John Barrow believes keeping dirty money isn’t wrong as long as you don’t discover it’s dirty until after you take it

John Barrow (D-Bad Hair Day) has announced that he will keep approximately $24,000 in campaign donations from fellow Congressman Charles Rangel (D-Throat Lozenge) who stands accused of myriad ethical violations.

As the Savannah Morning News reports, “The spokeswoman, Jane Brodksy, justified Barrow’s refusal on the grounds he received it before the ethics case surfaced.”

Emphasis mine. What convenient logic from John Barrow. You see, he didn’t know the money he was receiving was dirty until after he received it. Thus, it evidently doesn’t matter he now knows about the questionable sources for the money. How quaint. What say his opponent, Ray McKinney?

“There’s right and wrong and there’s technical right and wrong,” he said. “Barrow is choosing to be technically right. He’s saying, ‘I didn’t know about it, but now that I know it, it’s still OK because I didn’t know it at the time.’

“There’s nothing wrong with him receiving the money, but now that he knows it’s dirty, he should give it to charity, as other candidates have.”

John Barrow ♥’s Charlie Rangel bunches and bunches and is happy to spend dollars generated by corruption.


  1. polisavvy says:

    Barrow’s not the only house member from Georgia who has taken money from Rangel. Jim Marshall has done the same. If wonder if Jim plans to give the money back? The article is about “dirty” money and who is a recipient of it is.

  2. ricstewart says:

    Breaking News: John Barrow is now growing a mustache to distract from his bad hair. Unfortunately for him, the mustache is approximately the same color of his upper-lip skin, so you can’t really tell if he has a mustache or a really weird-looking upper lip.

  3. ZazaPachulia says:

    dirty money… shady business practices… influence peddling… no-bid contracts… Lousy investments… Where have I heard this stuff before?

  4. AubieTurtle says:

    “Today on Pete Pundit, we ask how many posts does it take to get Deal’s ethical and financial problems off the front page?”

    “Let’s ask Mr. Owl…”

  5. fishtail says:

    I live down on the coast, right below Barrow’s district. Barrow is in great shape, as far as I can determine. He has a nutjob opponent named Ray McKinney who is waaaaaay over to the right. So Barrow can keep Rangel’s $$$ and buy more TV ads.

    • kyleinatl says:

      It won’t even be close…which is funny because about 5 months ago, Barrow was probably the most vulnerable Dem in the state. You telling me that there wasn’t one State Rep or Senator that could have taken a swing at that office?

  6. hannah says:

    This “ethics” business strikes me as an excuse to tarnish a reputation when it’s impossible to prove a crime. It’s true that judges are tasked with avoiding “the appearance of impropriety,” but it is practically impossible to control how one appears to someone else, especially someone with an axe to grind. It’s even more impossible for politicians, whose job is to dole out punishments and rewards, to avoid being resented, especially by people who don’t get what they want, or like what they get or when they get it.
    Taking bribes is against the law. Self-dealing ought to be, but I’ve recently discovered that self-dealing is routinely incorporated as authorized in wills. If gifts are given and received freely by generous people, it’s hard to prove a crime.

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