Skip to comments.Republican National Committee: Obama Fundraising Hypocrisy (Obama - Code Pink Scandal)
Posted on 06/14/2008 1:39:46 PM PDT by kristinn
Republican National Committee
WASHINGTON, June 14 -- RNC Press Secretary Alex Conant released the following statement today:
"Barack Obama's campaign of hypocrisy and finger pointing continues this morning. While Obama and Democrats launch attacks on Republicans, their silence concerning fundraisers like Jodie Evans and Jim Johnson is deafening. Obama's hypocritical attacks undermine everything his campaign is supposed to be about."
Jodie Evans Is The Co-Founder Of The Radical Anti-War Group CODEPINK And Has Committed To Raise At Least $50,000 For Barack Obama:
Evans Is A Bundler For Obama's Presidential Campaign And Has Committed To Raising $50,000 To $100,000. (Obama For America Website, Accessed 5/15/08)
Evans Is Co-Founder Of CODEPINK. "When President Bush announced in March 2003 that the invasion of Iraq had begun, Ruzicka was already in Baghdad with Code Pink, said Jodi[e] Evans, the co-founder of the women's anti-war group." (Brian Skoloff, "Activist Helping Iraqi Families Dies In Baghdad Car Bombing," The Associated Press, 4/18/05)
Evans Blamed 9/11 Attacks On America's Presence In The Middle East And Said "Sure" It Is A Valid Argument. EVANS: "We were attacked because we were in Saudi Arabia." (Conscience of Kansas Radio Show, 6/3/08)
* Click Here To Listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBvrQ4PWEuY
Outside Of The Republican National Convention In 2004, Evans Said That America Was Being Violated. Evans: "It's so celebratory. It's people exercising their patriotic duty, which is to protest when America is being violated." (CNN's "Daybreak," 8/30/04)
Evans Said That Men Were Dying So People Could Drive Around In Hummers. "Code Pink founder and leader Jodi[e] Evans rolled out a whole roster of civil disobedience activities over the next few months, including a plan to gatecrash a Halliburton shareholders' meeting to highlight war profiteering in Iraq and a picket of 24 Hummer dealerships -- purveyors of the least fuel-efficient vehicle on the roads -- to mark Earth Day next month. As Ms. Evans put it: 'Men are dying in their Hummers in Iraq so you can drive around in yours.'" (Andrew Gumbel, "Los Angeles Stories," [London] Independent, 3/28/04)
Evans Has Traveled To Iraq At Least Three Times. "In fact, this is precisely what has happened, says Jodi[e] Evans, the co-founder of Code Pink for Peace, who returned in February from her third trip to Iraq in the last year." (Katherine Stapp, "Int'l Women's Day," Inter Press Service, 3/5/04)
* Upon The Return Of Her Third Trip She Said That Women In Iraq Were Worse Off Than They Were Under Saddam Hussein. "'Women are worse off now than they were under Saddam,' Evans said flatly. 'One million widows from the Iran-Iraq War have been evicted from their state-subsidised housing, rape is widespread, there's a 70 percent unemployment rate and a lot of abuse in the home that didn't exist before.'" (Katherine Stapp, "Int'l Women's Day," Inter Press Service, 3/5/04)
In 2003 Evans Called The Invasion Of Iraq A "Global Testosterone Poisoning." "'When the world is on the brink of being consumed by global testosterone poisoning, it's time for the women to rise up in a pre-emptive strike for peace,' CodePink's Jodi[e] Evans said." ("Capital Comment," United Press International, 3/4/03)
Johnson Is A Bundler For Obama's Presidential Campaign And Has Committed To Raising $100,000 To $200,000. (Obama For America Website, Accessed 5/19/08)
Jim Johnson, A Former CEO Of Fannie Mae And Top Obama Campaign Adviser, Received Special Loans From Countrywide:
Jim Johnson, A Former CEO Of Fannie Mae, Received Special Loans From Countrywide Financial CEO Angelo Mozilo. "Countrywide Financial Corp. makes mortgage loans through a vast network of offices, brokers and call centers. But a few customers have gotten their loans a special way: through Countrywide Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo. These borrowers, known internally as 'friends of Angelo' or FoA, include two former CEOs of Fannie Mae, the biggest buyer of Countrywide's mortgages, say people familiar with the matter. One was James Johnson, a longtime Democratic Party power and an adviser to Sen. Barack Obama's campaign, who this past week was named to a panel that is vetting running-mate possibilities for the presumed nominee." (Glenn R. Simpson and James R. Hagerty, "Countrywide Friends Got Good Loans," The Wall Street Journal, 6/7/08)
* While CEO Of Fannie Mae, Johnson And Mozilo Worked Closely And Maintained A "Close Friendship." "From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Johnson served as CEO of the Federal National Mortgage Association, also known as Fannie Mae, which worked closely with Countrywide, one of the nation's leading lenders and loan servicing companies. In 1996, Mr. Johnson named Mr. Mozilo as chairman of Fannie Mae's national advisory council. A 1999 article in the American Banker said the two men had a 'close friendship.'" (Josh Gerstein, "Top Talent Scout For Obama Tied To Subprime Lender," The New York Sun, 6/9/08)
"Property Records Show Mr. Johnson Has Received More Than $7 Million In Loans From Countrywide Since 1998, The First Coming In The Waning Days Of His Fannie Mae Tenure." (Glenn R. Simpson and James R. Hagerty, "Countrywide Friends Got Good Loans," The Wall Street Journal, 6/7/08)
* At Least Two Of The Mortgages Were At Rates "Below Market Averages." "The Journal said at least two of the mortgages, among a series of loans made available to people Countrywide officials called 'friends of Angelo,' were at rates below market averages, though it is difficult to predict a market rate without access to nonpublic information about a borrower's credit history and other factors that can reduce interest charges on a loan." (Josh Gerstein, "Top Talent Scout For Obama Tied To Subprime Lender," The New York Sun, 6/9/08)
As Recently As 2003, Johnson Has Praised Mozilo's Leadership Of Fannie Mae, Calling It "Remarkably Impressive." "Since leaving Fannie Mae, Mr. Johnson has lavished praise on Mr. Mozilo's performance, calling it 'remarkably impressive' in a 2003 interview with BusinessWeek. 'By strengthening servicing in good times, Countrywide has done a brilliant job of insulating itself for the down cycle,' Mr. Johnson told Fortune in 2003." (Josh Gerstein, "Top Talent Scout For Obama Tied To Subprime Lender," The New York Sun, 6/9/08)
With the RNC finally applying some heat, hopefully Sen. Obama will do the right thing and renounce Jodie Evans and her Code Pink blood money.
Here is an article posted at FR with more extensive background on the connections between Obama and Code Pink's Jodie Evans:
Terrorist Supporter Hosted Obama Hollywood Fundraiser
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama's first Hollywood fundraiser was co-hosted by a supporter of the terrorists in Iraq. The Hollywood bibleVariety reported that Code Pink's Jodie Evans co-hosted the Obama event with her ex-husband Max Palevsky and Dreamworks partners Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen in February 2007.
In 2005 while attending the World Trbunal on Iraq in Istanbul, Evans gushed approvingly of the terrorists in Iraq in a statement originally published on the Code Pink website:
"We must begin by really standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to resist. I can remain myself against all forms of violence, and yet I cannot judge what someone has to do when pushed to the wall to protect all they love. The Iraqi people are fighting for their country, to protect their families and to preserve all they love. They are fighting for their lives, and we are fighting for lies." (AlterNet, June 26, 2005)
Code Pink endorsed the findings of the World Tribunal on Iraq that expressed unqualified support for the terrorists in Iraq.
When Evans co-hosted the Obama fundraiser, she had just returned from Cuba as a guest of the Castro government where she and her Code Pink partner Medea Benjamin protested the U.S. military's terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo. (A year before that, Evans had been a guest of Castro wannabe Hugo Chavez in Venezuala.)
In December 2004, Evans helped Code Pink deliver $650,000 in cash and humanitarian aid to families of the terrorists in Fallujah. At the time, the U.S. military was waging a major campaign to retake the city from Al Qaeda in Iraq. The recent film about the insurgency in Iraq, Meeting Resistance, showed that family members of the insurgency are intimately involved in aiding terrorist activities.
Recent news articles have reported on Evans' bundling more than $50,000 in contributions to Sen. Obama's presidential campaign, as well as her $2300 personal contribution to that campaign. The revelation that she was selected by Obama to co-host his first fundraiser in Hollywood takes their political relationship to a new, more personal level.
Evans' radical anti-American politics are no secret. The news of her trip to Castro's Cuba just weeks before the fundraiser was widely reported. The knowledge of her support for the terrorists in Iraq was easily obtainable by doing a quick Internet search. That Barack Obama not only accepted Jodie Evans' money, but also gave her the honor of co-hosting his first Hollywood fundraiser, should raise great concerns that he shares her radical pro-terrorist politics.
All this fingerpointing is just an ‘ugly contest’ between toads.
“Evans Blamed 9/11 Attacks On America’s Presence In The Middle East”
It’s the other way around. America is in the Middle East precisely because of the unprovoked sneak attacks on 9-11.
Instead of whining about what the other side is doing (like there really IS another side any more) perhaps the Repubes ought to concentrate on their own fundraising problems.
“Its the other way around. America is in the Middle East precisely because of the unprovoked sneak attacks on 9-11.”
So....we had no presence in the Middle East BEFORE 9/11?
I would love to focus on the Republican fundraising “problem” and encourage others to contribute to the “problem” as well...
If that is your letter that you posted here on FR a few weeks back, I read it already and agree.
yup it is
Why doesn't he just wave his hands and make the waters part? Oh, I forgot, that was Moses and he's the messiah.
The Code Pink slime is going to stick to Democrats who refuse to renounce their money.
And it’s a pleasant surprise to see our RNC actually growing enough stones to mention it.
I don’t see John McCain taking money and being friendly with the Code Pink people who harm our military men and women.
With the socialists in firm control of the media and ZERO help from the administration, not likely.
By the way, I will be in DC this week, freepmail me if there is anything going on.
Does that mean he walked there?
WHY, should Barrack Hussein Obama renounce Code Pink? He supports EVERYTHING they stand for!
9/11 had the opposite effect of what the terrorist intended. The US increased their presence in the Middle East due to their acts of war.
“9/11 had the opposite effect of what the terrorist intended. The US increased their presence in the Middle East due to their acts of war.”
True, but how does that answer my question?
This is all I have found, so far, in regard to this meeting at Great Bitter Lake
The 1951 Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement and the 1977 Accords (known as the USMTM Agreement) formed and governs the basis and function of USMTM in Saudi Arabia. USMTM was formally established on June 27, 1953 and is still a fundamental component of the US/Saudi military relationship.
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