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Hood fails to quell criticism of donations

By: Magnolia Tribune - February 20, 2008

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Editorial, 2/20/8

Attorney General Jim Hood has gone to great lengths in recent days to quell what he sees as a barrage of criticism from the media and from bloggers.

Hood’s written newspaper columns complaining about “pundits” and “bloggers” generating criticism of his office and suggested that those critics want to “do them harm” (“them” being “Mississippi’s families”).

He’s granted TV and newspaper interviews in which he dismissed suggestions that he return campaign funds donated by at least three sources who have already entered plea bargains in a federal judicial bribery probe. He suggested that it was unfair for him to be asked to return the donations because Republicans had taken political action committee donations and that “there’s a danger in our politics, when people, corporations are able to buy offices that belong to the people.”

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