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Linda Daschle's Lobbying Questioned
Newsmax.com ^ | July 11, 2002 | Car Limbacher

Posted on 07/11/2002 10:51:45 AM PDT by Paul Atreides

Conflict of interest questions are swirling around the wife of Senate Plurality Leader Tom Daschle, prompted by the top Democrat's demand Sunday that President Bush order the Securities and Exchange Commission to release its full investigative file on Bush's 1990 sale of Harken Energy stock.

Despite the call for full disclosure, the Daschles refuse to make their tax returns public, reports New York Post's Deborah Orin, including details on income earned from Mrs. Daschle's lobbying on behalf of a company that foisted defective bomb detecting scanners on the Federal Aviation Administration.

Apparently Mrs. Daschle is unconcerned that she may have jeopardized the safety of the flying public by pushing the faulty equipment, manufactured by her client L-3 International, even though she spent several years as a senior FAA official - and even ran the agency briefly during the 1990s.

"You can fuhgeddaboutit if you want to know how much money the Daschles rake in from her lobbying as a co-chair of the 'public policy group' at the law/lobbying firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell," says the Post.

"Unlike lots of senators - not to mention presidents like Bush - Daschle refuses to release his own tax returns, which would 'just let everybody see' what his wife makes as a big-business lobbyist. ..."

"The conflict-of-interest question gets even more delicate when it comes to L-3 because it involves potential risks to airline passenger safety," notes the Post.

As NewsMax.com reported in January:

Mrs. Daschle's lobbying client was awarded a contract forcing the FAA to purchase airport baggage scanners which proved so defective that airlines refused to use them.

According to a report in the Washington Monthly, "a provision in the 2000 transportation budget ... required the FAA to buy baggage-scanners from one of Daschle's clients, L-3 International."

"The [Department of Transportation's] inspector general has found the L-3 equipment to be substandard," contended the magazine, "yet the FAA now has no choice but to purchase one of L-3's scanners for every one it buys from an L-3 competitor."

The L-3 machines are so poorly constructed, claimed the report, that the one at the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport leaked radiation.

"Most others purchased by the FAA have not been installed," the magazine revealed.

The inspector general cited the defective scanners purchased from Mrs. Daschle's client as one reason the DOT won't be able to meet the federally-mandated requirement to screen all luggage for terrorist bombs for many years to come.

The Washington Monthly report, headlined "Tom Daschle's Hillary Problem," also probed Linda Daschle's role in the scandal some critics of the Washington power couple have dubbed "Daschlegate."

In 1994, a plane chartered by the Indian Health Service crashed in a snowstorm in Minot, North Dakota, killing the pilot and three doctors on their way to an Indian reservation clinic, the report says. The charter company was owned by Murl Bellew, a friend of the Daschles who had taught the senator how to fly.

"For several years, Forest Service inspectors had been raising serious questions about the safety of Bellew's operation - issues that the FAA had overlooked - and had argued that the company should be disqualified from seeking government contracts."

But the magazine reported that the Daschle friend wanted to get rid of the Forest Service inspections. "Sen. Daschle obliged by pushing legislation to eliminate the Forest Service's inspection role altogether, leaving his wife's agency as the sole overseer."

Senior FAA officials later told investigators that Linda Daschle had also worked to quash a proposed program to train Forest Service inspectors to conduct FAA inspections.

An FAA inspector testified that she had been ordered to shred possible evidence implicating the Daschles in the decision to quash inspections of Bellew's planes.

"Linda Daschle insisted that she had recused herself from any decisions on that issue, and the IG later absolved her of any wrongdoing," the magazine said.

Read a transcript of the "60 Minutes" interview where three Daschlegate widows blame the top Democrat for their husbands' deaths.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: daschlecorruption

1 posted on 07/11/2002 10:51:45 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides
Mrs. Daschle: Big Business Lobbyist

Mrs. Daschle's list of clients

2 posted on 07/11/2002 10:56:19 AM PDT by The Old Hoosier
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To: Paul Atreides
Given the mainstream media's obsession with 'conflict of interest' scandal and 'insider knowledge' scandal, they should be all over this one very soon. Right?

Right?

3 posted on 07/11/2002 10:56:48 AM PDT by DocCincy
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To: Paul Atreides
Counterstrike. I hope tommie and his co-habitator both squirm on the stake of public scrutiny..
4 posted on 07/11/2002 10:56:50 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: TADSLOS
Their match was made in he*l.

They are both lying cheating crooks.

5 posted on 07/11/2002 10:59:41 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: TADSLOS
Marry this info up with Senator Dodd's wife's involvment with the Import Export Bank relative to huge loans given to Enron during the 90s and you have the makings of real scandal. I think this in part explains the Dems latest attacks.
6 posted on 07/11/2002 10:59:58 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: Paul Atreides
bump
7 posted on 07/11/2002 11:03:17 AM PDT by rwfromkansas
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To: rwfromkansas
WHAT ARE THEY HIDING AND LONG HAVE THEY BEEN HIDING IT?
8 posted on 07/11/2002 11:09:23 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: TADSLOS
We'll all die of old-age waiting on the Republicans to grow 'nads and do something about it.
9 posted on 07/11/2002 11:11:00 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: DocCincy
Right! Tomorrow morning once perky Katie Colon will be opening her interview with him. Her first question will be, "Your Heiness Dashole, some people have said that your wife being a lobbyist is a conflict of interest and a way to bribe you directly. Do you see a conflict and could you show her earnings over the past 2 years???"

Pray for GW and the Truth

10 posted on 07/11/2002 11:12:19 AM PDT by bray
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Marry this info up with Senator Dodd's wife's involvment with the Import Export Bank relative to huge loans given to Enron during the 90s and you have the makings of real scandal.

I don't know about Senator Dodd's wife, (I believe it's his second wife), but Daschle's wife is a former beauty contest winner. Is she his original wife? Have to wonder if these women are "trophy wives" who marry powerful politicians to advance their careers.

11 posted on 07/11/2002 11:12:41 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: TADSLOS
Um, you won't hold your breath,though, right? We'd hate to lose ya, Tadslos.
12 posted on 07/11/2002 11:16:19 AM PDT by Marysecretary
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To: Paul Atreides
Rush brought up Sen. Dasholes hypocrisy in the last hour.
Reading parts of Deborah Orin's commentary in the NY Post.

Be careful of what you wish for senator.

13 posted on 07/11/2002 11:16:54 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Ooh, this just keeps getting betterer and betterer!
14 posted on 07/11/2002 11:17:00 AM PDT by Marysecretary
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To: Paul Atreides
Thats Linda Daschole.
15 posted on 07/11/2002 11:18:48 AM PDT by SamBees
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To: Paul Atreides
These newsmax articles never see the light of day. Why post these things from that source?
16 posted on 07/11/2002 11:26:18 AM PDT by zarf
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To: Paul Atreides
Does anyone know what the policy and or law is regarding public officials and their requirement if any to disclose tax returns???
17 posted on 07/11/2002 11:28:38 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: Marysecretary
My guess is tommy and linda are getting a little hotter under their collars! The nerve of people questioning their, er, MO's. LOL

And then there is the fabulous question that Neil Cavuto poses to Geppy yesterday on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Fox News Cable. (I am falling a little in love with this guy-what a stellar human being he seems to be.)

At any rate-Neil looks at Gephardt, directly, as Geppy is going on and on about why the democrats' plan for corporate honesty is better than the republicans', and Neil stops him cold, asking him, in so many words, "What makes you think that layering on the rules you are considering, making for more bureaucratic layers and confusions, will help and not make WORSE the current situation?" Ol Geppy floundered around for awhile and then Neil....

Oh Neil, I can't BELIEVE you asked this of Geppy, baby...hehe, says-

"By the way, what makes you think some special panel consisting of congressional oversight, controlling corporate accounting practices, will work? I mean isn't that a little LIKE THE FOX GUARDING THE HEN HOUSE, considering how congress has managed to LOSE BILLIONS of unaccounted for tax dollars, has spend money on pork projects that continuously overburden our money, are notoriously careless with the money you deal in everyday, etc.?"

Gephardt was SILENCED (for a brief moment)

And he was so flustered, that he said, "Well, right now we have the hen guarding the hen house, er, I mean, the fox guarding the hen house..." and tried to recover from there. Unsuccessfully. IT WAS A GEM! I LOVE NEIL!!!!!!!!!!!! He doesn't mince words-his interviews rank up there with the best I have ever heard. What a GOOD GUY!!!

18 posted on 07/11/2002 11:29:09 AM PDT by Republic
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To: zarf
These newsmax articles never see the light of day. Why post these things from that source?

If you consider NewsMax an unreliable source, why didn't you just ignore this thread?

19 posted on 07/11/2002 11:49:04 AM PDT by McGruff
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To: Paul Atreides
Did we learn nothing from the ongoing filth and corruption of Willie's administration? The media isn't interested in any criminal or unethical behavior of one of its own! The ultra-liberal, crypto-socialist, extreme left wing dumbocraps and media wouldn't talk about video tape that showed a Dasholette giving bribes or lewinskis for favors. The media wants to examine Harken oil, not yesterday's dumbocrap criminal activity. You think there is a cover up now, just wait until you see what happens should Tommie the Commie express an interest in running for the presidency. The media will think asking Mrs. Dashole about her grandma's cookie receipes in revalation. Look at how well they covered the perfectly good wife the LIEberman so brutally discarded.
20 posted on 07/11/2002 11:51:44 AM PDT by Tacis
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To: Paul Atreides
We'll all die of old-age waiting on the Republicans to grow 'nads and do something about it.

Yep...

21 posted on 07/11/2002 11:52:46 AM PDT by maxwell
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To: Paul Atreides
Linda Daschle's Lobbying Questioned

and it's about damn time! Speculation is they make millions off the same big businesses that Dashole denegrates publically.

22 posted on 07/11/2002 11:54:00 AM PDT by patriot_wes
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To: Tacis
I didn't know about Lieberman's wife. What happened?
23 posted on 07/11/2002 11:59:06 AM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Republic
It's about time they were asked the tough questions and given a bit of hell in return for what they're espousing. Neil is a good guy. I love it when people are up front and honest, something a democrat will never have to worry about, I'm sure. But, surely, there HAS to be at least ONE good democrat somewhere...
24 posted on 07/11/2002 12:05:44 PM PDT by Marysecretary
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To: DocCincy
....Right?..... Right!

Looks like another job for Larry the caped lawyer Klayman. ......

25 posted on 07/11/2002 12:17:26 PM PDT by bert
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To: McGruff
To post my grievence. I've lost my patience with the newsmax posts and hope they go away.
26 posted on 07/11/2002 12:46:43 PM PDT by zarf
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