INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Tim Durham is well-known in political circles as a big donor toboth the Republican Party and GOP candidates.
Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi is Durham's closestpolitical connection. Brizzi acknowledges his friendship, though hewon't comment on the FBI raid.
Wednesday, Brizzi released a statement admitting that heinitially accepted a position on the board of Fair Financial, oneof the companies raided by the FBI Tuesday.
"Mr. Durham recently asked me to serve on the Board of one ofhis companies, Fair Financial. While I initially accepted theposition, I never attended a meeting of the Board, never voted as aBoard member, was never involved in any of the business decisionsof Fair Financial, and was never compensated as a member of theBoard. Upon reading the October IBJ article and uncertain whether Ihad yet formally taken a position on the Board, I indicated to Mr.Durham that I was no longer interested in serving on the Board,"the statement read.
But Republicans from Marion County Sheriff candidate TimMotsinger to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar have benefitted fromcampaign contributions given by Durham. They include Governor MitchDaniels, who has received close to $200,000 and Indiana HouseMinority Leader Brian Bosma.
"I did accept $5,000 from Tim Durham in 2006 and then $5,000 in2007," said state Senator Mike Delph (R-Carmel).
Senator Delph didn't know Durham until he became a candidate.Now he worries that about the possibility that he took money thatwill be deemed tainted.
"If it becomes very clear that there's a problem our campaignwill certainly deal with it in an appropriate manner," saidDelph.
Delph said he's not sure if he'll give the money back.
"I'm not sure what we'll do," said Delph. "I mean, we could givethe money back, we could donate it to charity."
He won't be alone. Attorney General Greg Zoeller and StateTreasurer Richard Mourdock are also on the list of Republicans whoaccepted Durham donations. Durham also hosted party fundraisers athis office and his home.
Outside Indiana, Durham contributed to Rudy Guiliani's run forthe presidency. Our research shows he gave to just one Democrat,Congressman Baron Hill. Hill and Durham are both natives ofSeymour.
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