CINCINNATI (TDB) -- Cincinnati Reds CEO Bob Castellini, who five weeks ago hosted President Bush for a GOP fundraiser that reportedly netted $575,000 in Ohio, sent a $2,300 check this week to Bob Latta's congressional campaign. Also donating were Carl and Edyth Lindner -- together they gave $4,300. Carl Lindner owned controlling interest in the Reds before selling out to Castellini's investment group. He also was chairman of Chiquita Brands International, the Cincinnati-based banana company that pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges it financially supported a rightwing terrorist group in Colombia.
Lindner and Castellini are from Cincinnati, and both are major Republican donors. The Wal-Mart Stores Inc. political action committee, which is located in Arkansas where the discount retail chain has its headquarters, also is backing Latta and gave his campaign $2,500 Wednesday.
Latta, a GOP state representative from Bowling Green, is running against Democrat Robin Weirauch for the vacant U.S. House seat in Ohio's 5th Congressional District, which covers 16 counties. The seat was held by Paul Gillmor, who died last Sept. 5. The special election will be held Tuesday.