As you may recall, former Congressman J.D. Hayworth has pledged for months that on April 15, he will reveal the names of those who've donated money to a trust fund he set up to help pay legal bills he incurred defending himself from potential charges over his relationship with shamed Washington D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Tomorrow happens to be April 15, so we're waiting on pins and needles to see if Hayworth will fork over the list.
Hayworth was never charged with any crimes in the Abramoff scandal but apparently racked up quite the legal bill preparing for potential charges -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio has even joined in the fight to help J.D. get out of the red by hosting a fundraiser for the former congressman at the home of the sheriff's PR honcho, Jason Rose.
Arpaio isn't the only one who's lent a hand (or a grand) to Hayworth, and his GOP Senate primary opponent, John McCain, wants to know who else is on Hayworth's donor list.
"Since Congressman Hayworth knows that as a candidate for Senate, he will eventually have to disclose the details of his Secret Abramoff Trust Fund, it is curious that he has yet to release this information," says McCain spokesman Brian Rogers. "Are high-dollar donors to the trust pressuring Congressman Hayworth to keep their names secret? Is Congressman Hayworth afraid of the negative press he might receive after certain donors to the trust are revealed?"
Unless Jack Abramoff himself is on that list, we find it hard to believe that whoever is in Hayworth's little black book of donors could generate anymore bad press than the ink Hayworth's been getting over his man/horse marriage comments or the whole "Dracula-gate" debacle, but at this point, we just want to see if he'll keep his promise.
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We reached out to Hayworth's campaign manager, David Payne, to see if we could get an advance copy of the list, or, at the very least, some info on whether J.D. plans on even releasing it. He didn't get back to us.
If Hayworth refuses to release the promised list tomorrow, Rogers says, it will raise more questions about what Hayworth may be hiding.
"If Congressman Hayworth fails to meet his self-imposed deadline for releasing this information tomorrow, it will only raise more questions about who is paying the Congressman's legal bills, who has benefited financially from the trust, and whether he can be trusted by the people of Arizona," Rogers says.