Jim Hood, Pay for Play with full documentation

Mississippi we have a problem, your Attorney General is selling state contracts for campaign donations and Alben Hopkins can prove it, full release after the Jump, Here is the meat: 

On November 15, 2005, Jim Hood received $15,000 from an attorney with Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz of New York. Their firm received a state contract 3 months later on February 16, 2006. In return, they contributed to Hood another 15,000 dollars a week after they received the contract (February 23).

After receiving $25,000 from partners with Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger & Grossman of New York on February 14, 16, & 17th, Jim Hood signed over to them 3 separate state contracts a week later on February 21 and March 14, 2006. The same firm then gave another series of contributions on April 16, 24, 25, & 26, which followed with another contract soon thereafter on May 17, 2006.

Jim Hood received contributions of $11,500 to his campaign from Schiffrin, Barroway, Topaz & Kessler of Pennsylvania in February 2006, which led to contingency fee contracts immediately following in March and April.

Likewise, Wolf Popper of New York contributed $15,000 to Jim Hood on February 22, 2006 and received a contingency fee contract just a few weeks later on March 23, 2006.

On September 19, 2005 Jim Hood signed Baron & Budd of Texas to a contingency fee state contract, which soon led to another $19,200 for Hood’s campaign on November 7 & 8.

Looks bad, but can he make it stick on the ever so popular Jim Hood?

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al_hopkins11.doc Hood’s contributions document

Hopkins Release after the jump

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2007
CONTACT: Michael Luethy, (601) 939-8468

Hood Launches False and Negative Attack on Al Hopkins’ Military Experience

Hood’s Ludicrous Attack is Smokescreen to Hide the Fact He’s Given State Contracts to Law Firms Who’ve Given Him Over $400,000 in Campaign Contributions

JACKSON, MS – This morning Attorney General Jim Hood launched a false and negative attack on retired Major General Al Hopkins’ military experience in an effort to hide the way he appears to have sold state contingency fee contracts to his campaign contributors. In a press forum sponsored by the Stennis Institute, Hopkins documented the ways Hood repeatedly received campaign contributions in close proximity to state contracts he awarded to the contributors’ firms.

“Jim Hood’s false and negative attack on my military service is a ludicrous smokescreen by a man who is desperate to hide the way he appears to be selling state contracts to his political contributors,” stated Hopkins. “Sadly, Mr. Hood has a pattern of behavior that creates the unhealthy perception that Mississippi’s Attorney General’s office is for sale. The timing of his campaign contributions and the contracts he awarded to attorneys suggests the connection is no coincidence-it suggests Jim Hood’s version of justice is ‘Pay to Play’. We don’t know if he’s actually selling state contracts for campaign contributions, or just exercising horrendously bad judgment, but Mississippi deserves better in her Attorney General.”

Desperate to save his political career, Hood falsely accused Hopkins’ of “padding his resume” when in fact Hopkins was appointed Chief Judge of the Mississippi Court of Military Appeals by Governor Kirk Fordice in 1996 and reappointed by Governor Haley Barbour in 2004 after a lifetime career in the military. Hopkins began his military service as an enlisted man in 1965 in the 31st Infantry Division and retired as a Major General, after serving his final four years as Assistant Adjutant General for the State of Mississippi. He is a graduate of the Judges Advocate General’s Career Course and General Staff School of the United States Army, University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia. He served as Staff Judge Advocate for Mississippi Emergency Operations Headquarters; Command and Control Headquarters; Det. 1 STARC and Special Staff Judge Advocate to the Adjutant General of the State of Mississippi.

Documentation:

On November 15, 2005, Jim Hood received $15,000 from an attorney with Bernstein Liebhard & Lifshitz of New York. Their firm received a state contract 3 months later on February 16, 2006. In return, they contributed to Hood another 15,000 dollars a week after they received the contract (February 23).

After receiving $25,000 from partners with Bernstein, Litowitz, Berger & Grossman of New York on February 14, 16, & 17th, Jim Hood signed over to them 3 separate state contracts a week later on February 21 and March 14, 2006. The same firm then gave another series of contributions on April 16, 24, 25, & 26, which followed with another contract soon thereafter on May 17, 2006.

Jim Hood received contributions of $11,500 to his campaign from Schiffrin, Barroway, Topaz & Kessler of Pennsylvania in February 2006, which led to contingency fee contracts immediately following in March and April.

Likewise, Wolf Popper of New York contributed $15,000 to Jim Hood on February 22, 2006 and received a contingency fee contract just a few weeks later on March 23, 2006.

On September 19, 2005 Jim Hood signed Baron & Budd of Texas to a contingency fee state contract, which soon led to another $19,200 for Hood’s campaign on November 7 & 8.

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One Comment on “Jim Hood, Pay for Play with full documentation”

  1. shirley drennan Says:

    good job Mr Hood


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