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Reps. Bachmann, King allege fraud in black farmers settlement
The Hill ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kevin Bogardus

Posted on 09/29/2010 1:06:03 PM PDT by jazusamo

House Republicans on Wednesday charged that a multibillion-dollar settlement with black farmers supported by the Obama administration was rife with fraud.

At a press conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) alleged that a $1.25 billion Agriculture Department settlement to resolve discrimination claims included individuals who were never farmers.

Bachmann said the discrimination claim process was subject to "massive and widespread fraud and abuse." King also said he believes the Obama administration has ignored the fraud allegations surrounding the settlement.

"I think they have turned a blind eye to the fraud and corruption here," King said.

The GOP lawmakers called on Attorney General Eric Holder to start an investigation into the settlement's claimants to ensure they are genuine. In addition, they asked congressional leaders not to sign off on new appropriations for the settlement.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack "should put the brakes on this. He should not be asking the Congress to sweep money into this," Goodlatte said.

Congress has to appropriate the funds to pay the settlement claims. The House passed a measure to do so this past summer, but it has hit gridlock in the Senate.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has tried several times to secure a vote on the settlement funds — the last time being before the August recess — only to be blocked by Republicans who cited concerns over adding to the national deficit as well as procedural complaints.

At issue is a longstanding lawsuit, known as Pigford I, brought by black farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The class-action suit said the USDA discriminated against black farmers by not providing them with loans and grants that were given to white applicants.

USDA settled that case in 1999. The department reached a new settlement in 2010, known as Pigford II, to resolve claims by late filers to the original settlement.

John Boyd Jr., president of the National Black Farmers Association, has been driving his tractor to the Capitol this month to protest the delay in the settlement. He has called on the Senate to approve the funds.

“These are real people whose lives were impacted by discrimination,” Boyd said in a statement Wednesday.

Vilsack on Wednesday urged Congress to pass the settlement funding before adjourning, saying the black farmers “should not need to wait a day longer” to be compensated.

“Black farmers throughout the country unfortunately faced discrimination in past decades when trying to obtain services from USDA. This discrimination is well-documented, the courts have affirmed this discrimination and Congress has twice acknowledged the need to settle with those who have suffered from this discrimination,” Vilsack said in a statement.

“While members of Congress have noted the bipartisan support for this legislation, it is time for Congress to turn their support into action and fund the settlement agreement once and for all,” Vilsack said.

President Obama has also called on Congress to take action on the funding request, and the USDA has been working to have the money appropriated.

“It is a fair settlement. It is a just settlement. We think it’s important for Congress to fund that settlement. We’re going to continue to make it a priority,” Obama said on Sept. 10.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bachmann; blackfarmers; goodlatte; holder; king; lackfarmers; obama; pigford2
This is a huge boondoggle. Hopefully Bachmann, King and Goodlatte can stop funding until the fraud is investigated.

More info:

Lawyers, 'Black Farmers' Shake Down Taxpayers

1 posted on 09/29/2010 1:06:05 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

It’s called Reparations.


2 posted on 09/29/2010 1:07:52 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: jazusamo
Bachmann said the discrimination claim process was subject to "massive and widespread fraud and abuse." King also said he believes the Obama administration has ignored the fraud allegations surrounding the settlement.

What else is new?

3 posted on 09/29/2010 1:10:27 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (demonicRATS= Obama's Mosque, taxes, painful death. Is this what you want?)
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To: jazusamo
Statement: "Reps. Bachmann, King allege fraud in black farmers settlement"

Response: No not fraud but wealth transfer.(Some have said reparations and I won't argue against that opinion.)

4 posted on 09/29/2010 1:12:47 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: jazusamo

Wasn’t this case one of the ones worked on by that woman who Vilsack fired, believing that she was racist? Based on past lawsuits she was involved with, she probably got a settlement here too. Can anyone help me here?


5 posted on 09/29/2010 1:13:13 PM PDT by Sam Clements
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To: jazusamo; onyx; maggief; STARWISE; penelopesire; Liz
Oh Sharron, where are you Sharon? fraud in black farmers settlement

AB's revenge?

6 posted on 09/29/2010 1:13:39 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

Fraud is genetically impossible to commit in this case.


7 posted on 09/29/2010 1:17:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Sam Clements

There is a woman who worked on this lawsuit who along with her husband got a big settlement, it really stank. I can’t remember her name, it may be covered in the article I linked or maybe it was another I read.


8 posted on 09/29/2010 1:21:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Where’s the picture of our little ‘racist’ blackboy screaming ‘that’s racist!’ ?

King and bachmann are obviously racist. To even question this is beyond the pale.


9 posted on 09/29/2010 1:21:50 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Extremism in defense of Liberty is sometimes necessary...)
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To: Sam Clements; hoosiermama

You mean Shirley Sherrod.

The one that was recounting her past to the NAACP.


10 posted on 09/29/2010 1:25:06 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2; Sam Clements; hoosiermama
Thanks! That's her.

$13 million settlement for USDA-er Shirley Sherrod’s group

11 posted on 09/29/2010 1:31:51 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: UCANSEE2; Sam Clements
You mean Shirley Sherrod.
Spot on!
Real Sherrod Story Still Untold
12 posted on 09/29/2010 1:32:21 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: hoosiermama

AB’s revenge?


13 posted on 09/29/2010 1:39:46 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: jazusamo

Daryl Issa had better be one busy son of a gun soon.


14 posted on 09/29/2010 1:43:50 PM PDT by muddler (Diligentia, Vis and Celeritas)
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To: onyx

Investigate and prosecute. Man I would love to see Shirly Sherrod’s big mouth land her in the slammer along with the curruptocrats in the administration. I can dream can’t I?


15 posted on 09/29/2010 1:45:56 PM PDT by marlon ("They talk about me like a dog" Barack Obama)
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To: jazusamo
Did you hear?

Blacks can't commit fraud, racism, voter intimidation, or tax evasion.

It's just all filed under "social justice" now.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

16 posted on 09/29/2010 1:55:49 PM PDT by The Comedian (Guns, Gold, Food - The guy with the guns ends up with all the gold and food.)
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To: onyx

Andrew Breibart....He wasn’t going after Shirley just the NAACP. But she goes after him...If Bachman and King are able to prove fraud, she’s the loser in it all. She should have kept her mouth shut while she was a head.


17 posted on 09/29/2010 1:57:55 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: The Comedian

In Holder’s Injustice Dept you’re exactly right!


18 posted on 09/29/2010 2:02:34 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Ignored it...??

Obama WAS ON THE TEAM (before he was president)


19 posted on 09/29/2010 2:03:05 PM PDT by Mr. K (GO! PALADINO FOR GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK!)
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To: marlon

Me too. I’d like this entire rip-off scheme exposed and stopped before it’s funded.


20 posted on 09/29/2010 2:06:29 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: hoosiermama

Okay, thanks. Too many initials for me to remember...lol.

I so want this entire scheme exposed. King and Bachmann are the ones to do it.


21 posted on 09/29/2010 2:08:08 PM PDT by onyx (If you support Sarah and want on her Ping List, let me know!)
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To: jazusamo

Let the Impeachment begin.


22 posted on 09/29/2010 2:11:04 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead (Take back our country on November 2, 2010. Let's Roll!!!)
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To: onyx

You betcha, and hopefully after November they’ll be joined by more to help them.


23 posted on 09/29/2010 2:14:28 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: jazusamo

Steve King is awesome! I’m an Iowan and hear more of what he says (talk radio) than most. He’s perfect for higher office. Draft King?...:)


24 posted on 09/29/2010 2:45:02 PM PDT by callthemlikeyouseethem (Biden10/19/08: "I probably shouldn't have said all this because.. the press is here")
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To: jazusamo

1. Black

2. Sue based upon “discrimination” or “disparate treatment”

3. Hit the lottery.

What a deal. Can I get in on it? I’m not black and not a farmer, but aspired to be a black farmer when I grew up but was held back by circumstances beyond my control.

Where’s my millions?


25 posted on 09/29/2010 2:48:46 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: jazusamo

Hope the new Republican House will file a bill to “claw” this money back and call for imprisoning the gangsters.

We’ll see if they have the guts to do so.


26 posted on 09/29/2010 2:50:32 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: callthemlikeyouseethem

Steve King has been doing good things as has Bachmann, we need many more like them.


27 posted on 09/29/2010 2:53:13 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: SharpRightTurn

I’m for that! Shut down the payments and investigate the fraud.


28 posted on 09/29/2010 2:54:39 PM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Holder will investigate when hell freezes over.


29 posted on 09/29/2010 4:18:54 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: jazusamo
from related article in Daily Caller:

Steve King of Iowa, and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, want to know how it is that over 94,000 black farmers have sought reparations for discrimination, when data show that there are only 33,000 black farmers in the United States?

...Bachmann, King, and Goodlatte spoke to reporters on Wednesday, voicing their concerns and highlighting the contentions of unnamed whistle blowers who have approached them, many of whom estimate that around 80% of the claims filed have been fraudulent

link

30 posted on 09/30/2010 4:49:22 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: jazusamo

Looting the treasury and killing the golden goose. Obama and pals need a human genome upgrade.


31 posted on 09/30/2010 4:55:51 AM PDT by hershey
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To: jazusamo

Andrew Breitbart substituted for Michael Savage yesterday and had Michelle Bachman on talking exactly about this fraud.

One of the few REAL journalists giving this story prominence.


32 posted on 09/30/2010 6:54:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Andrew Breitbart substituted for Michael Savage yesterday and had Michelle Bachman on talking exactly about this fraud.

Any audio of this out there? I'd very much like to hear it, but am having no luck finding anything.
33 posted on 09/30/2010 8:14:15 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: subterfuge

No it is a payoff, which is a fraud against the taxpayers and a crime when you have an AG who is not owned by the claimants.
This is the third world folks...coming to you in your American town thanks to Obama and Soros.


34 posted on 09/30/2010 8:37:19 AM PDT by colonialhk (Elect Veterans not Lawyers)
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To: opentalk

Thanks for the link.


35 posted on 09/30/2010 9:14:20 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bump!


36 posted on 09/30/2010 9:15:44 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: LearsFool

RE: Any audio of this out there? I’d very much like to hear it, but am having no luck finding anything.


Michael Savage’s shows are archived on his website. Unfortunately, you have to be a subscriber to access the archive.

The VIDEO of Michele Bachman’s press conference where she essentially said the same things she said on Breitbart’s program ( as sub for Michael Savage ) is here :

http://www.breitbart.tv/press-conference-reps-bachmann-king-allege-fraud-in-black-farmers-settlement/


37 posted on 09/30/2010 9:55:49 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank you for the link!


38 posted on 09/30/2010 10:11:11 AM PDT by LearsFool ("Thou shouldst not have been old, till thou hadst been wise.")
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To: callthemlikeyouseethem

2010 would have been the perfect year for Sen. Grassley to retire and for Steve King to run to replace him; no Democrat could beat King statewide this year. Alas, there won’t be another Senate race in IA until Harkin’s seat is up in 2014. Of course, King could make a terrific VP candidate in 2012, being a poised, articulate 100% conservative with plentiful experience and a Catholic from the swingiest state (Iowa) in the swingiest region (the Upper Midwest) in America.


39 posted on 09/30/2010 11:03:32 AM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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