U.S. Rep. Whitfield to run again in 2012, responds to questions about donations and residency

12/29/2011 07:45 AM

Republican U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky’s 1st District says he will run for a 10th term in 2012.

“I haven’t filed my papers yet, but I do intend to do so,” he said (0:40 of the video) during an interview earlier this month in his Washington, D.C., office.

And he said he is “not opposed” to running with Owensboro in the 1st district, even though it would mean he would likely lose some of the Republican counties in the eastern part of that district. That’s one of the scenarios up for debate during redistricting, which begins when state lawmakers return to Frankfort next week.

Whitfield has been raising money at a consistent clip since January, which includes from donors associated with energy and power companies. For instance, he started the year with a fundraiser in Vail, Colo., in which many energy company executives gave money and associated political action committees did as well, as Pure Politics reported.

Whitfield earlier that month became chairman of the energy and power subcommittee of the key House Energy and Commerce Committee. But he said those donations don’t affect his ability to serve in that role.

“I honestly don’t spend a lot of time looking at my report to even know who has contributed to my campaign,” he said (2:00). “I have not paid that much attention to it.”

He explains why he doesn’t have a problem with coal companies, specifically, giving money to his campaign after the 2:30 mark of the video:

Whitfield, however, filed his statement of candidacy papers to the Federal Election Commission to continue raising money for the 2012 election cycle that used his Washington, D.C., address as his residency, as progressive blogger Jim Pence first reported earlier this year.

Whitfield said his new campaign treasurer, who replaced his nearly 88-year-old father in that job, filed the candidacy papers and used the incorrect address this spring.

“I never saw that document myself. But obviously my residence is 108 Alumni (Ave.) in Kentucky. All of us have places where we have to stay and we live up here. And because I do get some mail in Washington because I’m here in Washington, she mistakenly put that address,” Whitfield said, adding he now pays for a lawyer to review the documents before they’re submitted.

Whitfield said his parents moved from their rural Christian County home into that address when he went to work for CSX railroad before he became a congressman.

“That’s where I stay when I’m in the district, too,” Whitfield said. “But I have legal title to it. They have part of the legal title. But I owned that house before they ever lived in it.”

However, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.O. Whitfield are listed as the nominees for the Christian County Beautification Commission’s nominee for lawn of the month in June 2010, according to this document: Whitfield address lawn contest.doc

Whitfield answers a question about that at 2:10 in the video above.


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