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Des Moines Register NOT reporting Iowa Sen. Harkin ethics investigation... e-mail the paper!!
IowaPresidentialWatch.com ^ | 12/16/2005 | IPWGOP

Posted on 12/16/2005 7:52:40 AM PST by IPWGOP

Justice Department investigating Harkin
Why isn’t the Des Moines Register reporting it?

Editorial by: Roger Wm. Hughes

On Dec. 2, the Associated Press reported that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) was under investigation for corruption connected to the Jack Abramoff scandal. However, The Des Moines Register has not printed a word about it.

The Register failed to report for more than two weeks about the fact that Harkin finally admitted to breaking ethics laws by not reimbursing Jack Abramoff for the use of his skybox at the Washington D.C. MCI Center. As it turned out, a client of Abramoff's -- the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians -- was paying for the skybox, so Harkin reimbursed the tribe $1,800 for the 2002 event and $1,900 for the 2003 event.

Now once again, the Register is covering for Harkin. This time the allegations are even more serious and the Register is not letting Iowans know.

The Associated Press reported that Michael D. Smith, a member of Jack Abramoff's tribal lobbying team at the Greenberg Traurig law firm, drafted letters that Harkin sent to the Interior Department and National Indian Gaming Commission between June and November 2003. During that very time, Harkin raked in $17,000 from Smith and other Abramoff-related sources. The Sac & Fox gave $4,000 more to Harkin in 2004 -- about six months after the federal government allowed the tribe's casino to reopen.

It is clear that Harkin was involved in the controversial takeover of the Mesquaki Casino on the side of Abramoff. It is also clear that he reaped considerable donations for his actions in the matter. He also broke ethics rules by not reimbursing Abramoff for the use of his skybox.

What is not clear is why the Register is covering this up.

Americans need to send an e-mail to the Register’s Managing Editor Rick Tapscott at: rtapscott@dmreg.com and ask why is the Register covering up the Justice Department’s corruption investigation of Sen. Tom Harkin.

I hope that many Americans and Iowans take up the call to ask for old media to do its job.

Roger Hughes is chairman of the IowaPresidentialWatch PAC
e-mail: sixstrategies@wmtel.net

 



TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: 109th; coverup; desmoinesregister; ethics; harkin; ikantspelkeywerds; invetigation; mediabias; newsblackout; tomharkin; violations
I am the webmaster and political cartoonist for www.iowapresidentialwatch.com We are appalled at the Des Moines Register NOT reporting on Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's ethics violation investigation. Please email the Register's Managing Editor Rick Tapscott at: rtapscott@dmreg.com and ask why is the Register covering up the Justice Department’s corruption investigation of Sen. Tom Harkin.
1 posted on 12/16/2005 7:52:43 AM PST by IPWGOP
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To: IPWGOP

BTTT


2 posted on 12/16/2005 7:55:43 AM PST by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: IPWGOP
The Des Moines Dregsister. Pravda's Midwest office.

Once again, the commie press is guilty of sins of omission.

3 posted on 12/16/2005 7:58:09 AM PST by IronJack
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To: Unicorn

silence is propaganda too.


4 posted on 12/16/2005 7:58:24 AM PST by z3n
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To: IPWGOP

I tried but it bounced.


5 posted on 12/16/2005 7:59:39 AM PST by bkepley
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To: IPWGOP
I visited Iowa this past year. My wife's uncle is head pastor of Grace Church in Altoona. Beautiful area. I hope the truth gets out.
6 posted on 12/16/2005 8:00:59 AM PST by Sybeck1 (Dr. Adrian Rogers, September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005)
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To: bkepley

It bounced? As in, your email was returned?


7 posted on 12/16/2005 8:03:47 AM PST by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy, and I approved this message... 'tooning the truth!)
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To: IPWGOP

yes...couldnt deliver


8 posted on 12/16/2005 8:06:38 AM PST by bkepley
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To: IPWGOP

Nothing would give me more pleasure than seeing Harkind doing the perp walk, hunched over with his raincoat over his head.


9 posted on 12/16/2005 8:06:51 AM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: bkepley

Okay, thanks for letting me know. I just sent one. Let's see if it bounces back to me, too.


10 posted on 12/16/2005 8:08:07 AM PST by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy, and I approved this message... 'tooning the truth!)
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To: IPWGOP
I sent a couple of emails... :-)
11 posted on 12/16/2005 8:08:07 AM PST by cgbg (MSM and Democratic treason--fifty years and counting...)
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To: CaptRon
Nothing would give me more pleasure than seeing Harkind doing the perp walk, hunched over with his raincoat over his head...

Oh, me too!!!!


12 posted on 12/16/2005 8:10:25 AM PST by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy, and I approved this message... 'tooning the truth!)
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To: IPWGOP

Tried again. Maybe we just overwhelmed his server or something.


13 posted on 12/16/2005 8:11:03 AM PST by bkepley
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To: CaptRon

"Nothing would give me more pleasure than seeing Harkind doing the perp walk, hunched over with his raincoat over his head."

I would love to see Harkin, the Clintons, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and a lot of our other so-called "legislators" do the perp walk, frog march, or whatever in orange jumpsuits and shackles!


14 posted on 12/16/2005 8:11:04 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: bkepley
Grrr, mine came back too. I'm trying the Vice President/Editor who is Carolyn Washburn: cwashbur@dmreg.com
15 posted on 12/16/2005 8:19:38 AM PST by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy, and I approved this message... 'tooning the truth!)
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To: IPWGOP
Without a doubt, there are fewer simpletons in the Senate than Tom Harkin.

The man is an imbecile!!

16 posted on 12/16/2005 8:24:48 AM PST by CROSSHIGHWAYMAN (expell the fat arrogant carcasses of Congress)
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To: IPWGOP

The reason they're not investigating this because they're objective! LOL


17 posted on 12/16/2005 8:28:53 AM PST by desherwood7
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To: bkepley; cgbg; All
the email address in the article doesn't work. Please use this one:

cwashbur@dmreg.com

18 posted on 12/16/2005 8:37:08 AM PST by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy, and I approved this message... 'tooning the truth!)
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To: IPWGOP

Unbelievable - earlier this week the Washington Post ran a full page story on the Abramoff network and listed "all" the pols they or their clients had given money to. I am sure that Harkin was not mentioned anywhere.


19 posted on 12/16/2005 8:56:05 AM PST by Dems_R_Losers (The Kerry/Lehane/Wilson/Grunwald/Cooper plot to destroy Karl Rove has failed!)
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To: CaptRon
Nothing would give me more pleasure than seeing Harkind doing the perp walk, hunched over with his raincoat over his head.

I hope you're not holding out hope. RATS are above the law, you know. NOTHING will come of this.

20 posted on 12/18/2005 4:20:25 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
RATS are above the law, you know.

Of course they are.

Because, as everyone knows, whatever means the RATS care to use are wholly justified by their goal of helping people.[/sarc]

21 posted on 12/19/2005 11:56:46 AM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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