So John Ensign decided to pay his booty call $25,000? That sure sounds like prostitution, but may have other legal implications instead:
Hampton said Ensign paid the woman $25,000 in severance when she stopped working for the senator.
If true, Ensign faces a possible felony violation of campaign finance law if he paid the severance but failed to report it as an in-kind contribution to the campaign committees where she worked, according to ethics complaints filed against him.
And why isn’t the Senate ethics committee investigating this?
But wait – it gets even better. The proposed price tag was much higher:
Hampton and Ensign were bonded by their conservative evangelical faith. Hampton said he reached out to intermediaries involved in a Christian fellowship home in Washington, D.C., where Ensign and several other powerful Washington figures live.
The group, including Coburn, a well-known conservative, confronted Ensign and suggested that the Hamptons needed to be given financial assistance -- in the millions of dollars -- to pay off their $1 million-plus mortgage and move them to a new life away from Ensign.
Dr. Tom Coburn – super pimp! Oh and don’t you just love how this is a “Christian” fellowship? The way to salvation is through payoffs? That really sounds all Jesus like to me. And that million dollar price tag makes me wonder if Doug Hampton, the wife of John Ensign’s booty call, didn’t suggest it. I guess that could be from the bible also. You know – thou shall pimp thy’s wife for politicians.