UPDATE 4/30/14 -- Grimm has been arrested, and now see this column about Schock, Grimm, and a Peoria couple named Frye!
The swamp grows even murkier.
- Elaine Hopkins
PEORIA, IL -- The widespread news coverage of the forthcoming indictment of Cong. Michael Grimm, a New York Republican, rings a bell -- a connection to Cong. Aaron Schock, Peoria Republican of the 18th Congressional District in Illinois.
It seems that the person accused of illegal campaign contributions to Grimm also gave contributions to Schock in a manner that seems quite similar, according to news sources.
Here's the story, from Roll Call: "Diana Durand, of Houston, Texas, was arrested last Friday and accused of a contribution scheme to use the names of others to funnel $10,000 to the 2010 campaign of Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y. She allegedly lied to federal agents about her actions. Rep. Grimm’s 2009-2010 campaign finance records show he received $41,550 from contributors in Texas, including $22,700 from employees of Sun Coast Resources.
"Durand is also accused of funneling other funds to a second candidate. Durand, an employee of Sun Coast Resources, who contributed $2,400 to Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., is accused of giving $4,800 to co-worker to be a ‘straw donor’ and asking the money be passed on in contributions to Rep. Schock. Schock’s campaign finance records shows he received $13,309 from contributors in Texas, including several who also gave to Grimm."
Will the Peoria Journal Star follow this money? Don't count on it.
-- Elaine Hopkins