Over a week ago there was speculation that Lou Barletta was in financial trouble according to a story in the Citizen's Voice.
In his typical Russian style propaganda Ed Mitchell was quoted in the article- "The spokesman for Barletta’s opponent, Democratic U.S. Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, said the Barletta campaign’s denial of money troubles doesn’t ring true.
“Usually, when a campaign starts buying day to day, they’re having money troubles. You can spin it any way you want,” Kanjorski spokesman Ed Mitchell said."
According to an article that appeared today in PolictickerPA "The Congressional campaign of Republican Hazleton Mayor Lou Barletta says it has now raised over $1 million."
While it may be true that Kanjorski will raise more money most of it will come from lobbyists and PACS that he owes favors or has performed favors. Google the Community Choice in Real Estate Act. You will get your answer why the National Association of Realtors have paid over $900,000.00 for Kanjorski mailings and television ads. In addition the association paid for a trip to Miami.
But there is real story in this situation that is not being covered. The Community Choice in Real Estate Act has been proposed every session since 2001 and NEVER PASSED! Paul Kanjorski and Ed Mitchell have been touting the influence and power that comes with being in Washington for 24 years. Evidently its not enough to get once simple act passed. Kanjorski should hang his head in shame for not delivering victory to the NAR. Of course one would think that the NAR would have a Plan B by now rather than keeping a dead horse in the barn.