I just saw this tweet from DownwithTyranny:
Steve Raby, a Dem trying to run against Parker Griffith has donated thousands of dollars to Repugs for years. Taz Shepard only gives to Dems
Now, I looked up Shepard's contribution history as soon as I heard he was considering the race ... and it's pretty bland and pretty Democratic: Bud Cramer, Glenn Browder, Marsha Folsom, Susan Parker, Parker Griffith, the SDEC, Brad Carson, Evan Bayh, Chuck Robb, Tom Daschle, Bill Nelson, Howell Heflin.
But, I hadn't bothered to check Raby's history -- until now. And Down with Tyranny is correct, he's given lot's of money to Repubs. Opensecrets shows that since 1996 Stephen Raby has contributed $33,950 to Republican causes and $73,950 to Democratic causes. He has contributed to both the State Democratic Executive Committee of Alabama and the Republican Party of Alabama. In the 2008 cycle he contributed to both Mike Rogers, R ($2000) and Josh Segall, D (
$500 $1000*) in the AL-03 contest. He not only contributed to all the Republican Senators and Representatives from Alabama, but to the likes of Duncan Hunter, Curt Weldon, Lisa Murkowski and Kit Bond. Raby's last Republican contribution was $2300 to Richard Shelby in 2008.
I'm not setting up as the purity police, but this concerns me.
* Correction, there were two $500 contributions to Josh Segall.