Barr writes (or wrote) a column for the, but that didn’t stop the paper from doing a little digging into his PAC now that he has declared for president.
Here’s the story (which was previously covered by Last Free Voice):
Barr’s group is a so-called “leadership fund,” a type of Barr’s use of donations for fund-raising and his own expenses is unlike most leadership funds, said Sarah Dufendach, chief of legislative affairs for Common Cause, the Washington-based nonpartisan public-interest advocacy group.used by current and aspiring party leaders to collect money and disperse it to candidates and committees. …
“It’s not supposed to be for the benefit of that particular person,” she said. “The leadership PACs are supposed to be for the support of other candidates. He is just sustaining himself. …
In the last five years the fund has given $125,200 — about three cents of every dollar raised — to federal candidates and other campaign committees, has found in a review of reports filed with the . Another $81,875 went to state and local campaigns.
On April 1, former “If we don’t act fast – I’m afraid conservatives may well lose out again!” he implored in a letter sent by his . …wrote to rally conservatives across the country to stop liberals from solidifying control of Congress.
The letter made no mention of Barr’s recent campaign for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for president, in which he has criticized many Republicans in Congress. Libertarians will choose their candidate at a convention this week in Denver.
Barr, a former federal prosecutor, defended the fund’s solicitations and expenditures in a telephone interview. He declined to answer questions about individual donations and the letter’s characterization of their importance.
“I won’t be cross-examined” about the fund’s finances, he said.
In an e-mail, the fund’s treasurer, Paul Kilgore of, wrote that the letter was “in production well before the decision to form an exploratory committee was reached. … [T]here is certainly no requirement that we mention anything specifically in our letters.”
The story has also been picked up by other news outlets.
You can read LFV’s exclusives on Bob Barr at the following links:
Hat tip Susan Hogarth