PA Dem Fumo convicted on 137 counts: PA earthquake
A leading figure of the Philadelphia Democratic machine fell today. Former State Senator Vince Fumo was convicted on 137 counts: A federal jury in Philadelphia has convicted once-powerful former Pennsylvania state senator Vincent Fumo of every one of the 137 counts against him, including the serious charges of conspiring to defraud the Pennsylvania Senate, a nonprofit organization he founded, and the Independence Seaport Museum of millions of dollars. The Senate | 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 »
Rep Bart Gordon (D, TN-06) junketing to Europe for no real reason?
Apparently, he’s going to be part of quite the throng. Via Red County and Dave Evans for Congress comes this WaPo report: Hurry, hurry, hurry. Congress will begin its 2009 travel season in earnest this weekend with two spectacular codels — trips for House congressional delegations — that are not to be missed. On Saturday, Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.), chairman of the House delegation to | Read More »
The Washington Post On Roland Burris
Pithily put: Mr. Burris’s story has more twists than the Chicago El, and none of them good. Caught in a swirl of accusations of perjury and calls for his resignation from state Democrats and Republicans alike, Mr. Burris said yesterday, “I welcome the opportunity to go before any and all investigative bodies, including those referred by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Senate ethics | Read More »
Time For Roland Burris To Go
Link. We’re really not going to entertain serious arguments that Burris was being honest in answering the questions asked of him concerning his dealings with Rod Blagojevich, right? I mean, everyone has the right to a defense but that doesn’t mean that all defenses are equally credible, does it?
See? This Is Why We Needed A Special Election In Illinois
Despite my disgust with the shenanigans of the erstwhile governor of my state, and despite a similar disgust with the unwillingness of my state’s legislature to authorize a special election for the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama–can’t run the risk that the seat go to a Republican after all; democratic republicanism only works for some people if they win elections–I was always in favor | Read More »
What Did John Murtha Know And When Did He Know It?
Fishy, fishy, fishy stuff. Of course, it is more than a little terrifying to think that a group of people may have had their identities appropriated for the purpose of hiding campaign donations. And the following is important to emphasize: Federal election laws limit the amount of money individuals may contribute to candidates, but lobbying firms often show their clout by collecting and bundling contributions. | Read More »
Blagojevich scandal? “Let’s go to the video tape…”
Capuchin monkeys with flaming chainsaws, that’s what: Federal authorities used a video camera as part of their cache of tools to investigate Gov. Blagojevich in the final weeks of 2008 before his arrest, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. The camera, which likely was remote-controlled, was trained on the Friends of Blagojevich offices, 4147 N. Ravenswood, to help FBI agents identify individuals entering and leaving the | Read More »
Yet *another* Democratic Mayor arrested on felony charges.
It’s perversely impressive when they actually, literally steal from the poor. Very 19th Century, only with better sanitation. Baltimore mayor indicted on theft, perjury charges BALTIMORE — Mayor Sheila Dixon was indicted Friday on charges that she accepted illegal gifts during her time as mayor and City Council president, including travel, fur coats and gift cards intended for the poor that she allegedly used instead | Read More »
Now starring the would-be Secretary of State of the United States: A developer in New York state donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton’s foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman’s mall project. Hillary Clinton helped enact legislation allowing the developer, Robert Congel, to use tax-exempt bonds to | Read More »
What Did Bill Richardson Know And When Did He Know It?
Seems like Rod Blagojevich is not the only governor who might have indulged in a little pay-for-play action: New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson, who is the newly named Secretary of Commerce in Obama’s about-to-be Cabinet, is also being investigated by a federal grand jury in his home state for possibly steering state bond business from the New Mexico Financial Authority toward David Rubin, a significant | Read More »
Illinois Democrats Recognize They Are Toast
Speaker of the Illinois House, Mike Madigan, abruptly shut down the Illinois House yesterday to avoid a vote on having a special election to fill Barack Obama’s unexpired Senate term. Madigan’s daughter was on the “acceptable” list of people Blago and Obama agreed to. Madigan wants his daughter to have a chance and would rather let a corrupt Governor or his flunky Pat Quinn appoint | Read More »
We told you so. Hugs and Kisses, 48 [I would have ended this here, because brevity is the soul….. well, you get it — but lately it’s not safe to be a short diary around here ;o). So, I’ll expound. Please take the jump with me…..]
Today’s embarrassing Blagojevich-related revelations.
First, it’s being reported that Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel had multiple conversations on Obama’s replacement: (Video via Hot Air) Second, the timing on this fundraiser was truly awful for the person it was apparently supposed to help: Blagojevich fundraiser held by Jackson allies Saturday As Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to pick Illinois’ next U.S. senator, businessmen with ties to both the governor and | Read More »
The Fallout Thickens…
From Pejman Yousefzadeh we learn that in the heat of the Blagogate scandal, President-elect Barack Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel was asked by reporters Thursday if he was the Obama advisor named in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL):