I was looking at the Jackson Free Press post-election article on the election, which lists the top donors to the two Democratic campaigns:
The Candidates' Top 10 Individual Campaign Donors
• Willie Bozeman, WB Consolidated, Terry, Miss.: $10,000
• Dudley Hughes, Hughes Oil Company: $10,000
• Larry Johnson, Landmark Homes: $10,000
• Charles Pickett, CP Development, Terry, Miss.: $7,500
• William Mounger: $5,500
• Dick Molpus: $5,200
• Leland Speed: $5,000
• Samuel L. Agnew, Environmental Technical Sales Inc., Baton Rouge: $5,000
• Wade Creekmore Jr., Ridgeland: $5,000
• James Creekmore: $5,000
Harvey Johnson Jr.
• Velma Johnson: $10,000
• Willie Wilson, Illinois business owner: $9,000
• Michael Matthews, consultant with LSG Strategies Services, of Washington: $5,000
• LSG Strategies Services: $4,305
• Richard Boykin, of Boykin & Associates, LLC: $3,000
• Ranjit Dhaliwal, Jackson business owner: $3,000
• Doug Dale, Jackson architect: $2,500
• Areeb Sadaat, Garrett Enterprises: $2,000
• John McKee, ABMB Engineers: $2,000
• George Schimmel, Jackson retired physician: $1,250
I was intrigued that Michael Matthews, consultant with LSG Strategies Services, gave $5,000, and LSG Strategies Services itself gave $4,305, to Harvey Johnson's campaign.
LSG Strategies claims to be a "full services targeting, grassroots organizing, and phone contact firm," according to their Web page. Their client list includes many Democratic Party oriented organizations such as Democratic National Committee (DNC), Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC), Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), etc., and several State Democratic parties (but not the Mississippi Democratic Party).
According to Matthews' bio page on the LSG Website, "Michael Matthews most recently was the Political Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for the 2002 election cycle. Prior to his tenure with the DCCC, Mr. Matthews served as Political Director to the 2000 Gore/Lieberman presidential campaign. . . .
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"Mr. Matthews has spent 20 years in campaign politics. In 1986 he managed former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy's first congressional campaign. In that historic election Mr. Espy became the first African American elected to Congress from Mississippi since Reconstruction. As the general consultant for Harvey Johnson Jr. in 1997, Matthews played a key part in another historical election when Mr. Johnson became Jackson, Mississippi's first African American mayor."
Here's what I don't get: Wouldn't you expect a campaign consultant to be receiving money from a political campaign, not giving money to one? What's up with this? Or did LSG donate free services? If so, why?