McConnell's Deposition

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Today, the Sunlight Foundation unveiled WhatsMcConnellHiding.com and a billboard in Louisville. (Katie will blog more on this later.)

 

I thought it was a good time to dig up this deposition taken during the discovery on the McCain-Feingold lawsuit. In it, friend and colleague, John Bonifaz (then of the National Voting Rights Institute) questions Senator Mitch McConnell about the types of people who give -- and don't give -- to his campaign. Here's a transcript, courtesy of TomPaine.com:

 

John Bonifaz: You stated earlier that you know some people who have given you the maximum level of contributions. Do you know any schoolteachers who've given you that maximum level of $1,000?

Mitch McConnell: I -- I don't know what the professions are of the donors. The FEC records I believe require to make our best effort to get that. But I couldn't tell you off the top of my head what the incomes -- or I wouldn't know what their income was or what their profession is of donors.

Bonifaz: Do you know any waiters or waitresses who've given you a $1,000 or more?

McConnell: As I said, I don't know the income level or the occupations. I have no recollection of that, of the people who support me.

Bonifaz: Do you know any coal miners who have given you $1,000 or more?

McConnell: As I said, I don't -- I don't -- we don't check our donors to find out what their occupations are or what their income level is.

Bonifaz: Do you know any nurses who have given you $1,000 or more?

McConnell: As I said, we don't check on the occupation or the income level of donors.

Bonifaz: Do you know any janitors or maids who have given you $1,000 or more?

McConnell: I don't -- as I've said, I don't know the occupation nor do I know the -- how much that my donors make.

Bonifaz: Do you know anyone who holds a minimum wage job who's given you $1,000 or more?

McConnell: As I've said, I don't know the income level or occupation of the donors that have contributed to me.

Bonifaz: Do you know any corporate executives who have given you $1,000 or more?

McConnell: As I said, I don't -- I don't look at the income level or the occupation.

Bonifaz: Senator, you understand you're under oath?

McConnell: I do.

Bonifaz: Do you know any corporate executives who have ever given you $1,000 or more?

McConnell: I know a number of people who've given me $1,000 or more in a whole variety of different occupations.

Bonifaz: Do you know if any of them are corporate executives?

McConnell: Some of them are corporate executives; some of them are other things.

 

In unison, now, WHAT IS MCCONNELL REALLY HIDING?