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McDermott backs $250,000 federal earmark for Seattle's elite Rainier Club
Seattle Times ^ | June 22, 2009 | Lewis Kamb and David Heath

Posted on 06/22/2009 9:30:31 AM PDT by jazusamo

Among more than 100 local projects for which U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott recently sought funding earmarks in the coming federal budget are a new cancer-research program, municipal road projects and a law-enforcement initiative to combat gang violence.

Also included on the Seattle Democrat's 2010 appropriations wish list is a relatively modest — but curious — appeal:

A $250,000 request to fund a "window repair and limestone sill replacement" at The Rainier Club — one of Seattle's premier private clubs, whose members include some of the city's most well-heeled and politically connected residents.

McDermott's request on behalf of The Rainier Club would match the $250,000 raised by club members to cover renovations at the club's 105-year-old brick building on Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle.

The club — which provides wood-paneled dining halls, a health and fitness club, a library and private bedrooms where members can stay overnight — has about 1,200 members who pay $191 per month in membership dues, said Michael Troyer, the club's chief operating officer.

A McDermott aide, who said Friday the congressman was on a flight to Seattle and unavailable for comment, called the private club's request "a fair project to submit for funding" that had nothing to do with political back-scratching.

"They made the case that it's a historic building in our home city, and they had tried to raise the money themselves but fell short," Mike DeCesare said. "It was a significant argument."

Representatives for the club said Friday the need for renovations is real and immediate. Limestone window sills are eroding, causing water seepage and damaging structural timbers for the part of the historic building that dates to 1904.

But after more than a year of fundraising, the club has gathered only half the $500,000 needed to cover repairs, Troyer said.

(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: 111th; baghdadjim; earmarks; ethics; federalspending; liz; mcdermott; paytoplay; pork

1 posted on 06/22/2009 9:30:31 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: sionnsar

WA Ping!


2 posted on 06/22/2009 9:32:06 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

NO PUBLIC MONEY FOR A PRIVATE CLUB! They really are bold, aren’t they?


3 posted on 06/22/2009 9:33:12 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: RebelTXRose

It’s outrageous.

The Rats and Zer0 are mortgaging our grandchildrens future and Baghdad Jim wants a quarter million for a private club.


4 posted on 06/22/2009 9:36:20 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott is a legendary corruptocrat sc*mbag.


5 posted on 06/22/2009 9:38:08 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: jazusamo
But after more than a year of fundraising, the club has gathered only half the $500,000 needed to cover repairs, Troyer said.

Then it's time to pass the hat again among the well-heeled and politically-connected members. And maybe consider the renaming the place "The Skinflint's Club."

6 posted on 06/22/2009 9:38:57 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: jazusamo
Recall McDermott is the one the infamous Liz works for.
7 posted on 06/22/2009 9:44:17 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DuncanWaring

That’s correct, he and his ‘secretary’ are a real pair to draw to.


8 posted on 06/22/2009 9:46:36 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

McNumbNuts is a loon!


9 posted on 06/22/2009 9:46:36 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: jazusamo

ping


10 posted on 06/22/2009 9:47:22 AM PDT by ocr1 (commies love conrete)
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To: jazusamo
Seems like their $191 a month membership fee is too low to maintain such a large building; maybe they need a smaller one.


11 posted on 06/22/2009 9:49:03 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: jazusamo
A McDermott aide, who said Friday the congressman was on a flight to Seattle and unavailable for comment, called the private club's request "a fair project to submit for funding" that had nothing to do with political back-scratching.

I wonder how he would describe an unfair project? Lower taxes for the masses, less government,term limits?

12 posted on 06/22/2009 9:49:21 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: jazusamo

Uh, why should the public fund a private club they aren’t allowed admittance to?

I also want to know by leaking this story, the lefties are still promoting class envy.


13 posted on 06/22/2009 9:49:49 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: jazusamo
“the private club's request “a fair project to submit for funding” that had nothing to do with political back-scratching.”

This is the height of arrogance and corruption. Funding operating costs for a private club while at the same time laying off teachers and other needed public workers.

How can this be justified on any basis other than outright theft/diversion of public funds for private purposes. Why is this not being challenged?

14 posted on 06/22/2009 9:50:15 AM PDT by TCats
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To: Southside_Chicago_Republican; jazusamo

All they would have to do is admit 109 new members and they would have the $250,000 in one year.


15 posted on 06/22/2009 9:51:59 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: jazusamo

Would the private club then be open to all tax-payers?


16 posted on 06/22/2009 9:52:57 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

I believe we know the answer without contacting them.


17 posted on 06/22/2009 9:55:48 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Pictures always help:

Welcome to The Rainier Club!

18 posted on 06/22/2009 9:56:38 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

I wouldn’t hold my breath.


19 posted on 06/22/2009 9:57:53 AM PDT by T Lady (The MSM: Pravda West)
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To: Redbob; TexasCajun

Thanks to you both for the pics!


20 posted on 06/22/2009 9:59:33 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
... has about 1,200 members who pay $191 per month in membership dues...

I make that about $2.75 million per year in dues. I'd guess they take in a bunch more for booze. I would also hazard a guess that $191/mo is sofa cushion change for the members. And yet we the taxpayers are expected to foot the bill to repair a joint they wouldn't even let us in!!!

21 posted on 06/22/2009 10:00:04 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Nepolean fries the idea powder)
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To: jazusamo

Hey McDermott, did you ever pay that $1000,000 that the judge ordered you to pay for the illegal tape recording of a private conversation?


22 posted on 06/22/2009 10:01:58 AM PDT by Gator113 (I live in "one of the largest Muslim countries in the world." Imam Obama told me so.)
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To: wideminded

Right. And I’m sure with the skills and means that must exist among the current membership, they could come up with all kinds of ways to raise the money without having to go on their own particularly pernicious form of the dole. But it looks like the welfare state mentality has caught on and created shiftlessness even among the rich.


23 posted on 06/22/2009 10:06:39 AM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican ("During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." --Orwell)
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To: jazusamo

Let’s call LIZ and see what she has to say about this!!


24 posted on 06/22/2009 10:10:56 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: DuncanWaring

Phones should be ringing off the hook in Liz’s office to complain. And don’t forget to call her Liz.

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=76&sid=179654

Politics is a strange world. A world of unfathomable ego, arrogance, and selfishness. Rarely has that been so clearly displayed than it was this week in a Politico story about Congressman Jim McDermott’s scheduler/office manager Elizabeth Becton.

I have always found Jim McDermott to be one of the most arrogant politicians I’ve ever met. It is clear that attitude permeates his DC office.

A PR rep tried to schedule a meeting with her client and McDermott. But she made the unforgivable mistake of calling Becton “Liz”. The unbelievable e-mail exchange follows.

From: XXX
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2009 11:38 AM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: JPMC Meeting Request

Elizabeth,

Attached is a meeting request for JP Morgan Chase who will be in DC June 3rd-4th and would like to request a brief meeting with the Congressman.

Let me know if you need any additional information.

Thank you!

Best,
XXX

________________________________

From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:05 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Hi Liz,

just checking in on whether the Congressman is available next week. [REDACTED] can confirm a meeting time for you - she is available at [REDACTED].

Thank you!

Best,
XXX

________________________________

From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:07 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request
Importance: High

Who is Liz?

Elizabeth Becton
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Office of Congressman Jim McDermott
XXXX Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
XXX phone
XXX fax
________________________________

From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:07 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Hi Elizabeth, I thought you went by Liz - apologies if that is incorrect. Best, XXX

________________________________

From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:08 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

I do not go by Liz. Where did you get your information?
________________________________

Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:10 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Hi Elizabeth, I’m so sorry if I offended you! I thought you had gone by Liz at Potlatch, this was my mistake. Best, XXX

________________________________
From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:11 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

NEVER. I hate that name.

________________________________

From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:13 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Hi Elizabeth, I’m so sorry if I offended you! I must have mis-heard. My mistake! Best, XX

________________________________

From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:20 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request
Importance: High

XXX:

If I wanted you to call me by any other name, I would have offered that to you. I think it’s rude when people don’t even ask permission and take all sorts of liberties with your name. This is a real sore spot with me. My name has a lot of “nicknames” which I don’t use. I use either my first name or my last name because I row with a lot of other women who share the same first name. Now, please do not ever call me by a nickname again.

As for your meeting request, who is the point of contact for this meeting? If it’s not you, then I need to know who because it’s very time-consuming to deal with a lot of people for one meeting.

Thanks,

________________________________

From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:23 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Hi Elizabeth, I’m so sorry I offended you! My mistake!

XXX can confirm a meeting time for you - she is available at XXX XXXX.

Thank you!

Best, XXX

________________________________
[UNRELATED EMAILS REDACTED]

From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:33 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Of course! Again, I am sincerely sorry for offending you. I must have mis-heard and it was in no way my intention to make you upset. I always enjoy working with you and seeing you at the WSS events J

Best,
XXX

________________________________

From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:37 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Sounds like you got played by someone who KNOWS I hate that name and that it’s a fast way to TICK me off. Who told you that I go by that name? They are not your friend...

________________________________

From: XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:38 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Hi Elizabeth,

Again, I am sincerely sorry for offending you. I don’t want to cause trouble as I clearly must have mis-heard the person at Potlatch. It was in no way my intention to make you upset.

Best,
XXX

________________________________

From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:41 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request
Importance: High

I REALLY want to know who told you to call me that.

________________________________

From:XXX
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:44 PM
To: Becton, Elizabeth
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Hi Elizabeth,
Again, I am sincerely sorry for offending you. I don’t recall who I overheard. It was in no way my intention to make you upset.
Best,
XXX

________________________________
From: Becton, Elizabeth
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:04 PM
To: XXX
Subject: RE: JPMC Meeting Request

Let me put it this way, they don’t know me and perhaps they were PRETENDING to know me better than they do and pretended that I go by Liz. They did YOU a disservice.

In the future, you should be VERY careful about such things. People like to brag about their connections in DC. It’s a past time for some. It’s also dangerous to eaves drop, as you have just found out.

Quit apologizing and never call me anything but Elizabeth again. Also, make sure you correct anyone who attempts to call me by any other name but Elizabeth. Are we clear on this? Like I said, it’s a hot button for me.

And please don’t call the office and not leave a message. My colleague told me you called while I was away at the Ladies’ room. I do sometimes leave my desk.


25 posted on 06/22/2009 10:11:10 AM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Ann Archy; NavyCanDo
Let’s call LIZ and see what she has to say about this!!

Will do! :-)

Thanks for the link, NCD.

26 posted on 06/22/2009 10:14:47 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
From the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party,
Nov 2, 2005: "Statement from [Democrat] Jim McDermott, U.S. Congressman from Washington To participants in the World Can't Wait actions today":
(rwor.org is the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party)
http://rwor.org/a/024/more-voices-from-november-2.htm
__________________________________________________

FYI: World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime is a Maoist- revolutionary movement initiated and controlled by the Revolutionary Communist Party
(scroll down the list that appears to find the World Can't Wait organization --again, rwor.org is the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party) :
http://rwor.org/a/rwlink/links.htm
__________________________________________________

From David Horowitz's
FrontpageMag.com /DiscoverTheNetworks.org:

Profile: World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime (WCW)

*Revolutionary communist movement that stages protests against the Bush administration

*Organizes college and high-school students

*Founded in June 2005 by Charles Clark Kissinger, a longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7213

27 posted on 06/22/2009 10:56:35 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: jazusamo
The RCP calls for the armed overthrow of the U.S. government...

From the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party (revcom.us or rwor.org) :

"Create Public Opinion, Seize Power: We are preparing minds and organizing forces for the time when there is a major crack in the system, whenever it comes and wherever it comes from: an opening that makes it possible to bring the future Revolutionary Army of the Proletariat (R.A.P.) into the field and wage a revolutionary armed struggle that actually has a chance of winning.

And we have said that building our party itself is the most important part of organizing forces for revolution. This is true now, and it is true looking forward to the creation of that future R.A.P. and the waging of that armed struggle.":

http://revcom.us/a/v20/1000-1009/1000/barw.htm

28 posted on 06/22/2009 11:00:27 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Thanks for the posts. Wouldn’t surprize me if Baghdad Jim is a card carrying member of the Communist Party.


29 posted on 06/22/2009 11:41:38 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

World Can’t Wait is a Revolutionary Communist Party front organization. The RCP is not a legitimate political party. Communist Party, USA (CPUSA), which is a recognized political party, seems to attract communists of a slightly different odor. I’ve noticed very few people who team-up with both. CPUSA’s main front group is United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ). Workers World Party, another legal political party here in the U.S., has their “anti-war” fronts as well: A.N.S.W.E.R., Troops Out Now, F.I.S.T., International Action Center, etc.


30 posted on 06/22/2009 11:53:04 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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31 posted on 06/22/2009 11:57:52 AM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|"AlsoSprachTelethustra"-NonValueAdded|Lk21:36|FireTheLiar)
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To: jazusamo

bump


32 posted on 06/22/2009 12:37:57 PM PDT by lowbridge (It's not that liberals are ignorant, it's that they know so much that isn't so - Ronald Reagan)
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To: jazusamo

Maybe they should raise their monthly rates to cover the difference.


33 posted on 06/22/2009 12:39:13 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (There once was a dream called, "Hippy Beat Down." The mere whisper of if caused cops to cry.")
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To: TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig

You’re right, that’s exactly what they should do.


34 posted on 06/22/2009 1:14:28 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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