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12 [Pennsylvania Democrats] face charges in bonus scandal
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | July 11, 2008 | Dennis B. Roddy and Tracie Mauriello

Posted on 07/11/2008 5:35:04 AM PDT by grundle

HARRISBURG -- Grand jurors here and in Pittsburgh cataloged what they described as a culture of corruption that allowed former state Rep. Michael Veon, current Rep. Sean Ramaley and 10 current and former Democratic staffers to divert millions of dollars in state resources, including more than $1 million in illegal pay bonuses.

The jurors said Mr. Veon and the staff members conspired to arrange hefty year-end pay bonuses to House employees who worked on political campaigns over a three-year period, while Mr. Ramaley is accused of working full-time on his 2004 House campaign in Beaver County while drawing a taxpayer salary as a member of Mr. Veon's staff.

The findings ran from the political to the salacious.

It found that tax money was used to bump third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Carl Romanelli from the Pennsylvania ballot in 2004 and 2006. Grand jurors said state money was used to provide a no-work job to a high-ranking House aide's mistress.

(Excerpt) Read more at post-gazette.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: carlromanelli; corruptdems; corruption; cultureofcorruption; disenfranchisedvote; election2004; election2006; electionfraud; govwatch; howtostealanelection; michaelveon; nader; pa2004; pa2006; pelosicongress; ralphnader; ricksantorum; seanramaley; stealingelections; taxdollarsatwork; youpayforthis

1 posted on 07/11/2008 5:35:04 AM PDT by grundle
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


2 posted on 07/11/2008 5:39:53 AM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: grundle

Wow. Party (Democrat) mentioned in the first sentence.


3 posted on 07/11/2008 5:42:07 AM PDT by Clinging Bitterly (Oregon - a pro-militia and firearms state that looks just like Afghanistan .)
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To: grundle
It found that tax money was used to bump third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Carl Romanelli from the Pennsylvania ballot in 2004 and 2006.

Can't let the Rats leave the Plantation. Better to disenfranchise some voters along the way...

4 posted on 07/11/2008 5:45:30 AM PDT by weegee (Obama loves America like Bill loves Hillary.)
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To: grundle

Boy, the article’s writer really went out of the way to avoid using the word “Democrat.” If it was the GOP, I’ll bet the party would figure prominently.


5 posted on 07/11/2008 5:46:17 AM PDT by Entrepreneur (The environmental movement is filled with watermelons - green on the outside, red on the inside)
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To: grundle

Different slant on the Pa. dims re-election strategy. If there were any real journalists left they would interview all the asses in Pittsburgh who will line up to vote democrat next election.


6 posted on 07/11/2008 5:55:33 AM PDT by gr8eman (Everybody is a rocket scientist...until launch day!)
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To: Dave in Eugene of all places

BTTT


7 posted on 07/11/2008 6:00:11 AM PDT by Unicorn (Too many wimps around.)
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To: grundle
The findings ran from the political to the salacious.

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Michael L. Manzo, 39, former chief of staff to Majority Leader Bill DeWeese. Mr. Manzo is accused of conspiracy in connection with the bonus scandal, engineering ballot challenges using state workers and hiding a girlfriend on the state payroll in a phony state office above a cigar store on Pittsburgh's South Side.

I guess this is the "salacious" part.
8 posted on 07/11/2008 6:06:57 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Rush on McCain: "We're so screwed.")
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To: grundle; RedRover; jazusamo; xzins; Girlene; freema; darrylsharratt; Shelayne; Lancey Howard; ...
Just a note to point you all to a story detailing the reason we in PA have scumbags like Murtha in office: Over on this side of the state, Philly member of the State Senate Vince Fumo is under federal indictment for corruption, so the DemocRats really have us blanketed.
9 posted on 07/11/2008 6:19:21 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Entrepreneur

Yeah - he hardly used the word at all.


10 posted on 07/11/2008 6:32:11 AM PDT by grundle
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To: weegee

Right now major parties only need 2,000 signatures to get on the ballot, but third parties need 67,000.


11 posted on 07/11/2008 6:32:49 AM PDT by grundle
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To: brityank

We shouldn’t forget to give a very special “Thank You” to that marvelous Independent (LOL) friend of the PA taxpayer, Russ Diamond, the front man for the Democrats to take over the legislature in ‘06 by ginning up all that anger over the umpteenth midnight payraise so that his buddies could get control in order to really rip us off. Prior to that we only had the usual day-to-day pilfering by both sides of the aisle like $ 1000/mo car leases, etc.


12 posted on 07/11/2008 7:06:37 AM PDT by penowa
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To: penowa

If I recall, it wasn’t so much the anger over the pay-raise itself but the nefarious way in which they ‘stole’ the increase before they were legally allowed then LIED about it. Us common folk get thrown in jail for that; they get a pass? Not from this voter!


13 posted on 07/11/2008 7:20:37 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: brityank

Excellent idea - toss the petty crooks and install the felonious ones. You’re not the only one who fell for it.


14 posted on 07/11/2008 7:27:34 AM PDT by penowa
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To: Tribune7

This is no doubt just the tip of the iceberg. Too bad this is probably as far as it will go.


15 posted on 07/11/2008 7:28:32 AM PDT by Dasaji (The U.S.A. is the Land of Opportunity and you've got 50 states to do it in!)
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To: grundle

A Democrat lying and stealing?

Who would ever have thunk it?

After all, the Democrats are for the “little guy”.

Must be a Republican dirty trick!


16 posted on 07/11/2008 7:31:57 AM PDT by sport
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To: brityank
The AG is a Republican. There is no doubt in the world that if the AG was a rat, there wouldn't have been any indictments. Heck, there wouldn't have been any investigation of this brazen corruption at all. I have lived in the Philly area my whole life and trust me, this is just the tip of the iceberg. But at least it's something.
17 posted on 07/11/2008 8:08:20 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Yeah I know; but why is it always one step forward, two steps back when it comes to our governments activities? I used to be pessimistic, but then found out I was too optimistic!


18 posted on 07/11/2008 8:25:18 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Lancey Howard

He is going to go after Republicans too. They are all being investigated.


19 posted on 07/11/2008 9:03:18 AM PDT by merry10
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To: brityank

I’ve been mad for a long time about pols and bureaucrats and their sense of entitlement to public funds.

Lately it’s been like a waterfall of corruption. Every day I seem to come across DOZENS of articles pols and bureaucrats stealing money, abusing credit cards, doing inside deals to enrich themselves, etc.

It’s to the point that I wish there were a place on FR where we could post each day’s stories from around the country about public corruption. Er...make that around the world...the U.N. deserves its share of attention.

Is it just me or do you think the populace at large is beginning to catch on?


20 posted on 07/11/2008 1:35:02 PM PDT by Timeout (The Brits have their royal family. We have our privileged "public servant" class.)
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To: brityank

I’ve been mad for a long time about pols and bureaucrats and their sense of entitlement to public funds.

Lately it’s been like a waterfall of corruption. Every day I seem to come across DOZENS of articles pols and bureaucrats stealing money, abusing credit cards, doing inside deals to enrich themselves, etc.

It’s to the point that I wish there were a place on FR where we could post each day’s stories from around the country about public corruption. Er...make that around the world...the U.N. deserves its share of attention.

Is it just me or do you think the populace at large is beginning to catch on?


21 posted on 07/11/2008 1:35:15 PM PDT by Timeout (The Brits have their royal family. We have our privileged "public servant" class.)
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To: Dasaji

The only thing more worthless than a Pennsylvania Republican state rep is a Pennsylvania Democrat state rep.


22 posted on 07/11/2008 3:35:52 PM PDT by Tribune7 (How is inflicting pain and death on an innocent, helpless human being for profit, moral?)
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To: brityank

We sure have one hell of a lot of criminals running this state at all levels.


23 posted on 07/11/2008 5:10:47 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice...Now we are left with a bunch of idiots.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; brityank
Cigars?! Not quite the same thing as smokin' a pig, but I guess it's close enough.
24 posted on 07/11/2008 5:18:15 PM PDT by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: Tribune7

Well said. : )


25 posted on 07/11/2008 11:11:19 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (The game is over "my friends" and has been for a long time.)
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To: brityank

It didn’t take me long after working in the Philadelphia government, to see them all exactly for what they are. It’s a culture of corruption, but none of them is going to expose it for what it is. They like the easy money too much.


26 posted on 07/11/2008 11:15:34 PM PDT by TAdams8591 (The game is over "my friends" and has been for a long time.)
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To: TAdams8591; Tribune7; Lancey Howard
It’s a culture of corruption, but none of them is going to expose it for what it is. They like the easy money too much.

When I moved down here I tried to get a valid answer to why Pennsylvania is called a Commonwealth instead of a State (along with Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Virginia). In every description that dictionaries give, commonweal, the public good, the public welfare are all considered archaic definitions. Not so, at least in this state -- our "Public Servants" are emboldened by the fact that our Common Wealth is there for their sole use and dispensation, after they've taken care of their own (and friends) needs and especially their wants.

I think I lost my respect for 'authority' in High School, and have seen nothing since to regain it, although there are many who valiantly try.

27 posted on 07/12/2008 8:42:45 AM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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