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Individual claiming connection to LightSquared makes 'questionable' contact to Grassley
Agri-Pulse.com ^ | Jan 23, 2012

Posted on 01/23/2012 1:40:12 PM PST by BAW

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today asked the principal behind the LightSquared 4G wireless project to explain a questionable contact to Grassley’s office that intimated benefits for Grassley if he softened his inquiry of government approval of the project.

Since last April, Grassley has been reviewing the Federal Communications Commission’s approval of the LightSquared project and the concerns of interference with the Global Positioning System.

According to a press release issued from Grassley’s office today, the Senator wrote to Philip Falcone of Harbinger Capital Partners, expressing concern that two separate incidents implied a desire to have Grassley “pull punches” in his investigation. Grassley said he “won’t be a part of that.” One contact came in an email from Falcone to Grassley’s office, saying that since LightSquared is already in the political “arena,” it could be made a “win” for Grassley, LightSquared, and the consumer.

The second contact was from someone who intimated that he represented LightSquared in a call to Grassley’s staff. The individual, Todd Ruelle, said he “only gets only if this deal goes through” and hinted that if LightSquared were allowed to proceed, Grassley’s home state of Iowa could get a “call center.” Grassley’s office advised Ruelle not to contact the office further and called the Senate ethics committee regarding the contact.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: falcone; grassley; ia; lightsquared
Screws tightening . . .
1 posted on 01/23/2012 1:40:20 PM PST by BAW
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To: BAW
When a politician goes to jail.....wake me up.

Otherwise..nothing is going to happen here.

2 posted on 01/23/2012 1:44:50 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: BAW

Bribing a Democrat is quite easy, so why shouldn’t they think EVERYONE can be bribed?

I can also see the FBI on the other end of the phone, too, trying to sting a Republican to take pressure off of Obama’s involvement in the deal.
They only need ONE to fall for it, for the equivalency argument.


3 posted on 01/23/2012 1:50:55 PM PST by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: BAW

One sure method of determining that there is no science or potential profit behind a technical undertaking is to see if democrats support it.

Glo-bull warming...check.
Ethanol............check.
EPA..............check.
Solar projects....check.
Chevy Volt.....check.
LightSquard....check.

Beginning to see a pattern there?


4 posted on 01/23/2012 2:00:05 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: BAW

Must be an Occupy-er or a DU-er to be dumb enough to think the offer of a “call center” would be enough to change Grassley’s mind!


5 posted on 01/23/2012 2:00:48 PM PST by bigbob
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To: BAW

The time for fooling around with these people is over.

DRAG THEM THROUGH THE LEGAL PROCESS UNTIL THEY END UP IN A CAGE.


6 posted on 01/23/2012 2:20:26 PM PST by struggle (http://killthegovernment.wordpress.com/)
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To: tcrlaf

” trying to sting a Republican”

Second thing that entered my mind. Also, I’m quite surprised there aren’t more comments. This seems quite important to me!


7 posted on 01/23/2012 2:20:57 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Da Coyote

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire?


8 posted on 01/23/2012 2:24:45 PM PST by txhurl
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To: BAW

Sen Grassley’s doing great work on his investigations; he’s been a lot of help to Issa in the House on the Gunwalker mess.


9 posted on 01/23/2012 2:25:51 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum has the Big Mo' right now in FL. /s)
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To: Osage Orange

>>>When a politician goes to jail.....wake me up.

What we have here is Senator Grassley reporting he was “solicited” that it would be ‘worthwhile’ for him to change his tune on LightSquared.


10 posted on 01/23/2012 2:28:42 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmit. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: tcrlaf

This is great, this at the same time as that RAT creep trying to frame our Sec. of State.


11 posted on 01/23/2012 2:31:23 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: BAW

http://twitter.com/#!/TRuelle1

Prior to starting Sonic, Mr. Ruelle held executive positions at Orion Satellite Corporation, Sprint International and MCI Telecommunications.


12 posted on 01/23/2012 2:31:31 PM PST by kcvl
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To: BAW

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13 posted on 01/23/2012 2:33:49 PM PST by WellyP (REAL)
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To: kcvl

On the other hand, it could be the DOJ in disguise.


14 posted on 01/23/2012 2:41:41 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Keith in Iowa
I know what "we" have....

Grassley...is just another "Poster Boy" for TERM LIMITS....

About as bad as Hatch, Collins, Graham, Lugar, McConnell, Snowe,.....etc.

And that's just the Pubbies off the top of my head.....

All the Dims need to be "limited"....IMO.

I'm beyond sick of all these ass-bites....

RANT OFF

15 posted on 01/23/2012 4:04:39 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
This is great, this at the same time as that RAT creep trying to frame our Sec. of State.

According to the Criminal Complaint, on June 24, 2011, Edwards fraudulently used, or attempted to use, the identity of Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz and/or Secretary Schultz’s brother, Thomas Schultz, with the intent to obtain a benefit, in an alleged scheme to falsely implicate Secretary Schultz in perceived illegal or unethical behavior while in office.

The RAT who tried to frame Schultz made the mistake of breaking a state law. If it was up to Holder, the RAT would be protected, as will the one who tried to frame Grassley, unless the crime involves Iowa authorities.

16 posted on 01/23/2012 4:29:51 PM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Fool me once, shame on you -- twice, shame on me -- 100 times, it's U. S. immigration policy.)
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To: newzjunkey
Grassley needs to investigate himself...and the Ethanol freaking BOONDOGGLE!!

Wait....Grassley was for it....before he was sort of against it. How Kerry like.......

I'm totally sick of these guys....making "laws, rules, regulations, mandates" on the rest of us.....while acting like rulers. And reaping off their "positions".

17 posted on 01/23/2012 4:35:12 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Osage Orange
Are you one of the Newt worshipers here on FR? He's is an ethanol supporter.

Grassley is an exceptional senator and totally honest. I'm never going to agree with everyone 100% of the time and neither is anyone else.

But I know on FR it's popular to be anti-ethanol but pro-Newt. That takes some compromising of one's principles.

18 posted on 01/23/2012 4:47:19 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
Not a "worshiper"....just a natural born citizen. : )

Grassley has been in D.C. since 1975!!! He's part of the problem, not part of the solution.......

Ethanol is a boondoggle....You know it's true, and I know it's true. I don't care who the politician is. I will say it to their face.

Are you willing to take back our country...or do you want to continue to run that wagon in the same ruts?

19 posted on 01/23/2012 5:03:11 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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To: Osage Orange
I will continue to always defend Chuck Grassley. This country has been blessed because Chuck Grassley has been in the senate.

Now, Harkin is a different matter. I apologize for that one, even if I have never voted for him.

20 posted on 01/23/2012 5:21:39 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
Okie dokie...........
21 posted on 01/23/2012 5:41:12 PM PST by Osage Orange (HE HATE ME)
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