Huntsman family money is now bipartisan

Family favored Demos over GOP in '08 races

Published: Wednesday, May 20 2009 12:00 a.m. MDT

For example, Reid's spokesman, Rodell Mollineau, said that Reid helped with the governor's appointment to the ambassadorship by putting in a "good word" for him with administration officials, including Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel.

"He believes Huntsman is extremely well-qualified for the position," Mollineau said. "He also has a high regard for the entire Huntsman family, who have been leaders in the business community for years."

(In February this year, Karen and Jon Huntsman Sr. also each gave Reid a maximum-allowed $4,800 for his next campaign, and each gave the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee a maximum-allowed $30,400 donation. They each also gave the Republican senatorial committee identical donations.)

Meanwhile during the 2008 campaign, the governor's brother and sister-in-law, Huntsman Corp. President and CEO Peter Huntsman and his wife, Brynn, each gave $33,100 to Democrats — including $28,500 each to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and $4,600 each to Baucus.

Among Democratic donations by other siblings of the governor, Huntsman Corp. Vice President David Huntsman gave $4,600 to Baucus; and Jennifer Huntsman Parkin gave $2,300 to Baucus, and her husband, David Parkin, also gave Baucus $2,300.

E-mail: lee@desnews.com

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