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Cynthia McKinney event called illegal (flew in singer Isaac Hayes for political fundraiser)
Oxford Press ^ | 4/05/06 | BOB KEMPER, SCOTT MacFARLANE

Posted on 04/05/2006 4:46:35 PM PDT by Libloather

McKinney event called illegal
By BOB KEMPER, SCOTT MacFARLANE
Cox News Service
Wednesday, April 05, 2006


Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., center, walking down the steps of the House side of the U.S. Capitol after the last scheduled vote of the day Thursday, March 30, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

WASHINGTON — When Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-Ga.) spent money from her congressional office budget to fly singer Isaac Hayes to DeKalb County last year, it wasn't just to have the superstar attend the opening of her new district office or talk about music education for children of the 4th Congressional District.

Hayes also was the headliner at a political fundraiser for McKinney at the Stone Mountain home of state Sen. Gloria Butler, a violation of House ethics and campaign rules.

McKinney's office on Monday said it made a mistake when it paid for Hayes' trip — $500 for airfare and $400 for accommodations — from her $1 million congressional office budget, which is funded by federal tax dollars. Her aides vowed to pay back the money.

But McKinney's problems grew more serious Tuesday because using House funds to pay for purely political activity is specifically prohibited by House rules. Further, McKinney's failure to list Hayes' expenses on her campaign disclosure forms violated Federal Election Commission rules.

"It's actually breaking the law," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

"It's breaking House rules, which prevent a member from using travel funds for anything but their own travel," Sloan said. "And it breaks Federal Election Commission law, which requires that campaign funds be used for campaign expenses."

McKinney's spokesman, Coz Carson, said the misreporting had been an administrative mistake.

"This was not some sinister act to dupe the people out of a small amount of money," Carson said.

Butler, a Democrat from Stone Mountain, said the fundraiser with Hayes in March 2005 was the only event she hosted for McKinney. Butler said she couldn't recall how many people attended the event or how much money was raised, details she said were handled by McKinney's campaign.

Public records show McKinney did make a distinction between the event at her district office and the fundraiser held that evening when it came to catering.

She paid the caterer who did both events about $1,000 from her congressional office funds for one event and $800 from her campaign fund for the fundraiser.

McKinney featured Hayes in a full-color brochure she sent later to constituents. The singer also taped a radio campaign ad for McKinney.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; called; chef; cynthia; ethics; event; flew; fundraiser; hayes; illegal; isaac; mckinney; political; singer; southpark
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Singer Isaac Hayes, who was until recently the voice of Chef on the cartoon satire series 'South Park', is seen at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland in this July 2, 2005 file photo. 'South Park' drew hefty ratings with the launch of its 10th season, cashing in on publicity surrounding Hayes's departure from the show, it was reported March 23, 2006. REUTERS/ARC-Jean-Bernard Sieber
1 posted on 04/05/2006 4:46:39 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Cynthia has obviously copied the "Buckwheat" look!


2 posted on 04/05/2006 4:50:48 PM PDT by kaktuskid
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To: Libloather

You better not get on her case, or she'll say you're racist.


3 posted on 04/05/2006 4:51:33 PM PDT by jdm
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To: Libloather
Seems the water is getting hot for Cynthia.


4 posted on 04/05/2006 4:52:55 PM PDT by A message
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To: kaktuskid

Like minds I was just wondering if she was going to fly in the ghost of Buckwheat for her next campaign.


5 posted on 04/05/2006 4:53:36 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Support the New Media and F.R.)
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To: Libloather

What is most scary is that people like mckinney will be voted into power by conservatives staying home.

The trifecta of Pelosi, Conyers, and Rangel is scary.

Dems have no term limits on their chairmen and rangel and conyers are going to impeach Bush and act like total kooks.

These are people that think Diebold steals elections. They are nuts.

But you will still see posts on here saying there is no difference between the two parties.

I wonder if in a red district the constituents who vote for a dem know they are voting for Pelosi to take san francisco nationwide.

Pelosi was made leader of the dems by the congressional black caucus.


6 posted on 04/05/2006 4:53:58 PM PDT by santorumlite
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To: Libloather
It looks like we taxpayers got the SHAFT.
7 posted on 04/05/2006 4:53:59 PM PDT by lindor
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To: Libloather
Every time I see that photo at the top of the thread I can't help but think of a street walker, her pimp and her madam walking out of court after getting off scot free.

No aspersions intended, of course.

Leni

8 posted on 04/05/2006 4:54:09 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: lindor
It looks like we taxpayers got the SHAFT.

Daaaamn right!

9 posted on 04/05/2006 4:55:19 PM PDT by Caveman Lawyer (Cluckin' defiance)
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To: jdm
You better not get on her case, or she'll say you're racist.

No problem there anyone with an opinion is already a racist, thats all it takes these days.

10 posted on 04/05/2006 4:55:36 PM PDT by rodguy911 (Support the New Media and F.R.)
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To: Libloather
Another thing she will skate on.
11 posted on 04/05/2006 4:56:45 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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To: rodguy911



What seems more of a crime is the fact she has a ONE MILLION dollar congressional office Budget


12 posted on 04/05/2006 4:58:59 PM PDT by sabatino28 (From the Military Capital of the South - San Antonio, TX)
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To: rodguy911
Like minds I was just wondering if she was going to fly in the ghost of Buckwheat for her next campaign.

Buckwheat was a good kid.

13 posted on 04/05/2006 4:59:30 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Bend over and think of England.)
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To: santorumlite

If conservatives stay home, the coming Donk seat increase in the House will turn into a two-House landslide.


14 posted on 04/05/2006 5:01:59 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: santorumlite
Pelosi was made leader of the dems by the congressional black caucus.

Pelosi isn't stupid (enough) unfortunatly, and McKinney is not only a liberal leftist but also an ass.

If you noticed, Pelosi isn't defending her, and apparently the 2 aren't on speaking terms (personally, I think Pelosi wanted that started as a rumor, but its clear Pelosi would sell out McKinney).

The GOP should make McKinney the poster child for the democratic party the way the dems wanted Delay or Abramhof to be the poster kids for the GOP.

15 posted on 04/05/2006 5:02:14 PM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: Libloather
I have to say it.

The Democrat Culture of Corruption has got to STOP!!!

16 posted on 04/05/2006 5:02:21 PM PDT by A message
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To: A message

"The Democrat Culture of Corruption..."

It's not just a culture, it's a full blown infestation!


17 posted on 04/05/2006 5:09:19 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Sonny M

Pelosi at first did defend her.

Pelosi's first reaction was that it was no big deal.

Then republicans brought the issue to the floor praising capitol police and hastert asked pelosi how many times would an officer have to be hit for it to be a big deal.


The biggest GOP problem is that they are not highlighting the fact that their opposition are a bunch of radical nuts.


18 posted on 04/05/2006 5:12:23 PM PDT by santorumlite
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To: Sonny M

I wonder if people in southern indiana know that by voting for democrats they will get radical commie john conyers as chairmen of the judiciary.

The dem leadership in the house is the most radical leadership in the history of congress.

Conyers, Pelosi, Rangel, Frank, Waxman, Slaughter replacing harman next year.

These people are moonbats.


19 posted on 04/05/2006 5:14:27 PM PDT by santorumlite
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To: Libloather
This is rich, coming on the same day Tom DeLay resigned from Congress for no crime, but only a politically inspired indictment by a hack Texas DA.

McNinney will walk on this one. No inidictment. No trial. No problem. All she need play is the Race Card. She probably won't even pay back the stolen money and nobody will have the guts to press her for it.

But she will stay comfortably in Congress another 50 years, or until she dies of old age in office, which ever comes first!

20 posted on 04/05/2006 5:15:07 PM PDT by Gritty (Conservatives get prosecuted under liberals' jurisprudence of epithets Ann Coulter)
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