Huck Accepted Large Sum from Company Engaging in Embryonic Stem Cell Research

He says he opposes embryonic stem cell research personally, but he apparently has no problem accepting large sums of money from a company that conducts it.

Mitt Romney took a bit of a hit among Right to Lifers due to stock in Novo Nordisk held in a blind trust. Novo Nordisk is involved with embryonic stem cell research. It seems Huckabee received a total of $35,000 in honoraria from the same firm through 12 Stops, created for the distribution of one of his books. Some info here. But that amounts to only a small amount of almost $400,000 in compensation he’s said to have received while still Governor of Arkansas.

The word on Huckabee is that he likes his money. I’m not sure people realize just how much, given the poor preacher image and all. He appears to have made several times his salary as Governor from outside business interests.

The Cooler has obtained documents that show Mike Huckabee received $378,000 in consulting fees during 2006, while he was still governor of Arkansas.

Huckabee refers to embryonic stem cell research as “destroy(ing) life”, yet accepts a large sum of money from a company engaging in the practice?

The Boston Globe has a few more interesting tidbits regarding Huckabee.

Huckleberrys heart swag. When “Huckleberry,” as he’s nicknamed, left the governor’s office, the furniture he’d been given to spruce up the place left with him…

The heart of Huckabee. When a retarded 15-year-old was raped by her stepfather, she needed state Medicaid funding for an abortion. Governor Huckabee defied a federal judge’s order and blocked the abortion.

Evolution went missing from the textbooks and classrooms of Arkansas during the Reign of Huckleberry.

According to Brantley, “Huckabee raked in tens of thousands of dollars in gifts, including gifts from people he later appointed to prestigious state commissions. Inauguration funds were used to buy clothing for his wife.”

Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone found Huckabee had a $60,000 taxpayer slush fund for personal expenses like dog food, pantyhose, and meals at Taco Bell. Taco Bell?…

Over protests from churches, he pushed through a bill allowing video poker at the state’s racetracks, then took a cool $10,000 campaign contribution from the owner of the state’s biggest track.

Reportedly, Huckabee even used campaign funds to pay his media consultant. That wouldn’t be a problem, except he was his own media consultant.

More: Bob Krumm:

In addition to the payments from Novo Nordisk, Mike Huckabee took a third of a million , much of it from organizations with governmental interests, even while he was Governor of Arkansas. . . . Taking payments from companies with businesses effected by pending legislation apparently doesn’t violate any ethical rules in Arkansas. Nor does sitting on a corporate board while governor. This is after all a state that has produced another former governor who infamously played close to the line of the law. But it certainly isn’t right.