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Thursday, February 19, 2009

L & P Media President A Past Republican Donor
by: robert.harding
Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 09:57:20 AM EST

Last week, the big story to close out the week was that a web vendor used to create websites for Republican state senators also did some political work on the side, creating campaign websites for Republican senators and, most recently, sending out e-mail blasts targeting a few Democratic senators, namely Sen. Craig Johnson and Sen. Darrel Aubertine.
The web vendor is L & P Media. We know that they have been the provider of services for the Republicans over the years. But it looks like the head of L & P Media also gave something back.
According to this report from Albany-based The Business Review, the President of L & P Media is a man named John Daniels. According to campaign finance reports, Daniels gave $755 to Republicans from 2003 to 2005.
This is how it breaks down:
- On Sept. 11, 2003, Daniels gave $250 to the New York State Republican Committee. Almost two months prior to that, Daniels' company, Light and Power Media, was paid $6,336 by the New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee.
- On August 19, 2004, Daniels gave $500 to the New York State Republican Committee.
- In 2005, Daniels gave a small donation of $5 to the New York State Senate Republican Campaign Committee.
It wasn't until 2006 that big money started flowing L & P Media's way. According to the total expenditures paid to L & P Media, they were paid $108,378.72 for their services, which included work for the Senate Republicans and work for individual Republican senators, including Sen. Charles Fuschillo and newly-elected Sen. Roy McDonald, who is serving the same district that Joe Bruno previously represented.
In fairness to Daniels, he did give $1,000 to Eliot Spitzer's gubernatorial campaign. But that isn't what has gotten him in the news recently. Sure, the contributions he made weren't during the time he was making big money from the Senate Republicans, but this just raises more questions about the practices of the Senate Republicans and using a company to do work in a government capacity and in a political capacity.
Read on..