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Sunday, July 13, 2008

David Scott's foe just a GOP tool?

U.S. Rep. David Scott's Republican opponent is getting embarrassing attention for her campaign's involvement in what smells like a fund-raising scam.

Deborah Honeycutt, a Clayton County physician, was clobbered in 2006 by Scott, 69 to 31 percent. But she's cruising for another bruising anyway this year in the state's most Democratic district. And Talking Points Memo reports that she's raised an astounding $1.7 million.

The problem is that $1.5 million of that money has already gone straight back to BMW Direct (the conservative fund-raising company her campaign has hired) and to its affiliated companies, according to TPM:

So we've been wanting to find out how happy Honeycutt was with BMW Direct raising insane amounts of money for her around the country which she gets virtually none of.

Well, it turns out they're pretty psyched.

[TPM's] Andrew Tilghman got a hold of Honeycutt's volunteer campaign manager Michael Murphy who says, "We've been very pleased with them. BMW Direct has been able to help us raise resources and tap into a thirst in the country for the principles and platforms that she stands on."

How about Honeycutt's campaign getting next to none of the money raised for them? "I just work with the resources we have ... All I can say is we've been very pleased with BMW Direct.

Fancy that! There may be some split loyalties here though. It turns out that Honeycutt's campaign treasurer is Washington-based BMW employee Scott B. MacKenzie and her campaign committee address is the firm's D.C. office.

All of which makes you wonder: 1) Is BMW just in the business of hoodwinking conservative donors around the country to fatten its own cashflow, or 2) are hopeless campaigns like Honeycutt's loss leaders that allow the company to pump more resources into Republican clients who actually do have a chance to win?

Scott, who's been going through his own financial controversies and was named one of Congress' "most corrupt" members, faces his own challenge from the left — from former state Sen. Donzella James — in Tuesday's primary. The winner takes on Honeycutt in November.

The 13th congressional district wraps around the southern edge of Atlanta, and takes into much of Clayton, Douglas and (south) Fulton counties. (Hey! If you plan to vote Tuesday be sure to check out our voter guides here.

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