A new player in the legislative research field in LR is Capsearch. Matt Price of Capsearch passes along a tidbit mined from its database of campaign contributions, drawn from public records and, unlike some free on-line services, updated almost instantly with the latest reports.
First the setup:
"My feeling is I don't think elections should be bought by individuals or lobbyists or special interests." -- Sen. Kim Hendren, (R-Gravette) in a recent intervew about his plans to spend some of his personal wealth to challenge U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
Sen. Kim Hendren's Top 20 2008 contributors
$2,000 -- Kraft Global Foods, Stephens Group, Wal-Mart Stores PAC
$1,000 -- AHC PAC, American Electric Power Committee for Responsible Government, ARSEF PAC, Committee to Save Arkansas Jobs PAC, Gulf States Toyota, Jim Walton, Rural Arkansas Telecommmunications, Southwestern Energy PAC, Stephens Investment Holdings, Waste Management.
$500 -- AR PAC, Arkansas Dental Association, Arkansas Financial Services Association, Statewide Trustee Services, Wilson and Associates
$250 -- Arkansas Asphalt Pavement Association, Dixie Restaurants.
Noted. Whoever runs against Sen. Lincoln won't have to be worried about being branded as the only corporate interest tool in the race.