Freshman U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, has received $789,238 in 2008 campaign contributions from finance, insurance and real estate (FIRE) interests, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. Only seven House members have received more. Considering all that campaign cash, Klein’s support for the $700 billion financial industry bailout “kind of looks like a conflict of interest to me,” said Klein’s Republican challenger, Allen West, who opposed the bailout. Klein spokeswoman Melissa Silverman called it “outrageous to suggest Congressman Klein had the interests of anyone other than South Florida families in mind.”
Outrageous even to suggest it!I interviewed Lt. Col. West in June.
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