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“I Know Nothing, Nothing!” | Missouri Political News Service

“I Know Nothing, Nothing!”

June 20th, 2008 by jjjameson · No Comments

Those of us who are “mature” enough to remember the classic 60’s television show Hogan’s Heroes had a deja vu moment this week. It occurred when Hulshof campaign spokesman Scott Baker attempted to convince us that there wasn’t any coordination between the Hulshof campaign and a shadowy 527 group based in Springfield.

Whenever the POW’s in Stalag 13 where putting one over on their Nazi captors -which was usually right in front of the hapless Sgt Schultz- Schultz would look the other way and utter his most famous line from the series: “I know nothing, nothing!” Baker took a similar tact when confronted by reporters with damaging, but circumstantial, evidence of illegal collusion:

“I don’t know who they are. I found out about the ad when someone from Springfield called this morning.”

We wonder if the person who called him from Springfield was John Thompson. According to Prime Buzz, Thompson’s firm placed the media buy for the 527’s ad. And oh by the way, Thompson’s firm also works for the Hulshof campaign. Below is his Clintonesque defense:

“I’m confident we did everything we’re supposed to do to make sure this is a regular and routine placement that meets all the requirements as we know them.”

It seems there are others who are having trouble believing what is coming out of the Hulshof camp. From the STL Post Dispatch:

Kansas lawyer Caleb Stegall was involved in the lawsuit filed late Wednesday in Jackson County on behalf of Knob Noster resident Matt Cleveland. He claimed Thursday that the new organization was “a front group for Kenny Hulshof” that failed to comply with campaign finance law by filing its state paperwork too late.

The lawsuit seeks a restraining order stopping the group’s ad from running and requiring it to make public its donors and expenditures. The lawsuit also asks the court to make the group pay to the state an amount generally equivalent to what it has spent seeking to influence the Republican gubernatorial primary. Read more…



Tags: Decision '08 · Rep. Kenny Hulshof · Sarah Steelman

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