Katherine Harris Also on the MZM Payroll

Katherine Harris, who claims a nationwide fundraising base after her starring role in the 2000 general election, might be right. The defense contractor that’s being investigated for disguising – through a home sale – a $700,000 illegal campaign contribution to a Republican California legislator wrote big checks to Harris too.

St. Petersburg Times:

A defense contractor under federal investigation gave Rep. Katherine Harris, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, about $42,000 during the 2003-04 election cycle.

MZM Inc., a Washington company that does millions of dollars of work for the federal government, has been in the news for its role in a deal with Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif. Cunningham sold a house to MZM founder Mitchell Wade, who lost money on it after putting it back on the market almost immediately.

Harris, R-Sarasota, got $10,000 from the MZM political action committee, and another $32,000 from MZM employees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks campaign money.

The $32,000 came in 16 checks for $2,000 each – 14 of them written on one day, March 23, 2004.


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