Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) was one of three Conference Committee members who removed the Moran amendment defunding USDA horse slaughter inspection from the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, H.R. 2112.
Blunt, who opposed S.727, the 111th Congress Senate version of the horse slaughter ban, is said by the OpenCongress Money Trail to have received $30,850 in campaign contributions by pro-slaughter interests.
In 2005, Blunt was listed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-profit legal watchdog group, as one of the 13 most corrupt members of Congress. In 2006, he was again included in CREW's most corrupt members of Congress list, and again in 2010.
Livestock/pro-slaughter interest group campaign contributions for Roy Blunt
2006-2007 Campaign Cycle (OpenSecrets.org)
|2007-2008 Campaign Cycle (OpenSecrets.org)|| 2009-2010 Campaign Cycle (OpenSecrets.org)|
| || || American Quarter Horse Assn: $2,000|
| King Ranch: $1,000|| || King Ranch: $3,500|
| Livestock Marketing Assn: $1,000|| || Livestock Marketing Assn: $2,000|
| National Cattlemen's Beef Assn: $10,000|| National Cattlemen's Beef Assn: $9,000|| National Cattlemen's Beef Assn: $4,379|
| National Pork Producers Council: $6,000|| National Pork Producers Council: $6,500|| National Pork Producers Council: $10,000|
| || || Texas Cattle Feeders Assn: $2,500|
| || || Alice Walton, Wal-Mart family and cutting horse breeder: $4,800 (source)|
- Why did King Ranch, one of the biggest cattle and horse ranches in the world, donate a total of $6,900 to Roy Blunt's political campaigns? King Ranch is in Texas, not Missouri..
- Why did Alice Walton, Wal-Mart family member, the 21st richest person in the world, and a cutting horse breeder, contribute $4,800 to Blunt's campaign fund in 2010? Walton lives in Arkansas and on her "Rocking W Ranch" in Texas.
- During the 2010-2011 election cycle, half of Roy Blunt's campaign contributions come from outside Missouri. (See 2010-2011 contributions map.) Why?
Roy Blunt/Tom DeLay/Jack Abramoff timeline quoted as circulating GOP House member offices here:
- June 1999 - Abramoff donates $5,000 to ROYB fund.
- February 2000 - Abramoff donates an additional $1,500 to ROYB Fund.
- March 2000 - Abramoff donates maximum amount to Matt Blunt's campaign for Missouri Secretary of State.
- April 2000 - Abramoff's Mariannas Island client donates $3,000 to ROYB fund.
- April 2000 - Abramoff client, Juan Franco (Puerto Rico), contributes $3,000 to ROYB fund.
- August 2000 - Blunt and DeLay host Republican National Committee events sponsored in part by Abramoff client, the Mississippi Band of Choctaws.
- September 2000 - Blunt requests GAO study on tribal recognition issues and simultaneously seeks a six month moratorium on further tribal recognition - protecting existing casinos from further competition.
- February 2002 - GAO report on tribal recognition issued.
- March 2002 - Blunt writes letter to Department of Interior citing the GAO report and expressed specific concerns about the Jenna Band of Choctaws and their status in Louisiana. The Jenna Band would have been competition for Abramoff's client with tribal recognition approval.
- March 2003 - Abramoff contributes to ROYB fund.
- May 2003 - Blunt sends letter to Department of Interior Secretary Gale Norton regarding his concerns about Indian gaming and specifically the Jenna Band in Louisiana.
- June 2003 - Blunt joins DeLay, House Speaker Hastert and House Majority Whip Cantor in penning another letter to DOI Secretary Norton regarding the opposed Jenna Band casino.
Timeline Graphic including Blunt's Request for GAO Report on Tribal Recognition
Graphic obtained from a Wayback Machine web archive for the now-defunct site "Fired Up America" at http://www.firedupamerica.com/. A PDF of the graphic is archived here.
Timeline from the New York Daily News illustrating money laundering and influence peddling on behalf of a Marinna Islands garment manufacturer (page no longer exists but was clipped and referenced here):
- March 30, 2000 - DeLay's ARMPAC fund donates $50,000 to Blunt's ROYB fund.
- April-May 2000 - ROYB fund pays $40,000 to Alexander Strategy Group, which is run by DeLay's former chief of staff. Christine DeLay also works there. (ASG is closing its doors this month due to the Abramoff scandal.)
- April 14, 2000 - Abramoff client from Marinna Islands (garment manufacturer fined by the U. S. government for sweatshop practices) contributes $3,000 to ROYB fund.
- May 9, 2000 - ROYB fund contributes $1,000 to Cancer Research Foundation by way of political consultant Jim Ellis (indicted with DeLay), who runs ARMPAC.
- May 24, 2000 - ARMPAC contributes $100,000 to ROYB fund.
- June 15, 2000 - ROYB fund contributes $100,000 to Missouri Republican Party, which in turn eventually donates a total of $160,000 to Matt Blunt's campaign for Missouri Secretary of State.
- October/November 2000 - DeLay's ARMPAC fund contributes $50,000 to Missouri Republic Party.
- November 2000 - Matt Blunt is elected Missouri Secretary of State.
- November/December 2000 - the Missouri Republican Party contributes $50,000 back to ARMPAC.
- November 2000 - Abramoff charges Marinna Island client for meetings held with Trevor Blackann, an aide to Roy Blunt.
- September 2001 - Abramoff lobbyist for Marinna Island client meets with Blunt staffer John Dutton to discuss strategies in fighting a minimum wage bill. The minimum wage bill never made it into law.
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