I just about spit out my coffee when I read the lede on this press release.
The campaign manager for 11th District congressional candidate John Pavich today drew attention to 6-term incumbent Jerry Wellerâ€™s acceptance of a campaign contribution from a man described as a â€œworld-class phone sex operator,â€ and challenged Weller to explain actions he took on behalf of the contributor. […]
Pavichâ€™s campaign manager was speaking in response to news that in April 2005, Congressman Jerry Weller, who serves as Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, of the House International Relations Committee, personally delivered a letter on behalf of his donor, Jeffrey Prosser, to the prime minister of Belize in an attempt to reverse the seizure of a Belizean telephone company owned by Prosser.
The story was carried by The Hill, a Washington based newspaper. […]
Prosser, whose Atlantic Tele Network traffics in phone-sex calls on a 900-number, contributed $2,100 to Weller on June 30, 2005 after Weller made a personal visit to Belize on Prosserâ€™s behalf. Prosserâ€™s wife contributed an additional $2100 in September, 2005, and Prosser declared bankruptcy earlier this month. […]
Please see this for information on how Mr. Weller wrote a letter on April 1st, 2005 on behalf of Mr. Prosserâ€™s company, which he personally delivered to the prime minister of Belize.
Please see this and type in the name Prosser to search for the Prossersâ€™ donations to Wellerâ€™s campaign just months after Wellerâ€™s personal actions on Mr. Prosserâ€™s behalf.
Please see this in regards to Mr. Prosserâ€™s Atlantic Tele Network and â€œsubstantial percentageâ€ of revenue that comes from sex calls.
The Columbia Journalism Review did a story several years ago on Atlantic Tele Network and Presser, claiming he “makes much of his money from a phone-sex business.” Prosser recently filed for bankruptcy.
It should be interesting to see if the big media picks this one up.