Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Bad times for Republican ethics

Taff indicted for misuse of campaign contributions |
Adam Taff, a two-time Republican candidate for Congress, has been indicted in federal court on charges of converting political campaign contributions for personal use and wire fraud.

U.S. Atty. Eric Melgren said that in December 2003 — the year between his two failed campaigns — Taff agreed to buy a Lake Quivira home from John Myers, Leawood, founder and chairman of Myers National Mortgage Company. While applying for a mortgage, Taff claimed among his assets two bank accounts, totaling $311,000, that actually belonged to his campaign for the 3rd District congressional seat.

According to Melgren, what followed was a complicated financial transaction on Feb. 10, 2004, in which Taff drew on $175,000 in campaign funds for a $300,000 bank check made out to Myers.
This is the man who nearly represented Kansas in the House.

The indictment makes fascinating bedtime reading. I wonder if Taff cooked this up all on his own.