Matt Blunt, son of U.S. Representative Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), has served as Missouri's 54th Governor since November 2, 2004. On January 22nd, 2008, Blunt made the surprising announcement that he would not seek a second term. 
Blunt-DeLay: Campaign Finance
"Pursuant to a Missouri Sunshine Law request," Roy Temple reported December 15, 2005, that Fired Up! Missouri "has obtained records which indicate that Texas prosecutors in the criminal case against Rep. Tom DeLay recently sought certified copies of campaign finance disclosure reports for the year 2000 for Governor Matt Blunt and his principal campaign committee, Missourians For Matt Blunt."
"Family connections have also helped Rep. Blunt's son, Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, who received campaign contributions from nearly three dozen influential Missouri lobbyists and lawyers when he ran for governor of Missouri in 2004, half of whom had provided financial support to his father," according to Beyond DeLay.org.
"In 2000, when Matt Blunt was running for Secretary of State, Rep. Blunt was involved in an apparent scheme to funnel money through a local party committee into Matt Blunt's campaign committee. Committees tied to Rep. Blunt contributed $90,000 to the 7th District Congressional Republican Committee which, in turn, contributed $76,000 to Matt Blunt's campaign committee. In addition, Altria the company for which Blunt's wife is the top lobbyist made a $24,000 contribution to Matt Blunt's campaign, and a $100,000 contribution to the 7th District Congressional Republican Committee.
"The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct should investigate these campaign funding schemes to determine whether Rep. Blunt violated the law by improperly using his political connections to fill the coffers of his son's campaign chest.
"Moreover, Rule 23 of the House Ethics Manual requires all members of the House to conduct themselves 'at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House.' The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct should investigate the various schemes used by Rep. Blunt and his son to fund his son's campaign to determine whether or not they reflect creditably on his position in the House," Beyond DeLay wrote.
- Blunt Watch website.
- The Panic Button Blogspot: "The chronicles of Governor Matt Blunt: an inexperienced sociopath's attempts to scuttle Missouri."
Articles & Commentary
- Jo Mannies, "Governor Blunt says he won't run again",St. Louis Post-Dispatch, retrieved January 29, 2008.
- Sam Dealey, "Rep. Bluntâ??s son aided by donors from out-of-state," The Hill, July 9, 2003.
- "Election of Matt Blunt in Missouri Signals Reemergence of Missouri Pro-Life Values, Says Americans United for Life," US Newswire, November 3, 2004.
- Josh Flory, "Insurance pick faced screening. Industry, campaign donors helped Blunt do interviews," Columbia Daily Tribune, January 22, 2005.
- "Commission Refers Ethics Complaint against Matt Blunt for Prosecution," Missouri Democratic Party, July 25, 2005.
- Jason Miller, "Bush's Proxy Spreading Social Darwinism to State Level. Matt Bluntâ??s governorship in Missouri makes it apparent that Mr. Bush intends to apply the 'Trickle Down Theory' in a new way," Counterbias, July 25, 2005.
- Timahoe, "Blunt Scrambling to Avoid Fate of Bob Taft; Changes His Ethics Reports a Third Time in Last Ditch Attempt to Avoid Justice," Fired Up! Missouri, August 4, 2005.
- "Are All Republican Governors In This Region Corrupt? Missouri's Matt Blunt Joins Taft and Fletcher," Bluegrass Report, August 25, 2005.
- Roy Temple, "Exclusive: Texas Prosecutor Seeks Governor Blunt's Campaign Finance Records," Fired Up! Missouri, December 15, 2005.