Have you ever heard of the Carlyle Group? It’s a “multinational conglomerate” that “actually gained from 9/11,” according to an extensive segment in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. The Bushes have worked for it, the Bin Ladens have invested in it. Etc etc.
Why does this matter? Well, maybe it doesn’t—you be the judge—but one of the firm’s managing directors, James Attwood, just gave Democratic Senate candidate Steve Novick the maximum donation, $2300, according to the campaign’s latest 48-hour filings (on page 7, though Attwood’s name is misspelled).
Do most candidates have a donor they wish they didn’t? Sure. Is this one especially, just, well… kinda icky? Yep.
I’ve left a message with Novick’s campaign for comment.
Novick’s campaign manager Jake Weigler responds (and hits right back at opponent Jeff Merkley):
James was a law school classmate of Steve’s at Harvard and both graduated in 1984. He gave to the campaign due to his personal relationship with Steve and not to curry political favor. I think it should be clear to anyone in Oregon by now that you aren’t going to sway Steve Novick’s opinion on an issue by making a political contribution.
It is impressive that the Jeff Merkley would start casting stones about political donors. This is a man who has taken money from people at Henry Kissinger’s firm, from Wal-Mart, from the tobacco industry and tobacco lobbyist, from drug company executives and lobbyist, and from oil industry lobbyists. The public should appreciate exactly where Jeff Merkley’s out-of-state bankroll is coming from and I don’t think they are all personal friends of Jeff’s.