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Michele Bachmannís record: Earmarks, farm subsidies and pardons?
dailycaller ^ | May 15, 2011 | Matt Lewis

Posted on 06/16/2011 7:51:23 PM PDT by RED SOUTH

Bachmann may also be plagued by her involvement in a controversial pardon. In 2007, Bachmann wrote a letter requesting a presidential pardon for a convicted drug-smuggler and money-launderer named Frank Vennes. Vennes was convicted of money laundering in 1988 and pleaded no contest to a cocaine and weapons charge. Making matters worse, he and his wife donated a total of $27,600 to Bachmann’s 2006 and 2008 election.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bachmann; bachmann4romney; cultofpalin; dailycaller; elections; frankvennes; hitjob; nobodyexceptsarah; obama; palin; romneywhore; trashingmichele; vennes
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1 posted on 06/16/2011 7:51:26 PM PDT by RED SOUTH
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To: RED SOUTH
Bachmann’s penchant for earmarks dates back to her days in the Minnesota state Senate. Despite her reputation as a fiscal conservative, from 2001-2006, then-state Senator Bachmann proposed more than $60 million in earmarks, including a $710,000 “Bond For Centerville Local Improvements Around Highway 14″ and a $40,000,000 “Bond for Lino Lakes And Columbus Township Highway Interchanges.”
2 posted on 06/16/2011 7:52:09 PM PDT by RED SOUTH (Follow me on twitter @redsouth72)
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To: RED SOUTH

Wonder what family member had property around those areas.


3 posted on 06/16/2011 7:53:31 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: RED SOUTH

So, I guess everyone’s got a blemish on the old record. Kinda like original sin.

Or, maybe there is someone out there qualified to cast that first stone. I just don’t know about it.


4 posted on 06/16/2011 7:56:27 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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>> and pleaded no contest to a cocaine and weapons charge.

Razor blade?


5 posted on 06/16/2011 7:56:48 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: RED SOUTH

She might have seen the light after her stint as State Senator. What has her earmark record been since being elected to Congress?

I read somewhere that even the Libertarian Ron Paul made earmarks for his own constituents.

I don’t mind someone’s record in the distant past. If I can overlook Ronald Reagan’s signing of a disastrous abortion bill in California ( and increasing taxe higher than his predecessor ) during his first term as governor, maybe I can overlook her past if her most recent record is different.


6 posted on 06/16/2011 7:57:13 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: RED SOUTH

Bachmann is in one week, the dirt starts surfacing.

Palin has been putting up with this for 2 1/2 years. Still nothing.


7 posted on 06/16/2011 7:57:58 PM PDT by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: gov_bean_ counter; RED SOUTH
Just because Bachmann ran to get in front of the Tea Party movement doesn't mean that she needs to be tag teamed by McCain supporters.

Besides Ron Paul has quite a few warts too.

Willard is PnG here at FR.

etc.

8 posted on 06/16/2011 7:59:54 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RED SOUTH

Wow Brutha! You relly got a hair up your ass for MB!!


9 posted on 06/16/2011 8:02:47 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: RED SOUTH

And so it begins.
Sad


10 posted on 06/16/2011 8:03:56 PM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: bossmechanic

Wow another Bachman hit piece. She looked out for her distict. Tut tut.


11 posted on 06/16/2011 8:05:51 PM PDT by sitkaspruce
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To: RED SOUTH
RED SOUTH you need to get a life. You could not be more wrong about Bachmann. She is one of the most conservative members of congress. I am not sure what your problem is, and I don't understand why you would be spending so much time posting all the posts about her when she is more conservative than all the candidates.
12 posted on 06/16/2011 8:07:43 PM PDT by HwyChile
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To: RED SOUTH
RED SOUTH you need to get a life. You could not be more wrong about Bachmann. She is one of the most conservative members of congress. I am not sure what your problem is, and I don't understand why you would be spending so much time posting all the posts about her when she is more conservative than all the candidates.
13 posted on 06/16/2011 8:07:48 PM PDT by HwyChile
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To: Bryan24

she’s probably not going to be my candidate, but I still respect Bachmann, and really pissed at people on our side trying to knock her down. If she is the nominee I would donate, volunteer, and vote to get her to the White House.


14 posted on 06/16/2011 8:10:50 PM PDT by ilgipper ( political rhetoric is no substitute for competence (Thomas Sowell))
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To: RED SOUTH
What will you do when Palin decides not to run and it's down to Romney, Pawlenty, or Bachmann?
15 posted on 06/16/2011 8:13:33 PM PDT by jpf (phillies)
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To: Paladin2
Besides Ron Paul has quite a few warts too.

I'm sure you can support Bachmann without having to hit Paul.
16 posted on 06/16/2011 8:13:43 PM PDT by andyk (Interstate <> Intrastate)
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To: RED SOUTH

Gee, this article is a month old.

What’s next, RED SOUTH, a vanity post about how Michelle Bachmann beats her children?


17 posted on 06/16/2011 8:14:39 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: RED SOUTH

“...$40,000,000 “Bond for Lino Lakes And Columbus Township Highway Interchanges.”

Roads do need to be built. Is this outside the normally accepted procedure ?


18 posted on 06/16/2011 8:17:59 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ron Paul is one of the worst for earmarks. He attaches earmarks to bills he is certain will pass and then votes against the bill. The bill passes, Paul’s constituents get their “free stuff” and Paul claims he voted against the earmarks.


19 posted on 06/16/2011 8:19:05 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: RED SOUTH

$10 per vote vs $50,000 per vote.


20 posted on 06/16/2011 8:19:35 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: andyk
It's an example of the thesis of this thread.

(Ron Paul is NOT going to be POTUS though.)

21 posted on 06/16/2011 8:20:26 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RED SOUTH
Just like Palin, Bachmann will likely have every aspect of her life under the microscope. It will be interesting to see is she holds up as well and comes out as squeaky clean as Palin.

Right now Bachmann is going through somewhat of a honeymoon with the RINOs and even the folks at MSNBC because they see her as a means of keeping Palin out of the race or slowing Palin down.

Once Michele's usefulness ends, it will be open season on her.

22 posted on 06/16/2011 8:25:00 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: Bryan24

Just wait, one of her foster kids will come out with some stories to toast her.


23 posted on 06/16/2011 8:26:00 PM PDT by jennychase
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To: RED SOUTH

The old divide and conquer theory in play. A little earlier I believe it was Santorum that the dirt was piled on. What Republican is up next?


24 posted on 06/16/2011 8:35:43 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: RED SOUTH

Thus beginneth the smear campaign against Bachman.

The leftists are just terrified of our women and will say/do anything to smear them. At this rate, we’ll only have Romney left by the convention and most of us don’t want him.

Whatever we do, DON’T LET THE DBM PICK OUR CANDIDATE AGAIN!!!!!!


25 posted on 06/16/2011 8:36:24 PM PDT by DustyMoment (Go green - recycle Congress in 2012!!)
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To: jennychase

wire hangers?


26 posted on 06/16/2011 8:38:33 PM PDT by Kansas58
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To: DustyMoment
“Whatever we do, DON’T LET THE DBM PICK OUR CANDIDATE AGAIN!!!!!!”

If the RINOs have their way, it will be Romney. If the media has its way, it will be Huntsman.

27 posted on 06/16/2011 8:40:17 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: RED SOUTH

The long knives have been unsheaved.

That being said, pushing for pardons in exchange for campaign donations is really a sign of a corrupt politician.


28 posted on 06/16/2011 8:41:19 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: bossmechanic

When someone is hooked up to the Muslim brotherhood it gets my attention.


29 posted on 06/16/2011 8:46:29 PM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: RED SOUTH

Unless you vote “present” like Obama, a member of Congress or a state legislator after prolonged debate will have votes that some will not agree with. And he/she will have company in making that decision such as members of the same party.

A governor on the other hand has to make decisions that only he/she can make - that’s why its called the executive branch. And sometimes those are made in response to an event, natural or manmade. A governor’s record would be a lot more representative of the type of person he/she would be as president. Michele may be very good at debating questions as she has had lots of practice in the state legislature and US House chambers, and she may be good in responding to district constituent concerns with legislation or earmarks. However, it’s not the same experience a governor has in singularly deciding questions and taking actions that directly affect the public across a state.


30 posted on 06/16/2011 8:47:08 PM PDT by CedarDave (Things are so bad at the NY Times they have to outsource their investigations.)
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To: RED SOUTH
What's the matter Red South, did your keyboard malfunction? Where is the obligatory statement that Bachmann is a Rove plant in font 6 letters?

You are to Bachmann what Pissant was to Palin. Pure hatred with a slice or two of unprovable conspiracy. Here we are recycling old news to get your slams in on a Conservative woman.

Bachmann stated on numerous interviews about the pardon. If you read closely to this hack article, you can see his true motives for bringing it up:

Some have questioned whether or not evangelical Christians like Bachmann may be naive when it comes to claims of redemption.

Do you subscribe to that form of bigotry towards her? Do her religious beliefs make her too naive to lead?


31 posted on 06/16/2011 8:47:38 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: RED SOUTH

Are you looking for a presidential candidate or someone to nominate to replace Jesus? I can guarantee that fault can be found with ANY candidate. Or is your intention to damage Bachman to make sure a RINO gets the nomination?


32 posted on 06/16/2011 8:48:54 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: RED SOUTH

And in the distance, I hear the faint roar of the trash-o-matic machine kicking in to higher gear.


33 posted on 06/16/2011 8:49:23 PM PDT by Noob1999
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To: PLMerite

Yes, if you’re a woman politician.


34 posted on 06/16/2011 8:52:01 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SeekAndFind

The problem isn’t earmarks, it’s spending.


35 posted on 06/16/2011 8:52:45 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: RED SOUTH

Let me know when she’s handing out needles to addicts and using money to build bike paths for her church.


36 posted on 06/16/2011 8:53:57 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: bwc2221

Since this Earmarks issue has come up, I have some links and quotes on this.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,508604,00.html
Ron Paul - “I have never voted for an earmark. I voted against all appropriation bills.”

“An earmark is a congressional provision that directs federal agencies to spend funds already authorized on specific projects.
If the funds aren’t earmarked, the agencies can spend the money any way they see fit.
That is, the executive branch, rather than Congress, will determine how the taxpayer’s money is spent.”

http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-11/ron-paul-on-earmarks/
“What is done is those earmarks are removed and some of them are very wasteful and unnecessary,
but that money then goes to the executive branch.”

“We’re supposed to tell the people how we’re spending the money.
Not to just deliver it in the lump sum to the executive branch and let them deal with it.”


37 posted on 06/16/2011 8:59:03 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: RED SOUTH

MAybe we need a Bachman truth file. We’ve got to burn this village down to save it.


38 posted on 06/16/2011 9:16:47 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: smoothsailing
What’s next, RED SOUTH, a vanity post about how Michelle Bachmann beats her children?

All 23 of her foster children!!!

39 posted on 06/16/2011 9:20:47 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: andyk
I'm sure you can support Bachmann without having to hit Paul.

Hit Paul? Hit is the least of it; we'll beat him like a rug, since he lies like one.

40 posted on 06/16/2011 9:21:25 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: truthfreedom
“The problem isn’t earmarks, it’s spending.”

If earmarks aren't spending, what are they?

41 posted on 06/16/2011 9:22:08 PM PDT by bwc2221
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To: bwc2221

Since this Earmarks issue has come up, I have some links and quotes on this.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,508604,00.html
Ron Paul - “I have never voted for an earmark. I voted against all appropriation bills.”

“An earmark is a congressional provision that directs federal agencies to spend funds already authorized on specific projects.
If the funds aren’t earmarked, the agencies can spend the money any way they see fit.
That is, the executive branch, rather than Congress, will determine how the taxpayer’s money is spent.”

http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-03-11/ron-paul-on-earmarks/
“What is done is those earmarks are removed and some of them are very wasteful and unnecessary,
but that money then goes to the executive branch.”

“We’re supposed to tell the people how we’re spending the money.
Not to just deliver it in the lump sum to the executive branch and let them deal with it.”


42 posted on 06/16/2011 9:26:28 PM PDT by truthfreedom
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To: jpf
"What will you do when Palin decides not to run and it's down to Romney, Pawlenty, or Bachmann?"

God help us! I'm afraid BO will get in again even if he doesn't want it. The field on our side scares me. Shades of Bob Dole all over again!

43 posted on 06/16/2011 10:19:15 PM PDT by hope
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To: RED SOUTH

The Willard bots are worried.


44 posted on 06/17/2011 12:20:51 AM PDT by org.whodat
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To: DustyMoment

If it’s down to Romney or Bachmann, it’s Romney in a walk.


45 posted on 06/17/2011 12:24:04 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: CedarDave

A member of the House makes 1/435th of half of a decision. A senator makes 1/100th of half of a decision. A mayor or governor often has to make the whole decision and take responsibility for it.

Very little responsibility attaches to a House members vote.


46 posted on 06/17/2011 12:33:10 AM PDT by excopconservative
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To: RED SOUTH

This is old news. She wrote a letter, later rescinded, nothing more. She didn’t kill anyone like Huckabee.


47 posted on 06/17/2011 12:42:43 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: hope
The field on our side scares me.

Did you view the debate this week?

48 posted on 06/17/2011 12:44:53 AM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Beats? Bachmann thrashes the grain on “her” farm.


49 posted on 06/17/2011 6:01:24 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: RED SOUTH

I figured the RATs would go after Bachmann once she announced, but didn’t think FR would jump in too. Btw this article is about a month old, not sure why you’re posting it now...


50 posted on 06/17/2011 7:12:56 AM PDT by ejdrapes (Go Michele!)
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