Friday, October 28, 2005

Indictment A-Go-Go

Just in case you missed this major story with the OTHER indictment going around today (this has major implications in Ohio, the vote-rigging state):

A major GOP donor surrendered to authorities in Orlando, Fla., Friday on charges that he gave thousands of dollars to other people to contribute to President Bush's re-election campaign in an attempt to skirt a $2,000 limit on individual contributions.

Tom Noe, a coin dealer already embroiled in an Ohio state government scandal, was taken into custody just after 8 a.m. and was being held there by the FBI, said David Bauer, Assistant U.S. Attorney in Toledo.

Noe was charged in a federal indictment Thursday with illegally funneling $45,400 to the president's re-election bid through two dozen friends and associates.

The Bush-Cheney campaign donated $6,000 it received from Noe and his wife, Bernadette, to charity, said Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

The committee said it is cooperating with federal authorities but will not return $100,000 that Noe raised for Bush for now. "At this time it appears those funds were given appropriately," McLear said.