Robin Hayes, NC-08: Bought and Paid For

Well, I'll be damned. Robin Hayes sure is making it easy on me. I do enjoy research and I had planned to take a look at his time in Congress and line up his votes and compare them to the influx of contributions surrounding his votes, but I didn't think I would find something so damning in the first couple of minutes of research.

On Wednesday I wrote about the stunt Hayes pulled at the gas station when he announced he would introduce legislation that would provide tax breaks to those companies who install facilities to provide E85.

It gets better below the fold...

Today, while reviewing his recent FEC filings I find that he has received two $2500 contributions from the Petroleum Marketers Association, Inc. They were dated 4/21/06. Thirteen days later, Robin Hayes introduced legislation that would benefit members of this association.

Don't let the name fool you. PMAA's members are independently owned service stations and convenience stores - the very businesses that will benefit from this new tax legislation.

It took 13 days from the receipt of the $5000 contribution to the introduction of legislation that would be favorable to the contributor. I probably didn't have to connect that dot for you, but I wanted to anyway.

I'm not saying that Robin Hayes broke any laws when he accepted $5000 right before he introduced legislation that would benefit the members of the association giving the money. I'm just saying......

Update: Someday I'll learn to finish my research before I open my mouth or start to type. PMAA has only made two contributions to other candidates in the month of April, John Mica and Kevin McCarthy. Both men were given $1000. I guess they weren't doing as much for PMAA. Remember, I'm not saying Robin Hayes did anything in exchange for the $5000...I'm just saying......



I'm just sayin'

Robin Hayes is a lyin' ho?

Great job, SD. You're awesome.

Funny, A!

Love the dollar bill eyes. This guy is so blatant. I wonder if the Kissell camp knows?????

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

You're just saying

That Robin Hayes' votes are for sale.

Pay to play, right Congressman Hayes?

Grease the palm, see the legislation.

Who paid you to vote for CAFTA?

Scrutiny Hooligans -

I'm going to keep digging

I didn't think I'd find anything so obvious, though.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

That's what happened to me

A month ago I Googled Abramoff and Taylor and found one old ignored blog entry that led me on a trail of at least $30,000 Chuck had gotten in 2003 for two pieces of such unethical legislation that Repubs went on the Congressional REcord opposing him. (I can a tie another $20 grand to it but it's iffy so I stuck with the blatant stuff.)

No one had ever covered it then and and I doubt anyone will cover it now. But I did my thing yesterday and we'll see. I'm sure we could find more on Taylor but I spent the last three weeks on it and don't know what I accomplished!
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.

We just keep repeating it over and over again

You never know when someone will finally listen.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

That's the truth

And I really need to hear that. I get nervous every time I hit submit so sometimes I just want to submit it and be done. I have to remember that I need to keep it up.

Even so, I think I'm going to start interviewing candidates rather than researching this one scumbag. I'd thought of doing McHenry and Foxx next but I need a break!

Thanks for all your encouragement and advice, SD. :)
“All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.”
So enjoy the Drama.


What you both do is incredibly valuable and can trigger a whole host of new, important conversations. It's the Butterfly Effect, only in your case, it's a 900 pound butterfly stirring up a storm around Chuck and Robin.

I do NOT weigh that much

I just lost 20 pounds thank you very much...and just for that I'm going to go have some ice cream!


Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.