Skip to comments.John Forbes Kerry The Hypocrite, Vol. I, Issue 3
Posted on 02/06/2004 1:13:03 PM PST by PhiKapMom
JOHN FORBES KERRY THE HYPOCRITE, VOL. I, ISSUE 3
Special Interests Best Friend
Charles Lewis, Head Of The Center For Public Integrity: The Idea That [Sen. John] Kerry [D-MA] Has Not Helped Or Benefited From A Specific Special Interest, Which He Has Said, Is Utterly Absurd. (John Solomon, Kerry Blocked Law, Drew Cash, The Associated Press, 2/4/04)
QUESTIONS RAISED OVER CASH AND KERRY NOMINATIONS!
In 1984, When Kerry First Ran For U.S. Senate He Promised To Be Persistent Watchdog Over Presidential Appointments. When he first ran for the Senate, Kerry promised voters he would carefully choose nominees on merit. I will act as a persistent watchdog over presidential appointmentsto ensure that only people of integrity, ability and commitment hold positions of power in our national government, Kerry wrote in a June 1984 fund-raising appeal. (John Solomon, Three Times, Kerry Nominations And Donations Coincided, The Associated Press, 2/5/04)
However, On At Least Three Occasions Kerry Has Recommended Individuals For Positions At Federal Home Loan Banks Immediately Before Or After Receiving Political Contributions From Nominees. At least three times in his Senate career, Democratic presidential hopeful John Kerry has recommended individuals for positions at federal home loan banks just before or after receiving political contributions from the nominees, records show All three of the people Kerry recommended got the positions they soughton various boards of Federal Home Loan Banks in Boston and New York that provide money for home mortgages. (John Solomon, Three Times, Kerry Nominations And Donations Coincided, The Associated Press, 2/5/04)
Ø In One Case, Kerry Wrote To The Federal Housing Finance Board To Urge The Reappointment Of A Candidate Just One Day Before A Kerry Campaign Committee Received $1,000 From The Nominee, The Records Show. (John Solomon, Three Times, Kerry Nominations And Donations Coincided, The Associated Press, 2/5/04)
CASH AND KERRY AND THE BIG DIG
In 1999, Clinton Transportation Department Uncovered An Insurance Loophole That Had Netted $129.8 Million From Bostons Infamous Big Dig Construction Project. [I]n 1999, the Transportation Department uncovered a financing scheme in which the project had overpaid $129.8 million to AIG for worker compensation and liability insurance that wasnt needed, then had allowed the insurer to keep the money in a trust and invest it in the market. The government alleged AIG kept about half of the profits it made from the investments, providing the other half to the project. (John Solomon, Kerry Blocked Law, Drew Cash, The Associated Press, 2/4/04)
In 2000, Kerry Blocked Provision That Would Have Stripped $150 Million From Big Dig And Ended Insurance Funding Loophole. A Senate colleague was trying to close a loophole that allowed a major insurer to divert millions of federal dollars from the nations most expensive construction project. John Kerry stepped in and blocked the legislation. Kerrys office confirmed Wednesday that as member of the Senate Commerce Committee he persuaded committee chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., to drop a provision that would have stripped $150 million from the project and ended the insurance funding loophole. (John Solomon, Kerry Blocked Law, Drew Cash, The Associated Press, 2/4/04)
Since Then, Insurance Company Has Donated $30,000 In Corporate Soft Money To Kerrys 527 Committee, Paid For Kerry Trip To VT, And Company Executives Donated An Additional $18,000 To His Senate And Presidential Campaigns. Over the next two years, the insurer, American International Group, paid Kerrys way on a trip to Vermont and donated at least $30,000 to a tax-exempt group Kerry used to set up his presidential campaign. Company executives donated $18,000 to his Senate and presidential campaigns. (John Solomon, Kerry Blocked Law, Drew Cash, The Associated Press, 2/4/04)
CASH AND KERRY AND JOHNNY CHUNG
In 1996, Kerry Arranged SEC Meeting For Johnny Chung, In Return Chung Held Kerry Fundraiser. In July 1996 the Massachusetts senator was locked in a tough re-election fight, so he was more than happy to help when he heard that a generous potential contributor wanted to visit his Capitol Hill office. The donor was Johnny Chung, a glad-handing Taiwanese-American entrepreneur. Chung brought along some friends, including a Hong Kong businesswoman named Liu Chaoying. Told that Liu was interested in getting one of her companies listed on the U.S. Stock Exchange, Kerrys aides immediately faxed over a letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The next day, Liu and Chung were ushered into a private briefing with a senior SEC official. Within weeks, Chung returned the favor: On Sept. 9 he threw Kerry a fund-raiser at a Beverly Hills hotel, raking in $10,000 for the senators re-election campaign. (Michael Isikoff, Cash And Kerry, Newsweek, 2/9/04)
Kerrys Encounter With Chung A Political Embarrassment. Kerrys encounter with Chung and Liu would turn into a political embarrassment. Federal investigators later discovered that Liu was in fact a lieutenant colonel in Chinas Peoples Liberation Army and vice president of a Chinese-government-owned aerospace firm. And Chung, who visited the Clinton White House 49 times, went on to become a central figure in the foreign-money scandals of 1996. Chung eventually pleaded guilty to funneling $28,000 in illegal contributions to the campaigns of Bill Clinton and Kerry. (Michael Isikoff, Cash And Kerry, Newsweek, 2/9/04)
Newsweek: Kerry Apparently Misled The Boston Herald About Relationship With Chung In January 1998. Still, the appearance that the senator had played a cynical cash-for-favors game forced him to play damage control. In January 1998 he told the Boston Herald that the timing of the SEC meeting and the subsequent fund-raiser was totally coincidental and entirely staff driven. He said the Beverly Hills event had been set up by a professional fund-raiser, and that he had never even met Chung until the night of the event. But congressional documents obtained by Newsweek seem to tell a different story. Dear Johnny, It was a great pleasure to have met you last week, Kerry told Chung in a handwritten note dated July 31, 1996. Barbara [a Kerry fund-raiser] told me of your willingness to help me with my campaign... It means a lot to have someone like you on my team as I face the toughest race of my career. That same day the Kerry fund-raiser faxed a memo to Chung that read, in part: The following are two ways in which you can be helpful to John. No. 1 was Host an event in L.A. on Saturday, Sept. 9th. (A Kerry spokesman acknowledged that the senator may have met with Chung prior to the fund-raiser, but not in his Senate office.). (Michael Isikoff, Cash And Kerry, Newsweek, 2/9/04)
CASH AND KERRY RAISED MORE MONEY FROM
LOBBYISTS THAN ANY OTHER SENATOR IN PAST 15 YEARS!
Kerry Has Raised More Money From Paid Lobbyists Than Any Other Senator Over Past 15 Years. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), who has made a fight against corporate special interests a centerpiece of his front-running campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, has raised more money from paid lobbyists than any other senator over the past 15 years, federal records show. Kerry, a 19-year veteran of the Senate who fought and won four expensive political campaigns, has received nearly $640,000 from lobbyists, many representing telecommunications and financial companies with business before his committee (Jim VandeHei, Kerry Leads In Lobby Money, The Washington Post, 1/31/04)
MEANWHILE, CASH AND KERRY SAYS HE DOESNT ACCEPT
SPECIAL INTEREST CASH, BUT THATS JUST NOT TRUE
Kerry Continues To Mislead About PAC Money In His Response To Special Interest Allegations. John Kerry has not taken a dime of PAC money during his four Senate elections or during his presidential race. (Kerry Reaction To AP Story On Donors He Nominated To Federal Boards, The Associated Press, 2/5/04)
Eight Months After Kerry Voted To Ban National Party Soft Money, He Formed Soft Money Committee Citizen Soldier Fund, Which Accepted Large Corporate Soft Money Contributions . (S. 27, CQ Vote #64: Passed 59-41: R 12-38; D 47-3, 4/2/01, Kerry Voted Yea; Year End 2001 Report For Citizen Soldier Fund - Non-Federal Account, IRS Website, www.irs.gov, Accessed 1/29/04)
Ø Kerrys Soft Money Committee Collected More Than $470,000 Directly From Companies And Unions In 2002. (John Solomon, Kerry, Edwards Boasts About Special Interest Money Dont Tell Whole Story, The Associated Press, 2/2/04)
They Said It!
SEN. ZELL MILLER (D-GA): "They don't know John Kerry's record. They haven't examined it. This is a very vulnerable candidate on several issues. ... [H]e is the Olympic gold medalist, when it comes to special interest money. I also think that he is very vulnerable on the issues of national security. ...
[I]f you look at his voting record, it is terrible as far as it comes to national defense and helping fund a good intelligence unit." (Fox News' "Hannity & Colmes," 2/3/04)
I will email this to the Usual Suspects out in 'netland, and add it to this every-growing post:
Kerry, or Edwards ( who is my favorite as the most likely survivor of 'rat Wars... ) would be a catastrophe for Americans. Think Clinton II, without the sleazy charm...
I love it...this nickname's got legs, imho...MUD
Spread the word...MUD
Sounds like him. More symbolism over substance.
Take, it pass it around. Here's a smaller version for people that are running in 800x600 - you know - small: