Senator Ol'Roy Blunt of Missouri, a Republican (of course) is taking a bit of criticism over a campaign donation that some feel should be returned. The donation, $11,000, came from the PAC of former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, now a Washington D.C. lobbyist and accused child molester.
Hastert is facing trial over illegal banking activities initiated to pay hush money to a man whom he had reportedly sexually abused when the victim was a high school student. Federal prosecutors recently announced that it now appears as though Dennis Hastert sexually molested four boys back during his days as a high school wrestling coach - with one being only fourteen-years-old.
Lobbyists, like Hastert, routinely donate to political figures as a way of securing influence with the office holders.
Blunt, in response to questions and concerns regarding the $11,000 campaign donation, indicated that he currently has no plans to return the money. He said:
"Returning donations gives some sense that you are going to look at the behavior of everybody who gives money to a campaign. I don't know if I have time to do that, and I would expect not to be returning donations to anybody."Blunt logic. It would take too much time and effort to look at the behavior of the donors - no matter how odious the behavior. Besides, pedophiles have as much right to buy influence as anyone else.