March 7, 2008

Via ABC News:

Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., allegedly defrauded dozens of pro-life organizations for hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund his first congressional bid, according to an analysis of the recent indictment against him, a state insurance claim and an interview with an insurance lawyer involved in the case.

When federal prosecutors indicted Renzi, 49, on 35 felony counts two weeks ago, many reports focused on alleged crimes stemming from a complicated series of land swaps the congressman facilitated.

Organizations such as Arizona Right-to-Life, the Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center and the Wickenburg Pregnancy Resource Center paid insurance premiums to Renzi's insurance firm, Renzi & Company, but received notices their insurance coverage was going to be cancelled for nonpayment, according to a 2003 complaint filed with the State of Arizona. The complaint was first reported by the Phoenix New Times. Read on...

It's not clear if Renzi has stepped down from his position in John McCain's campaign, but if the Senator hasn't asked him to go away by now, this news should seal the deal. St. McSame is having enough difficulty holding on to the hard right wing of the party as it is, and for word to spread that someone this close to his campaign is suspected of ripping off their bread and butter groups, it will NOT sit well with the elders.

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