Hookers and bribes over at the Treasury Department!
(Via @davidhauptmann) Ah, marvel at our squeaky-clean, Marvelous New Day, ever-so-ethical executive branch: Treasury Department officials have been cited for soliciting prostitutes, breaking conflict-of-interest rules and accepting gifts from corporate executives, according to the findings of official government investigations. The revelations of unethical behavior at Treasury are detailed in little-noticed documents posted this month on governmentattic.org, which publishes agency responses to Freedom of Information Act | Read More »
Shelley Berkley (D, NV-01) under ethics investigation for medical crony capitalism.
OK, here’s the background: back in 2011 it came out that in 2008 Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D, NV-01) intervened to prevent the shutdown of a Nevadan kidney transplant program that was killing patients. It’s important at this point to distinguish between proper and improper responses: for example, it is proper to be concerned about what was reported as being “the only transplant center in Nevada” | Read More »
Update on the Scott Walker recall shenanigans.
So, let me tell you of the wickedness of the world… or, more accurately, of the abject stupidity of the anti-Scott Walker forces in Wisconsin. Which is really not the same thing, but it at least sounds good. Or at least jovial. Anyway, here’s the background: the Wisconsin Left, having managed to allegedly get enough signatures to force a recall election against a governor enjoying | Read More »
Claire McCaskill (desperately) weighs in on Siga scandal.
Background: several weeks ago the LA Times reported that the Obama administration had steered nearly half a billion dollars’ worth of a no-bid contract on a secondary smallpox vaccine – one not actually tested on human beings – to Siga Technology, a company controlled by longtime Democratic party contributor Ronald Perelman. Needless to say, the drug’s much more expensive than the primary drug, the government | Read More »
White House scheduled Solyndra layoffs for after ’10 elections?
I am almost relieved by this: The Obama administration urged officers of the struggling solar company Solyndra to postpone announcing planned layoffs until after the November 2010 midterm elections, newly released e-mails show. More accurately, I am relieved that I can still get angry about this. You never know when you’re going to get suddenly numb about the latest batch of incompetent corruption that this | Read More »
“ROGUE SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION EMPLOYEES!”
…Hey, don’t blame me (or Ed Driscoll); I’m just quoting the San Francisco Chronicle. And, let me tell you: the scam that the Chronicle is… chronicling… is stellar, for its kind. This is how it works: say you’re a company that wants to do business with the city of San Francisco. But there’s a small problem; San Francisco is full of not only liberals, but | Read More »
Blago subpoenas Giannoulias.
A pleasant beginning to the week, no? First it was President Barack Obama, then White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, now U.S. Senate Candidate Alexi Giannoulias is joining the Rod Blagojevich corruption trial subpoena list. Giannoulias is in the middle of a hard fought campaign against Congressman Mark Kirk for the right to fill the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Obama. So | Read More »
Bundling payoffs to pass health care: HOPE! CHANGE!
If this was happening in some other country, I would be laughing hysterically right now. Taking a new position, Axelrod said the White House only objects to state-specific arrangements, such as an increase in Medicaid funding for Nebraska, ridiculed as the “Cornhusker Kickback.” That’s being cut, but provisions that could affect more than one state are OK, Axelrod said. That means deals sought by senators | Read More »
Do we need an investigation into the Massa/Hoyer thing?
Full disclosure: I regret Eric Massa’s resignation solely because I was looking forward to seeing his concession speech on Election Night, seeing as he’s an opportunistic progressive sycophant who last year spouted off bizarre nonsense about ‘treason’ to other progressives equally ignorant of the Constitution. Michelle Malkin has two posts nicely summarizing precisely why embracing this guy is a poor life choice for conservatives; my | Read More »
Doing well by being a Congressman’s brother?
It’s amazing what they don’t mention in the news these days: Wind Capital Group, led by President Tom Carnahan, said Monday it has closed on financing for Missouri’s largest wind energy development. The lenders, led by Nord/LB, Bayern LB, Rabobank, Santander and Union Bank, are providing $240 million in debt facilities to support the construction and operation of the proposed Lost Creek Wind Project in | Read More »
Breaking: WFP/ACORN Takes The Fifth On Corruption Suit.
[FURTHER UPDATE] Welcome, AoSHQ readers. Note the petition below. [UPDATE]: Thanks to Randy Mastro and our own Francis Cianfrocca – who will have a lot more to say about these races – here’s the petition cataloging said skulduggery; and you will not find it dull reading. (If you’re having trouble reading it, try here.) It’s not that our opponents are geniuses at skulduggery. It’s that | Read More »
Winning with ‘No.’
From last week’s article on the growing awareness of Democratic corruption, by the always-interesting Jen Rubin: …with the growth of government and the enormous amount of cash sloshing through Washington, the corruption problem is about to get worse. The stimulus money could, according to the FBI, be the breeding ground for its own crime wave. If the experts are right and 10% of the $787B | Read More »
Democrats set to remove meddlesome anti-corruption prosecutor.
(Via Instapundit) No, not Fitzgerald: Illinois is a little too prominent right now for that kind of shenanigans. North Carolina, on the other hand… Democrats fix sights on GOP prosecutor John Edwards admits federal investigators are asking him questions. Federal subpoenas were issued Friday related to Mike Easley. As the separate federal probes into a former senator and the former governor are emerging, Democrats are | Read More »
Carolyn McCarthy (D, NY-04): PMA Porker.
I mention this not so much because she’s unique – she isn’t, especially among Democrats – but because she has her eye on higher office these days. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) has made it clear that she may launch a primary challenge against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), whom McCarthy deems too conservative to represent one of the most liberal states in the country. But McCarthy | Read More »
Jack Murtha (D, PA-12) Claims Constitutional right to trade earmarks for donations.
Okinawa Jack seems very, very defensive in this article (H/T: Instapundit): Murtha defends statement The region’s outspoken congressman is in the national lens again – this time CBS News television cameras – in a report Wednesday that calls him “the king of earmarks who wastes a lot of taxpayer money” and implies that the FBI is investigating. U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Johnstown, responded by waving | Read More »
Flake’s second call for ethics probe defeated by Democrats.
Well, Rep. Flake tried to get the Democrats to vote in favor of ethical behavior again, and again they voted him down. Via Instapundit: House turns back call for PMA probe The House on Thursday night turned back another call to investigate the PMA Group, a once-powerful lobbying firm whose offices were recently raided by the FBI and which has close ties to Pennsylvania Rep. | Read More »
Democrats reject Flake Corruption Probe.
(Followup to this post) The bad news, of course, is that majority party Democrats are adamant against having any investigation into whether there are links between campaign contributions and earmarks in bills – which is very interesting, given that they control Congress, and thus can presumably make sure that the proceedings are fair… The House voted Wednesday to kill a resolution calling for an ethics | Read More »
More ethical concerns about Charlie Rangel.
Well, I don’t like revisiting the subject. It’s easily fixed: boot the guy from his committee chairmanship. Anyway, I missed this latest about Rep Rangel’s murky ways from last week, but (via Instapundit) the New York Post is happy to highlight it for our attention: MORE RANGEL MUCK The ethical clouds hanging over Rep. Charlie Rangel grow thicker by the day. Thursday, it came to | Read More »