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Edward Still quoted by the Orlando Sentinel on campaign finance

In a story entitled "Campaign says Harris won't turn to inheritance," the Orlando Sentinel quotes Edward Still on the confusion surrounding Katherine Harris' changed story about where she will get the money to run her campaign for U.S. Senate.

The paper reports:

In an effort to jump-start her sputtering Senate campaign, Rep. Katherine Harris went on national television invoking the memory of her late father and saying the money he left her will form the financial foundation of her challenge to Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Now the Harris campaign says that's not the case.

Campaign spokeswoman Morgan Dobbs said Thursday that Harris will sell her existing assets rather than rely on money from her father, a bank executive who died in January.

In trying to understand why Harris might change the source of the campaign funds from her inheritance to her other property, the Sentinel reporter called Edward Still:

Ed Still, a Birmingham, Ala., attorney who specializes in voting law and campaign-finance law, said he was unaware of any legal reason that might prompt Harris to use existing assets rather than inheritance money.

The attorney, who maintains an election law Web site, said, "As long as the money's hers, it doesn't matter whether she earned it or it was left to her." Still said it may be that the estate money will take time to make its way through the court.

A one-page version of the story is here.

This entry was posted by Edward at 1:03 PM, 25 March 2006 | Categories: News Room

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