A couple of days ago I wrote about the reluctance of one of my U.S. Senators to give back a donation he received from the political action committee of a man who the FBI says had inappropriate sexual relations with at least four underage males when he was their high school wrestling coach. The pedophile in question is former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert, and the senator desperately clutching at the $11,000 political gift is Ol' Roy Blunt of Missouri.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Hastert's PAC, a shell organization called "Keep Our Mission" whose "mission" is to transfer money from businesses and big donors to worthy Republican "officials, candidates, and former members," has pumped money into the campaign coffers of several GOP members of both the House and Senate, career politicians hoping to keep their seats on the gravy train.
One aspiring Congressman on the Republican primary ballot in 2010 was a young lawyer from Illinois by the name of Ethan Hastert, Denny's son, who made an unsuccessful run at his father's old seat. "Keep Our Mission" shelled out $15,000 to boost Ethan's chances.
Senator Ol' Roy Blunt got his cash in two installments: $10,000 in 2010 and $1,000 in 2014. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts pulled in a respectable $2,000 from that same PAC in 2014, a year in which he was in an unexpectedly tough re-election campaign after it was discovered and reported that he did not even have a residence in Kansas. Other senators who drank deeply at Hastert's cash trough included John Boozman of Arkansas ($5,000), Dan Coats of Indiana ($10,000), Mark Kirk of Illinois ($10,000), and Rob Portman of Ohio ($5,000).
There is no word yet on who is keeping the cash and who is giving it back - other than Ol' Roy's seeming intention to keep his. One can only hope that these august beings, these god-like United States senators, will do the right thing and shed themselves of Denny's dirty dollars. If they are reluctant to return the money to a man who sexually perpetrated on children, there is always the option of giving it to charity.
No, wait. These are Republicans we're talking about. My bad!