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Yesterday, in pursuit of his new image, lobbyist Salmon released an opinion piece condemning congressional insider trading. He’s right, politicians should never use their positions to enrich themselves, whether it’s through insider trading while in office or through lucrative lobby...err...other careers once they leave office.
What made his piece laughable is the fact that Salmon personally donated money liberal Congressman Ed Pastor, who was featured last month in a New York Times article about--you guessed it--congressional insider trading!
“When Ed Pastor was first elected to congress two decades ago, he was comfortably ensconced in the middle class. Mr. Pastor, a Democrat from Arizona, held $100,000 or so in savings in the mid-1990s and had a retirement pension, but like many Americans, he also owed nearly as much in loans. Today, Mr. Pastor, a miner’s son and a former high school teacher, is a member of a not-so-exclusive club: Capitol Hill millionaires.”
So, what gives? The Kirk Adams for Congress campaign asked Arizona voters, “Why would a former Republican U.S. congressman, turned lobbyist, donate money to a liberal Democrat campaign.” A few answers:
- “They would give money to any campaign that served their particular needs.”
- “Wasn’t principled in the first place and now he’s out for the money.”
There sure is something fishy about Matt Salmon.
PAID FOR BY KIRK ADAMS FOR CONGRESS