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County commissioners received contributions from billboard interests

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County Commissioner candidate Fred Foster Jr. received a $1,602 loan from Craigie Sanders of K&L Gates (formerly known as Kennedy Covington Lobdell & Hickman), the firm representing Fairway in the latest electronic billboard dispute. Coincidentally, Sanders also was treasurer of Foster’s unsuccessful election campaign, according to fred_foster_28apr2008.  fred_foster_10july2008

The loan was repaid; Foster also received $300 from Fairway Communications bigwig William Morris III.

In addition to contributing to City Council campaigns, Morris and others invested in electronic billboards gave to other county commissioner candidates, campaign finance reports show.

Morris gave $300 to candidate Josh Parker josh_parker_28apr20081,  Patrick Byker, another K&L lawyer, contributed $100.josh_parker_21july2008

We’re still adding the numbers; check back soon for more financial disclosures.

Update: Commissioner Michael Page received $100 from Sanders and $500 from Morris.michael_page_24july2008-amended

Commissioner Ellen Reckhow received $500 from Morris. ellen_reckhow_10july2008

Commissioner Becky Heron received a $500 check from Morris, but she limits her contributions to no more than $200. " I sent it back," she told the Indy. "I never heard from them."

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