10 Days: Dole accepts disgraced Senator's cash

DAY 10

On October 15, 2008, Elizabeth Dole accepted $5,000 from disgraced Louisiana Sen. David Vitter’s PAC. That’s the same David Vitter who was caught calling a prostitution service, the same David Vitter who is married with children. Two of those calls to the prostitution service were made during roll call votes when Vitter should have been on the Senate floor voting. Recently, Elizabeth Dole and third party groups on her behalf have run a barrage of negative ads that attack Kay’s values and distort her record of working for North Carolina’s best interests. But in her typical fashion, Elizabeth Dole’s acceptance of Vitter’s money sends a strong signal to North Carolina families that she does not espouse the values she claims to.

Dole Accepted $5,000 From Sen. David Vitter’s PAC. On October 15, Elizabeth Dole accepted a $5,000 contribution from Louisiana Senator David Vitter’s Louisiana Reform PAC. [Dole 2008 Pre-General FEC Report]

Vitter Called Prostitution Service 5 Times, 2 Calls Were Made During Roll Call Votes. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that “a phone number for Sen. David Vitter, R-La., appears at least five times in the billing records of what federal authorities say was a Washington call-girl operation, the first just four months after he was sworn I to the U.S. House in 1999 and the last on Mardi Gras in 2001.” Talking Points Memo reported that two of the calls were made during roll call votes in the House while Vitter was a member of the House. [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 7/11/07; Talking Points Memo, 7/12/07]

Vitter Admitted He Used A Call-Girl Service In Washington, But Denied That He Used One In New Orleans. CNN reported that “Sen. David Vitter broke a week of silence on Monday,” and, “admitted he made calls to an alleged prostitution operation in Washington,” but “denied allegations he had relationships with New Orleans prostitutes.” [CNN, 7/17/07]

Vitter Would Have Faced Criminal Charges, But Statute Of Limitations Had Expired. In July 2007, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Sen. David Vitter “isn’t likely to face any criminal liability over allegations by the operator of a former Canal Street brother that he was a customer or his own apology for his connection to an alleged Washington D.C. prostitution ring. The statute of limitations for bringing solicitation of prostitution charges, a misdemeanor in both Louisiana and Washington D.C. suggest that the opportunity to bring charges has passed.” [New Orleans Times-Picayune, 7/11/07]

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