Has Most Dough In District

Mark Foley Tops Floridian Democrat

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Mark Foley’s political career may have ended after Lane Hudson exposed his page-loving ways, but the Floridian Republicans still holding on to a lot of dough. Even more than Democratic Representative Tim Mahoney, who’s currently running for reelection:

Although freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney is expected to report later today that he has more than $1.1 million in cash on hand for his 2008 reelection bid, he’s not the cash king in congressional District 16.

That distinction still belongs to scandal-tainted former Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, who resigned last year. The still-existing Friends of Mark Foley campaign reported today that it has $1.3 million in leftover money even after dishing out $151,202 in legal fees last quarter and cutting refund checks totaling $18,492 to past contributors.

Wait, wait – Mark Foley still has friends? Also, why should a disgraced politician be allowed to use donated money to fight a salacious legal battle?