Bunning is really going to run? Further more, Rand Paul may change his mind. I suggest Rand Paul will run in the primary whether Jim Bunning runs or not. I've talked to a number of Kentucky Republicans and they all tell me Rand Paul is the perfect Republican candidate for Kentucky and he would win a primary contest hands down, even if the primary included Trey Grayson and Jim Bunning. Republicans are also excited about Rand Paul's potential to tap into his dad's, Ron Paul's, national donor base. If the Kentucky Democratic Party thinks the Republicans are going to sit back and hand us this Senate seat, we will lose. If Jack Conway And Daniel Mongiardo, get into a hotly debated and costly primary, our chances of capturing this senate seat will be put in jeopardy. We have a real chance as Democrats to make a difference, not only for Kentucky, but for America. I hope we're up to the task!