by Bill Sloat
Posted In: News
at 01:24 PM | Permalink
August 2012 check from dead billionaire supports Ohio Senate Republicans
of the current election cycle, Republicans have been howling that
Democrats are potential fraudsters who might send voters from graveyards
to the polls. Witness the spate of new GOP-enacted voter-ID laws. But maybe it’s the people yelling fraud who really bear watching. How about getting cash from the dead to finance campaigns? The Republicans have taken a $5,000 check from a Cincinnati billionaire 10 months after he died.
Cincinnati Reds owner Carl Lindner passed away on Oct. 17, 2011 at the
age of 92. The Republican Senate Campaign Committee, a fundraising arm
of the state’s legislative majority, reports it received a $5,000
political donation from Lindner on Aug. 24, 2012.
So far, the
Republicans have not returned the money. Nor do they seem to have
noticed its spectral source. Somehow, Lindner came back from the dead to
pour money into state GOP coffers — or (much more likely) the purported
donation from Carl Lindner is false. It could be fraud. It could be a
mistake. It could be money laundering. There is just no way that Lindner
himself could write a personal check from his grave and send it to
who ranked as high as 135 on Forbes' list of the wealthiest Americans,
had a fortune estimated at $2.3 billion in 2006. In life, he was a major
financial backer of Republican causes. He also was known for handing
out small cards that carried hokey sayings. One of his cards used to
carry this message: “I like to do my giving while I’m living so I’m
knowing where it’s going.”In this case, he did his giving while he wasn’t living.
was a legend in the business world and started American Financial Group.
He owned the Reds for a time, and also Chiquita Brands International.
Former U.S. Atty. Gen Edwin Meese III recalled in Lindner’s obit that he
was “a great patriot, an outstanding entrepreneur and a generous civic
leader. His support for our work in preserving constitutional government
and the rule of law is deeply appreciated as an enduring legacy.”
You can look the donation for Lindner by searching here, where it shows up on the Ohio Secretary of State’s campaign finance database.