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Clinton papers reveal donor, embargo ties
Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2008 | by Jerry Seper

Posted on 03/23/2008 9:46:10 PM PDT by jdm

** EXCERPT **

With a large charitable donation in hand, Indonesian businessman Mochtar Riady flew to Little Rock to dine with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton at a 1993 gala honoring her as an "Arkansan of the Year" at a time his company, a multibillion dollar banking conglomerate, was seeking an end to a 30-year trade embargo with Vietnam.

Five days after the March 4, 1993, dinner at the Excelsior Hotel, Mr. Riady took the embargo question directly to President Clinton, saying in a four-page letter that its demise would bring political reforms in that communist country.

By that time, Mr. Riady's banking conglomerate, the $12 billion Indonesia-based Lippo Group, its subsidiaries and its employees, including his son James and executive John Huang had funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars to Mr. Clinton's 1992 presidential race and had guaranteed a $3 million last-minute loan to a cash-short Clinton campaign just before the crucial New York primary in 1992.

Within six months of the dinner, the Lippo firm opened its first offices in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and a further five months later Mr. Clinton signed an executive order lifting the embargo, which had been in effect since 1964.

The close proximity of Mrs. Clinton's contact and Mr. Riady's Little Rock donation to his efforts to lobby for an end to the embargo were never disclosed at the time and only became public with the release last week of 11,046 pages of Mrs. Clinton's White House activity calendars.

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1 posted on 03/23/2008 9:46:11 PM PDT by jdm
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To: doug from upland
James Riady paid a record $8.6 million in criminal fines in 2001 and also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to defraud the U.S. by unlawfully reimbursing campaign donors with foreign corporate funds in violation of federal election law.

Ping.

2 posted on 03/23/2008 9:46:56 PM PDT by jdm
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To: jdm

But of course the Clintons didn’t anything wrong. Nothing to see here...


3 posted on 03/23/2008 9:49:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Some think McCain should pick his No 2 now. I thought the nominee was No 2. And that No 1s me off!)
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To: jdm

“...saying in a four-page letter that its demise would bring political reforms in that communist country.”

well, he was right about that. Free trade raises all boats and reforms political systems.


4 posted on 03/23/2008 9:49:50 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: jdm

They have always been above the law.


5 posted on 03/23/2008 9:53:11 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: jdm

Of course, this is on top of the $76,000,000 the DNC got from the PRC in 1996.


6 posted on 03/23/2008 9:53:53 PM PDT by MindBender26 (Leftists stop arguing when they see your patriotism, your logic, your CAR-15 and your block of C4.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Hillary KNOWS NOTHING about this.

This will be Bill’s fault.

lOL!


7 posted on 03/23/2008 9:55:37 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: jdm

Makes you wonder what’s in the tax returns she won’t release. And the donor records for the lie-brary and massage parlor ... hoo boy, imagine what kind of tale those would tell!


8 posted on 03/23/2008 9:56:19 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Who Would Montgomery Brewster Choose?)
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To: doug from upland

Hillary won’t “recall” it anyway.


9 posted on 03/23/2008 9:56:58 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: doug from upland; Conservative Vermont Vet; rellimpank; cake_crumb; Carry_Okie; Grampa Dave; ...

James Riady paid a record $8.6 million in criminal fines in 2001 and also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to defraud the U.S. by unlawfully reimbursing campaign donors with foreign corporate funds in violation of federal election law.

Mr. Huang pleaded guilty in 1999 to a felony charge of conspiring...


10 posted on 03/23/2008 10:00:57 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jdm

Hillary caught lying about Communist campaign donations in 1992 and sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996. Obama caught with a racist Black Liberation Theology preacher and an advisor scoring illegal access into passport files.

.

The Draft Gore ‘08 movement gains steam long before the DNC convention even opens its doors in Denver...


11 posted on 03/23/2008 10:01:29 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: jdm
James Riady paid a record $8.6 million in criminal fines in 2001 and also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiring to defraud the U.S. by unlawfully reimbursing campaign donors with foreign corporate funds in violation of federal election law.

Chump change. It's a fee for the "protection" of the Grand Staircase Escalante.

12 posted on 03/23/2008 10:02:31 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: jdm

Bump for reading in morning.


13 posted on 03/23/2008 10:03:01 PM PDT by TBP
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To: jdm

Gee, an Indonesian at a gala to honor the “Arkansan of the Year.” Nothing suspicious there. The Clintons don’t even try to hide their sleaze. Shameless.


14 posted on 03/23/2008 10:14:42 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("a wee bit silly." -Lord Trimble on Hillary Clinton's claim of foreign policy "experience".)
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To: Southack
Hillary caught lying about Communist campaign donations in 1992 and sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996.

Don't forget Hillary's claims that she "helped bring peace to Northern Ireland"...

15 posted on 03/23/2008 10:20:19 PM PDT by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ...
Clinton crime and corruption ping...
16 posted on 03/23/2008 10:21:27 PM PDT by nutmeg (Obama supporters: Drink the Kool-Aid? Yes we can!)
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To: jdm
... 11,046 pages of Mrs. Clinton's White House activity calendars.

Those pages are going to be a gold mine.

17 posted on 03/23/2008 10:25:51 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid ... even by congressional standards.)
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To: jdm
Just a treasonous bwitch
18 posted on 03/23/2008 10:47:27 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: jdm

Ping - will read tomorrow


19 posted on 03/24/2008 12:23:52 AM PDT by AnimalLover ( ((Are there special rules and regulations for the big guys?)))
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To: DoughtyOne

Did they Discuss Bubba going to Arizona to sign a Bill Making the Largest deposit of clean Burning Coal IN UTAH a National Park thereby making it out of bounds for mining so as to make James Riady and his lippo group the only other supplier of such coal in the world?


20 posted on 03/24/2008 3:33:10 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: DoughtyOne

Did they Discuss Bubba going to Arizona to sign a Bill Making the Largest deposit of clean Burning Coal IN UTAH a National Park thereby making it out of bounds for mining so as to make James Riady and his lippo group the only other supplier of such coal in the world?


21 posted on 03/24/2008 3:33:32 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: jdm

Bump for later.


22 posted on 03/24/2008 3:52:03 AM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: jdm

Payola 101. Not even subtle.


23 posted on 03/24/2008 4:29:37 AM PDT by rod1 (uestion)
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To: RobinOfKingston

and just think, this is what the Clintanoids think is safe to show people...imagine what is in the rest of the pages.


24 posted on 03/24/2008 4:31:29 AM PDT by rod1 (uestion)
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To: Carry_Okie

So James Riady was the an earlier version of Norman Hsu for the Clintons. Besides being a convicted criminal.


25 posted on 03/24/2008 4:33:13 AM PDT by rod1 (uestion)
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To: rod1
Yep. It's all about money.

The power to regulate is the power to control an economy. That makes it power for sale.

Everybody knows that the economics of socialism suck. So why do corporations give anything to the Slave Party?

Selling favorable regulations, whether to create a monopoly, constrain supply, or punish competitors, is the only way Democrats can attract corporate cash. If attraction doesn't work, their only other means is extortion. It says a lot about how corrupt America has become.

The reason we had limited government in the first place is so that it wouldn't have power to sell. The behavior of the states was to be constrained by natural law competition.

26 posted on 03/24/2008 5:27:14 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: traviskicks
But in so doing, it gives the false impression that communism is a successful economic system, though the ChiComs and Viets are breaking one golden rule of Marxism by not ‘doing it on their own’ but by trading with free-market countries.

With slave labor and free trade outside their borders, they have lots of disposable income to spend on the military.

27 posted on 03/24/2008 5:30:35 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
With slave labor and free trade outside their borders, they have lots of disposable income to spend on the military.

Yup, there's a reason "free trade" has been a communist priority since the beginning: it is a subsidy to corporations that socialize the risks.

28 posted on 03/24/2008 5:36:35 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: jdm

Hillary doesn’t recall....


29 posted on 03/24/2008 7:42:29 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: Southack
"Obama caught with a racist Black Liberation Theology preacher and an advisor scoring illegal access into passport files."

Is Obama still all fired up on having a FULL INVESTIGATION?? The other two candidates should INSIST on one.

30 posted on 03/24/2008 7:47:37 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: traviskicks
"well, he was right about that. Free trade raises all boats and reforms political systems."

Yeah, it's really made a difference in China.

31 posted on 03/24/2008 7:48:41 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: NonValueAdded
"Makes you wonder what’s in the tax returns she won’t release. And the donor records for the lie-brary and massage parlor ... "

Accounting errors.

32 posted on 03/24/2008 7:49:50 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: cake_crumb

Hillary and Obama are taking too many PR hits.

Look for Al Gore to come to the Dems’ rescue at the DNC convention in Denver.


33 posted on 03/24/2008 7:50:34 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood
"Gee, an Indonesian at a gala to honor the “Arkansan of the Year.” Nothing suspicious there."

How nice it would be if Barack had ties. After all he and Hillary have Rezko in common.

34 posted on 03/24/2008 7:53:38 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: jdm

This constitutes bribery.


35 posted on 03/24/2008 8:07:30 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: jdm

PS: How much did Riady pay for taking the Utah coal reserves off the market.


36 posted on 03/24/2008 8:09:02 AM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Southack
"Look for Al Gore to come to the Dems’ rescue at the DNC convention in Denver."

/:-) I look forward to interrupting him in mid "BETRAAAAAYED" to ask him why the whole year has been colder than average. And if he knows it's been so cold the ice cap has recovered.

37 posted on 03/24/2008 8:38:50 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: cake_crumb

That’s great, but half of this nation accepts his climate spiel without question.

Gore as an ‘08 candidate won’t fare well against the far-right, but we’re only 30% of the country.


38 posted on 03/24/2008 8:40:32 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

IF it were all ever added together....millions.


39 posted on 03/24/2008 9:13:59 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: Southack
"Gore as an ‘08 candidate won’t fare well against the far-right, but we’re only 30% of the country."

True. There probably aren't enough voters with severe cases of Clintonitis to make Al lose TOO many votes...but then, he's guilty of many of the same campaign crimes as the Clintons. Remember Temple finance.

40 posted on 03/24/2008 9:16:22 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: nmh

Yeah, you know it...


41 posted on 03/24/2008 9:31:36 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Some think McCain should pick his No 2 now. I thought the nominee was No 2. And that No 1s me off!)
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To: ballplayer

LOL, very good question. My guess is no.


42 posted on 03/24/2008 9:33:35 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Some think McCain should pick his No 2 now. I thought the nominee was No 2. And that No 1s me off!)
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To: cake_crumb

Gore’s scandals are pretty old. Hillary’s problems are pretty new, as are Obama’s.

Besides, McCain isn’t running a scandalizing campaign; he’s running on issues. That means that he’d be competing against Gore’s popular (with our opponents) global warming issue.


43 posted on 03/24/2008 9:44:25 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack
Gore's scandals may be old, but we can hope the public is becoming scandaled out after Obama, Hillary, Spitzer and now Paterson.

McCain doesn't HAVE to dig up Gore scandals. An Inconvenient Truth" has been roundly discredited by no less than the Briith court for it's numerous factual errors and is no longer allowed to be shown in schools as an educational film. Dnd his pattern of REALLY stupid lies still stands.

List courtesy NRO

New Lie! ALL R&D
October 17; third presidential debate, St. Louis
CLAIM
: “The big drug companies…are now spending more money on advertising and promotion — you see all these ads — than they are on research and development.”
TRUTH: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported in July that drug companies spent between $5.8 billion and $8.3 billion on marketing and $21 billion on research in 1998, according to CBS News.
— by John J. Miller

FIRE LIE
October 3, 2000; First presidential debate, Boston, Mass.
CLAIM
: “I accompanied James Lee Witt down to Texas when those fires broke out [in Parker County].”
TRUTH: FEMA spokeswoman Mary Margaret Walker told NR: “During the fires in Parker County, Texas, the vice president participated in a roundtable about the fires with FEMA's regional director. . . . He was not with Mr. Witt at that time.” Gore admitted as much on ABC's Good Morning America: “I've made so many trips with James Lee to these disaster sites. I was there in Texas, in Houston, with the head of the Texas emergency management folks and with the federal emergency management folks. If James Lee was there before or after, then, you know, I got that wrong then.”
— by John J. Miller & Kathryn Jean Lopez

THE GIRL WITHOUT A SEAT
October 3, 2000; First presidential debate, Boston, Mass.
CLAIM
: “I'd like to tell you a quick story. I got a letter today, as I left Sarasota, Florida. I'm here with a group of 13 people from around the country who helped me prepare and we had a great time. But two days ago we ate lunch at a restaurant and the guy who served us lunch sent — got me a letter today. His name is Randy Ellis, he has a 15-year-old daughter named Kailey, who's in Sarasota High School. Her science class was supposed to be for 24 students. She is the 36th student in that classroom, sent me a picture of her in the classroom. They can't squeeze another desk in for her, so she has to stand during class.”
October 4, A.M. Tampa Bay, 970AM WFLA
TRUTH: Dan Kennedy, principal of Sarasota High School: "I think the facts that he was provided with were inaccurate because we don't really have any students standing in class, and we have more than enough desks for all of our students. . . .[What Gore was referring to] was probably one of the first days of school when we were in a process of leveling classes. [Kailey] did have an opportunity to use a lab stool, which was also available in the classroom. But we were refurbishing that classroom, and in the back of that picture, if you look carefully, you can see probably about $100,000 worth of new lab equipment that was waiting to be unpacked, which is one of the reasons the room looked as crowded as it did. The teacher did not notify us that he needed another desk. Had we known, we would have put one in there immediately.”
— by Kathryn Jean Lopez

BUSH'S EXPERIENCE
October 3, 2000; First presidential debate, Boston, Mass.
CLAIM
: “I have actually not questioned Governor Bush's experience.”
TRUTH: In an interview printed by the New York Times on March 12, Gore said: “You have to wonder whether [Bush] has the experience to be president. I mean, you really have to wonder. ... You have to wonder: Does Governor Bush have the experience to be president? ... Again you have to wonder: Does George Bush have the experience to be president?”
— by John J. Miller

SLICK GORE
Washington Post, Sept. 24
CLAIM
: At Sept. 22 press conference, Gore says, “I've been a part of the discussions on the strategic reserve since the days when it was first established.”
TRUTH: President Ford established the Strategic Petroleum Reserves when he signed the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) on December 22, 1975 — two years before Al Gore became a congressman.

OFF KEY
USA Today, Sept. 19
CLAIM
: Addressing a Teamsters meeting, Gore spoke of lullabies from his youth and sang, "Look for the union label."
TRUTH: The song was written in 1975, when Gore was 27.

ARTHRITIS PAIN
Sept. 20, 2000; Associated Press
CLAIM
: The vice president told Florida senior citizens in an Aug. 28 speech that his mother-in-law pays $108 a month for the same arthritis medicine he gives his dog for $37.80 a month.
TRUTH
: The figures he used were taken from a House Democratic study and did not reflect his family's own costs. Moreover, the study's figures referred to wholesale prices, not prices paid by the consumer.

DEBATING BUSH
July 16, 2000; NBC'S Meet the Press
CLAIM
: "I've accepted for two or three months now your invitation to debate on this program," said Gore on NBC's Meet the Press. "How are you going to persuade [Bush] to say yes, Tim?"
Tim Russert: "Well, maybe you're helping today."
Gore: "Well, do you think so? But what kind of approach — can you get Jack Welch involved?"
TRUTH: On the Today show on September 4, Gore refused to make good on this pledge.
Matt Lauer: "I do want to remind you that back in July, you had already agreed to the Meet the Press debate with Tim Russert."
Gore: "Sure."
Lauer: "Why now reject it?"
Gore: "I still agree to it. But first, let's do the commissioned debates."

SOFT MONEY
March 15, 2000; CNN
CLAIM:
"What I did yesterday was to call on the Democratic National Committee—and they'll comply with this—to not spend any of the so-called soft money on these issue ads unless and until the Republican Party does."
TRUTH:
"The Democratic National Committee announced a $25 million summer ad campaign, paid for with soft money. The Republicans, so far, have not bought ads with soft money for Bush." (for full story, click here.)

TEXAS GOVERNOR
May 2, 2000; Washington Post
CLAIM:
"You know [Bush] has never put together a budget. The governor of Texas is by far the weakest chief executive position in America and does not have the responsibility of forming or presenting a budget. He's never done that."
TRUTH: Texas law defines the governor as "the chief budget officer of the state" and orders him to distribute his budget to every member of the legislature. And Bush, in fact, has formed and presented budgets as governor.

BUSH CRIME RECORD
May 2, 2000; Atlanta YWCA speech
CLAIM:
"Under Bush, Texas' recidivism rate has increased by 25 percent."
TRUTH: Nobody knows what has happened to the recidivism rate under Bush because those figures haven't been published, due to extensive lag times in reporting. The most recent numbers are from 1994, according to the Texas Criminal Justice Policy Council.

BUSH DEBT PLAN
April 25, 2000; Association for a Better New York speech
CLAIM:
"He provides for no reduction in the debt — and no reduction in interest on the debt."
TRUTH: By promising to reserve excess revenues generated by Social Security payroll taxes for Social Security, Bush essentially promises to retire federal debt with this money.

BUDGET SURPLUS
May 2, 2000; Washington Post
CLAIM:
Describing the Clinton administration plan outlined in the 1999 State of the Union address to have the federal government invest some of the budget surplus in the stock market: "We didn't really propose it. We talked about the idea."
TRUTH: Page 37 of the Clinton administration budget submitted to Congress in February: "The President also proposes to invest half of the transferred amounts in corporate equities." From last year's budget: "The administration proposes tapping the power of private financial markets to increase the resources to pay for future Social Security benefits."

TOBACCO #1
March 1, 2000; San Jose Mercury News
CLAIM:
“It’s not fair to say, ‘Okay, after his sister died, he continued in the same relationship with the tobacco industry.’ I did not. I did not. I began to confront them forcefully. I don’t see the inconsistency there.”
TRUTH: The same month Gore’s sister died in 1984, he received a $1,000 speaking fee from U.S. Tobacco. The next year, he voted against cigarette and tobacco tax increases three times and favored a bill allowing major cigarette makers to purchase discounted tobacco. In the 1988 campaign, Gore bragged of his tobacco background: “I want you to know that with my own hands, all of my life, I put [tobacco] in the plant beds and transferred it. I’ve hoed it, I’ve dug in it, I’ve sprayed it, I’ve chopped it, I’ve shredded it, spiked it, put it in the barn, and stripped it and sold it” (Newsday, 2-26-88).

TOBACCO #2
March 1, 2000; San Jose Mercury News
CLAIM:
“My family had grown tobacco. It was never actually grown on my farm, but it was on my father’s farm.”
TRUTH: Gore had already admitted growing tobacco on his own farm: “On my farm, we stopped growing tobacco some time after Nancy died” (Cox News Service, 4-26-99). Also, Gore received federal subsidies for growing tobacco on his farm (Wall Street Journal, 8-10-95).

ABORTION #1
February 20, 2000; New York Times
CLAIM:
Gore said he has “always, always, always” supported Roe v. Wade.
TRUTH: In 1977, Rep. Gore voted for the Hyde Amendment, which says that abortion “takes the life of an unborn child who is a living human being,” and that there is no constitutional right to abortion. He cast many other votes favorable to the pro-life cause and earned an 84 percent rating from the National Right to Life Committee.

CROWD ESTIMATE
February 4, 2000; New York Times
CLAIM:
“We had a huge event with 3,000 people at Ohio State University.”
TRUTH: “Officials at that rally said the room where it had taken place did not hold more than 1,200 people, and, given the area needed for the staging erected for the occasion, they estimated the crowd at 500,” reported the Times.

NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY
February 2, 2000; Good Morning America
CLAIM:
“We won in every single demographic category” in the New Hampshire primary.
TRUTH: Bill Bradley carried male voters and voters aged 18-29, according to exit polls.

BRADLEY VOTING RECORD
January 8, 2000; Democratic debate in Iowa
CLAIM: “Why did you [Bill Bradley] vote against the disaster relief for Chris Peterson when he and thousands of other farmers here in Iowa needed it after those ’93 floods?”
TRUTH: Bradley voted for $4.8 billion in flood aid and opposed an amendment, also opposed by the Clinton White House until the last minute, to add $900 million in disaster compensation.

HUBERT HUMPHREY
December 27, 1999; Washington Post
CLAIM:
Gore has suggested that he contributed important lines to Hubert Humphrey’s acceptance speech at the 1968 Democratic convention. “Young Gore later often told the story . . . [A]s [he] sat in the convention hall and looked up at Humphrey in the spotlight, he thought he heard his own words coming back to him.”
TRUTH: When Gore’s supposed conduit to Humphrey denied the influence, Gore blamed his recollection on “Faulty memory. Faulty memory.”

RESIDENCE
December 23, 1999; ABCNews.com
CLAIM:
“I live on a farm today. I have my heart in my own farm.”
TRUTH: Gore lives in the vice-presidential mansion at the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. After making this farm claim, Gore said: “Yes, I live in Washington, D.C., when I’m working there”!

INTERNET PROTECTION
December 17, 1999; Democratic debate on Nightline
CLAIM: “I helped to negotiate an agreement with the Internet service providers to put a parent-protection page up and give parents the ability to click on all the websites that their children have visited lately. That’ll put a lot of bargaining leverage in the hands of parents.”
TRUTH: Bartlett Cleland of the Internet Education Foundation, seven months earlier: “There was no Gore involvement. They hijacked this issue. He makes it sound like he led the project. I can’t imagine what he will invent tomorrow” (Washington Times, 5-6-99).

LOVE CANAL
December 1, 1999; Concord High School, Concord, N.H.
CLAIM:
“I found a little place in upstate New York called Love Canal. I had the first hearing on that issue.”
TRUTH: In October 1978, Gore did hold congressional hearings on Love Canal — which he apparently “found” two months after President Carter declared it a disaster area and the federal government offered to buy the homes.

HOME BUILDER
November 30, 1999; New England Business Council, Manchester, N.H.
CLAIM:
“I was a home builder after I came back from Viet-nam. . . . I know a good bit about how to make money that way. . . . To build this country is a great thing.”
TRUTH: A Gore family corporation, Tanglewood Home­ builders, built nine houses between 1969 and 1973 on property once owned by Gore’s father. “I believe he [Al Gore Jr.] came by a time or two, but not too often,” Jewell Dillehay, the contractor for the development, told the Orange County Register on February 20, 1988.

MCCAIN-FEINGOLD CAMPAIGN-FINANCE BILL
November 24, 1999; New York Times
CLAIM:
“Unlike Senator Bradley, I was a co-sponsor of it.”
TRUTH: Gore and Russell Feingold never served together in the Senate. Gore later admitted to the Times that his comment “was a mistake . . . [W]hat I meant to say was that I supported that.”

EITC
November 1, 1999; Time interview
CLAIM: “I was the author of that proposal [the Earned Income Tax Credit]. I wrote that, so I say [to Bill Bradley], Welcome aboard. That is something for which I have been the principal proponent for a long time.”
TRUTH: The original EITC law was enacted in 1975. Gore entered Congress in 1977.

STIFF AND WOODEN
October 23, 1999; Associated Press
CLAIM:
“I never got that stiff-and-wooden rap in the House and Senate. It has been as vice president.”
TRUTH: Time, March 21, 1988: “A joke among the press corps is, How do you tell Al Gore from his Secret Service protection? Answer: He’s the stiff one.”

VIETNAM SERVICE
October 15, 1999; Los Angeles Times
CLAIM: “I carried an M-16. . . . I pulled my turn on the perimeter at night and walked through the elephant grass, and I was fired upon.” In 1988, Gore told the Washington Post: “I was shot at. . . . I spent most of my time in the field.”
TRUTH: Gore never faced direct enemy fire, although several times he may have arrived on the scene shortly after fighting was completed.

TEST-BAN TREATY
October 14, 1999; Gore ad
CLAIM: “I ask for your support, and your mandate if elected president, to send this treaty back to the Senate with your demand that they ratify it. I’ve worked on this for 20 years because, unless we get this one right, nothing else matters.”
TRUTH:
Gore indeed “worked on” this matter for many years, but often in opposition to a test ban. During his presidential campaign in 1988, he criticized his Democratic primary opponents for “the very idea of having a complete ban on all flight-testing of missiles when we rely on deterrence for the survival of our civilization” (Washington Post, 2-22-88).

INTERNET
March 9, 1999; CNN interview
CLAIM:
“During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet.”
TRUTH: The Internet is an outgrowth of a Pentagon program established in 1969. In the 1980s, Gore supported legislation considered favorable to the Internet’s development.

CENSUS
July 16, 1998; NAACP annual convention
CLAIM:
“The Republicans know theirs is the wrong agenda for African Americans. They don’t even want to count you in the census!”
TRUTH: Most Republicans opposed the Clinton administration’s plan to conduct the census by statistically sampling the population rather than actually trying to count everybody.

BUDDHIST TEMPLE
January 24, 1997; Today show
CLAIM:
“I did not know that it was a fundraiser.”
TRUTH: A DNC memo prepared for Gore made plain that the event at Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights, Calif., was a fundraiser. A Secret Service document called it a fundraiser, Gore’s staff described the event as a fundraiser to reporters, and DNC chairman Don Fowler testified to the Senate that he knew “there was a fundraising aspect to this event.” Six weeks before attending the event, Gore met with temple master Hsing Yun at the White House with fundraisers Maria Hsia and John Huang. Later that day, Gore sent an e-mail saying that he couldn’t be in New York on April 28, 1996: “If we have already booked the fundraisers [in California], then we have to decline.”

ABORTION #2
January 22, 1997; NARAL meeting
CLAIM:
“I reached out to individuals who are leaders on the [pro-life] side of this issue” to “make common cause” on reducing unwanted pregnancies. He went on to imply that Catholic pro-lifers’ opposition to birth control made it impossible for both sides join “together to make abortions rare.”
TRUTH: Despite many queries, no pro-life leader has ever said Gore approached him on this subject.

PEACE CORPS
February 16, 1992; C-SPAN’s Booknotes
CLAIM:
Gore said his sister was “the very first volunteer for the Peace Corps.”
TRUTH: Nancy Gore Hunger was a paid employee at Peace Corps headquarters, 1961-64.

SUPERFUND
April 16, 1988; Democratic debate in New York
CLAIM:
“I have written the law, along with one other principal author of the Superfund law, and amendments to the other major law in this area, which requires that companies improperly disposing of hazardous waste must bear the financial consequences of cleaning it up.”
TRUTH: Rep. Jim Florio, Democrat of New Jersey, wrote the first Superfund law in 1980. Gore was not a coauthor but merely one of 42 cosponsors in the House. Eight years before claiming authorship and praising the Superfund law, Gore criticized it for being “far too small to make a reasonable start on correcting this enormous environmental problem” (Congressional Record, 5-16-80).

HOMETOWN
February 1988; two ads
CLAIM:
“I’m Al Gore. I grew up on a farm,” and “growing up in Carthage, Tennessee, I learned our bedrock values . . .”
TRUTH: Gore, the son of a senator, grew up primarily at the Fairfax Hotel in Washington, D.C., in a suite of rooms overlooking Embassy Row. He graduated from the ritzy St. Albans National Cathedral School, also in the capital.

SCHOOL DAYS
1988 campaign video
CLAIM:
Narrator calls him a “brilliant student.”
TRUTH: “His grades were uneven, never approaching the plateau of A’s and B’s that might be expected of one who possesses such a pedagogical demeanor,” reported the Washington Post (3-19-00).

MUSIC LYRICS
November 3, 1987; Variety
CLAIM:
“I was not in favor of the hearing” on music lyrics.
TRUTH: At the Senate Commerce Committee hearing on September 19, 1985, Gore said: “Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. I would like to thank you and commend you for calling this hearing. Because my wife has been heavily involved in the evolution of this issue, I have gained quite a bit of familiarity with it, and I have really gained an education in what is involved.”

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER
September 27, 1987; Des Moines Register
CLAIM:
Gore claimed he “got a bunch of people indicted and sent to jail” as a reporter in the 1970s.
TRUTH: Two city councilmen were indicted; one was acquitted and the other given a suspended sentence. In an interview with the Memphis Commercial Appeal (10-3-87) a few days later, Gore admitted to “a careless statement that was unintentional.”

FEMALE STAFFERS
August 22, 1987; Associated Press
CLAIM:
Gore “said half his campaign staff were women, and he would make half of a Gore Cabinet women.”
TRUTH: “But pressed by reporters later to name women on his staff, he fumbled and then mentioned one name, which later turned out to be incorrect.”

ARMS CONTROL
1984 Senate ad
CLAIM:
Narrator says Gore “wrote the bipartisan plan on arms control that U.S. negotiators will take to the Russians.”
TRUTH: Ken Adelman, director of U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency: “He had nothing to do with what we proposed to the Soviets” (Boston Globe, 4-11-00).








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44 posted on 03/24/2008 10:08:52 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Boycott Genocide. Boycott the Olympics.)
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To: DoughtyOne

But of course the Clintons didn’t anything wrong. Nothing to see here...”

The Riady group owned the 2nd cleanest known coal source in the world in Indonesia at that time.
The CLEANEST known deposit is in So Utah. Clinton put every acre and then some of the Utah deposits off limits when he declared the area a Nation Monument. He did so from the Arizona side of the border. The Utah members of Congress were lied to right up to the actual signing of the bill.
This coulnty has some of the cleanest burning coal for energy purposes in the entire world. Instead, Clintons did their best to sell out the USA AGAIN.....


45 posted on 03/24/2008 10:26:07 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: ridesthemiles

I agree completely. Clinton was corrupt to the core.


46 posted on 03/24/2008 10:29:57 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Some think McCain should pick his No 2 now. I thought the nominee was No 2. And that No 1s me off!)
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To: Southack
Look for Al Gore to come to the Dems’ rescue at the DNC convention in Denver.

Really don't think so..Gore is hiding under a rock somewhere counting his money. He is waiting for global warming to come back into fashion.

47 posted on 03/24/2008 12:07:48 PM PDT by Irish Eyes
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To: Southack

No the answer is, that none of this matters to democrats.


48 posted on 03/24/2008 1:21:12 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: DoughtyOne

but, but, they just don’t recall...


49 posted on 03/24/2008 2:09:39 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

How many other Arkansanians did they honor in years past or since???


50 posted on 03/24/2008 2:11:15 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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