Oh, the Doughnations
The Times Union has a story up about the Sweeney Guest list: "Sweeney Donors Under Scrutiny" Over $30,000 in campaign monies went to Sweeney this election cycle from the guest list. For our $25,000 tax payers' investment that is a great ROI for Sweeney, eh?
...According to Federal Election Commission filings, the donors included at least six lobbyists -- two of whom once worked for the Clifton Park Republican -- as well as U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, and Eugene Zeltman, former president of the New York Power Authority, which has funded Congressional Winter Challenge weekends in Lake Placid since 2000....
Their blog has an entry with the current election cycle's lobbyist donations.
I added bullets to the research we did on the guest list in March which doesn't only focus on the current election cycle and shows that virtually everyone there gave at some point, or did something for Sweeney, like give him an "award".
In other Sweeney Dough-nation news: Sweeney has directly taken in $7,000 in campaign funds from House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis who is under investigation for ties to lobbyists with Copeland, Lowery, Jacquez, Denton & White. Lewis' last contribution to Sweeney was for $2,000 on March 29, 2006.
According to a report in the Los Angeles Times last month, federal prosecutors are looking into Lewis' relationship with lobbyist Bill Lowery, who has links to disgraced former Republican Rep. Duke Cunningham of California. ...
Other beneficiaries of contributions from Lewis in New York include upstate Republicans John Sweeney ($7,000), Randy Kuhl ($5,000), and Sherwood Boehlert ($1,000).
Lewis' committee has earmarked hundreds of millions of dollars for clients of Lowery, himself a former Republican House member from California, according to published reports. (source)
Randy Kuhl's Press Secretary, Robert Van Wicklin, was at Lake Placid.
Related: "Lewis, Delay Pay Dearly For Counsel" in The Hill