Chicago Pay-for-Play Comes to Washington
Kerry Picket has done a great job of piecing together a story that looks an awful lot like administration officials using taxpayer money to buy support for its agenda. (Full disclosure: Kerry and I both work for the Washington Times.) Check out the timeline: November 10, 2008: Former NEA chief named to Obama transition team. Bill Ivey, NEA head under Bill Clinton, will handle arts | Read More »
Sarah Palin 14…Ankle Biters O
It’s a sad day over at the Huffington Post and left wing blogs like Mudflats and Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis. You see, despite their best efforts to smear Alaska Governor Sarah Palin with more than a baker’s dozen of phony ethics complaints since the start of the year, all of their efforts have completely failed. The latest complaint to be dismissed was incredibly ridiculous. It | Read More »
Visclosky Steps Aside Amid Ethics Investigation [UPDATED]
Update: Since I posted on this earlier, Roll Call reports that Visclosky’s Chief of Staff has resigned his post. Does he know something about the pave and possible outcome of the DoJ investigation? Chuck Brimmer, chief of staff to Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.), has resigned, leaving the lawmaker without a longtime senior aide as he confronts a federal investigation into his ties to the now-defunct | Read More »
With Sarah Palin, Barack Obama Shows Rod Blagojevich How Pay -For-Play Is Done!
I wrote this earlier in the year, and posted it on my other blog at Townhall.com, but frankly, this fits right in with the theme of choice, and my ongoing open letters to Republicans in office. This was going on during the 2008 Presidential and the Republican party chose to stand back, and do nothing. John McCain’s campaign chose to stand back, and do nothing, | 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 »
Peter Visclosky’s (D IN-01) links to PMA pay-for-play?
“Troubled.” How droll. It’s Pete Visclosky (D, IN-01), by the way. I repeat it because the AP can’t seem to. Visclosky’s ties to troubled PMA Group run deep. WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has promised to return money from donors with ties to a troubled lobbying group, but critics say his ties to PMA Group run deep. The northwest Indiana congressman’s former chief | 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 »
Following In Blago’s and Richardson’s Footsteps
First, Rod Blagojevich was involved in pay-for-play. Then Bill Richardson. And now, we see that Charlie Rangel has dipped his toes into the pay-for-play pool as well: On April 21, 2008, Representative Charles B. Rangel met with officials of the American International Group, the now-troubled insurance giant, to ask for a donation to a school of public service that City College of New York was | 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 »
[I probably should have fronted it to begin with. ML] Blagojevich to SEIU to Card Check, via the folks at the Workforce Fairness Institute: When you think about it, this makes perfect sense: after all, somebody that hates secret ballots as much as Big Labor does probably has a lively contempt for the rest of our democratic institutions, too. Note the lack of capitalization, there. | Read More »