Today Y'all Politics has posted a few pages from a website called "Follow the Money," which tracks campaign contributions across the country. It's much easier to search than the Mississippi Secretary of State's website (Delbert Hosemann, please take note).
Just playing around on "Follow the Money" on a Friday afternoon netted this interesting factoid: Ashley Ogden gave $5,000 to Chief Justice Smith's opponent, current Associate Justice Jim Kitchens.
Now that's one hell of a way to recruit a colleague . . . but there's more:
Ashley's donation was given on November 25, 2008, after the election.
So was that a "hedge your bets" donation?
Or maybe a gift in gratitude for delivering a highly-qualified "Of Counsel" to his firm?