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  • NRCC making fraudulent donation sites? (VANITY, sort of)

    02/07/2014 6:15:42 AM PST · by the OlLine Rebel
    What is this about? New to me. Any more insight on it? PAW (which I despise) posts this without any explanation.
  • Secret files reveal how pay-to-play works in N.J.

    06/24/2013 10:13:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger via NJ.com ^ | June 23, 2013 at 9:10 PM | Christopher Baxter
    The engineering firm Birdsall Services Group was built of New Jersey steel, the kind forged in a fire of wheeling and dealing and political influence that made the company a titan in the brawl for millions of dollars worth of public contracts. Now it’s all melting down. Birdsall, bankrupt and a shadow of its former self, admitted in state court this month to dumping loads of illegal campaign donations into the coffers of elected officials, a practice one former employee said “regularly won contracts” for the company. It was classic Jersey: Banned by law from giving more than $300 to...
  • Priebus calls on Holder to investigate Obama campaign contributions

    10/11/2012 10:19:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 11, 2012 | Justin Sink
    Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday demanding an investigation into online campaign contributions to the president's reelection campaign. "[T]he President's campaign committee does not use the industry standard practices to guard against receiving fraudulent or excessive contributions via the internet," Priebus alleges in the letter. "As a result, the President's campaign committee is vulnerable to the receipt of prohibited contributions. Their failure to adhere to the industry standard has caused these questions regarding whether the campaign is deliberately inviting prohibited contributions." The Priebus letter is based on a report the...
  • Look-Alike Sites Funnel Big Money to Mystery PAC (targets GOP donors)

    Noam Neusner, a former White House speechwriter for President George W. Bush, thought he had given $250 to Ohio GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel. He hadn't. Instead, Neusner was one of nearly 3,000 donors who stumbled onto a network of look-alike campaign websites that have netted more than $570,000 this year in what some are calling a sophisticated political phishing scheme. The websites have the trappings of official campaign pages: smiling candidate photos and videos, issue pages, and a large red "donate" button at the top. Except that proceeds from the shadow sites go not to the candidates pictured, but...
  • 35 Romney endorsers received contributions first

    Money may not be buying Mitt Romney much Republican love, but it’s going a long way toward helping him buy the next best thing: endorsements in the GOP primaries. Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC and its affiliates states have lavished close to $1.3 million in campaign donations to federal, state and local GOP politicians, almost all since 2010. His recipients include officials in the major upcoming primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, and in three southern Super Tuesday states where he was trounced four years ago. In New Hampshire, a U.S. senator, a congressman, 10 state senators...
  • Solyndra files bankruptcy, employees sue

    09/06/2011 4:14:52 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/6/11 | David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Solyndra, the solar-cell company whose collapse last week triggered a national debate over green jobs, filed its bankruptcy papers Monday, listing $859 million in assets and $784 million in secured loans. The company's biggest lender was the federal government, which loaned Solyndra $528 million in 2009 to build a new factory near its Fremont headquarters. As part of an effort to boost renewable power companies, the government offered Solyndra as much as $535 million for the project, but the factory cost slightly less to build than expected. The government will not, however, be the first creditor in line during Solyndra's...
  • Investigators Probe White House Role in Massive Energy Loan

    09/02/2011 7:28:10 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2 Sep 2011 | MATTHEW MOSK and RONNIE GREENE
    House investigators said they have uncovered evidence that White House officials became personally involved in an Energy Department review of a hot-button $535 million loan guarantee to the now-failed California solar company Solyndra. The allegation surfaced in a letter House Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) sent to the White House Thursday night, saying he planned to accelerate efforts to understand an investment deal that may have left taxpayers out half a billion dollars. "We have learned from our investigation that White House officials monitored Solyndra's application and communicated with [Department of Energy] and Office of Management and Budget officials...
  • Starbucks CEO says 100+ businesses to withhold campaign donations over debt

    08/25/2011 10:58:53 AM PDT · by no dems · 22 replies
    The Ticket ^ | August 25, 2011 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Heads of over 100 major companies have joined Starbucks Corp. CEO Howard Schultz in a pledge to boycott political donations until Congress and the president agree on a long-term debt and deficit plan, Schultz announced in a letter Wednesday. "Remarkably, the initiative triggered a national dialogue and a groundswell of support," Schultz wrote, adding that in the 10 days since releasing his pledge, he "heard directly from thousands of concerned citizens and was astounded by the volume of support we received through calls, emails, social media exchanges and various other public votes of confidence." That included over 100 business leaders...
  • Wall Street execs turn back on Obama, donate to Romney

    08/22/2011 6:27:55 AM PDT · by caroline2005nc · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 22, 2011 | Jake Interrante and Bob Cusack
    Dozens of Wall Street executives who supported President Obama in 2008 have donated to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign this year. According to a review of fundraising data, 67 people who work in the financial sector and live in the New York City metro area gave to Obama in 2008 and the former Massachusetts governor in 2011. The reversals come in the wake of Obama's tough rhetoric on Wall Street, most notably last year when the president was pushing Congress to pass what became known as the Dodd-Frank law. The 67 individuals who live in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut...
  • Report: Obama top recipient of News Corp. donations

    07/20/2011 1:11:02 AM PDT · by freejohn · 19 replies
    Political donations by News Corp., its employees and their families were evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with President Obama the all-time leading recipient, according to a report from the Sunlight Foundation. The transparency watchdog noted Tuesday that Democrats received 51 percent of contributions while Republicans received 49 percent, despite the firm's highly publicized links to the GOP, such as a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association in August.
  • Estranged aide to John Edwards reaches movie deal

    07/16/2010 8:12:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 7/16/10 | MIKE BAKER
    Estranged aide to John Edwards reaches movie dealBy MIKE BAKER 9:18 a.m., Friday, July 16, 2010 RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - An insider's account of John Edwards' affair and the lengths he went to hide his mistress will be developed into a movie, a former aide to the two-time presidential candidate said Thursday. Andrew Young said that he has reached a deal with writer and producer Aaron Sorkin. He declined to discuss the terms of the agreement, but Sorkin confirmed he had acquired the rights to Young's book, "The Politician." "This is a first-hand account of an extraordinary story filled with...
  • "Sanity Challenged" Congressman Alan Grayson Goes POSTAL On Supreme Court

    01/21/2010 2:39:13 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 19 replies · 1,304+ views
    The Lid/Various ^ | 1/21/10 | The Lid
    Florida Congressman and national embarrassment Alan Grayson (D) is at it again. The Supreme Court made a major decision today in favor of the First Amendment. They ruled that businesses may spend as freely as they like to support or oppose political candidates, and also struck down a big part of the McCain-Feingold limits on business spending on federal campaigns. How did the Congressional nut-job react to the courts decision? As you might expect he acted as if he fell out of the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down. In anticipation of the decision, yesterday he...
  • The REAL Reason Why There is NO Tort Reform in Obamacare

    12/21/2009 8:44:57 AM PST · by Shellybenoit · 13 replies · 885+ views
    wasington examiner/the lid ^ | 12/21/09 | The Lid
    Many experts have pointed to tort reform as a key element of any effort to hold down the costs of health care: Old Democratic presidential aspirant John Edwards won $175 million in judgments over a 12-year period suing doctors, hospitals and insurance companies, everyone but the candy stripers, over infant cerebral palsy cases allegedly caused by mishandled deliveries. As the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists noted in a study in 2003, cerebral palsy could not be blamed on delivery trouble in the “vast majority” of cases. Using bad science, Edwards enriched himself by bankrupting innocent physicians. The effect is...
  • FEC.gov won't show you which individuals donated to President Obama

    10/21/2009 11:14:00 AM PDT · by FauxCapitalist · 14 replies · 1,289+ views
    Faux Capitalist ^ | 10/21/2009 | FauxCapitalist
    From http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_detail/P80003338/ at FEC.gov, it shows you the information for “Contributions Made by This Candidate’s Committees” and “Committees Who Gave to This Candidate,” but it won’t show you any information for “Individuals Who Gave to This Candidate.” After a couple minutes of waiting, you’ll be presented with the page, “Failed to open page.” It's been this way as early as July 2009. It does show you which individuals gave to John McCain. Detailed information here: http://fauxcapitalist.com/2009/10/20/fec-dot-gov-wont-show-you-which-individuals-donated-to-president-obama/
  • S.C.'s Wilson Rakes In $750,000 in Less Than 48 Hours; Opponent Tops $1 Million

    09/11/2009 7:37:11 PM PDT · by mojitojoe · 32 replies · 1,516+ views
    Washinton Post ^ | 9/11/2009 | Paul Kane
    With a political arms race in full force, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has raised almost $750,000 in less than 48 hours since his shout of "You lie!" to President Obama during the Wednesday address to Congress, almost matching the Internet-fueled haul of his likely Democratic opponent. A senior GOP official said Wilson, who apologized to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel after the health-care speech but has since refused a more public apology, has turned his own previous sleepy campaign machine into an Web-friendly effort. Just as liberals have poured cash into the campaign of Rob Miller, who lost...
  • Tort Reform Can Lower Costs Without Harming Health Care. So Why Isn’t It in Obama’s Plan?

    08/14/2009 4:00:58 AM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 23 replies · 858+ views
    Pajama's Media/ ^ | 8/14/09 | Sammy Benoit
    .Tort reform may very well be the ticket to heath care savings for which President Obama is looking. According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers that saving may reach over $2.1 trillion over a ten year period: Doctors ordering tests or procedures not based on need but concern over liability or increasing their income is the biggest waste of health care dollars, costing the system at least $210 billion a year, according to the report. The problem is called "defensive medicine." "Sometimes the motivation is to avoid malpractice suits, or to make more money because they are compensated more for doing more," said...
  • Research on Rep. Rodney Alexander & The Greater Ouachita Port Commission

    06/13/2009 7:33:05 PM PDT · by smith5460 · 1 replies · 308+ views
    William J. Smith ^ | June 13, 2009 | William J. Smith
    I have conducted some research into the campaign contributions given to Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-5th-LA). Alexander is one of the leading members of the House in terms of earmark requests. "After investigating Rodney Alexander's campaign filings on the Federal Election Commission website, I have found some information on Alexander's contributions from parties associated with the Greater Ouachita Port Commission." "In all, the parties associated with the Port and the Commission have given $36,500 to Rodney Alexander's campaign. With each passing election cycle, the dollar amounts have increased." "The Port has been awarded at least $1.5 million in earmarks since 2004....
  • House Heavyweight Feels Threat to Power (Murtha)

    04/25/2009 11:27:07 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 1,218+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 25, 2009 | David D. Kirpatrick
    WASHINGTON — So powerful was Representative John P. Murtha at one time that he used to put up billboards in his Western Pennsylvania district declaring that “the P is for Power.” Few in Congress dared disagree: he doled out or withheld billions in federal money each year for lawmakers’ pet projects, better known as earmarks. Now, however, a string of federal criminal investigations of contractors or lobbyists close to Mr. Murtha, the top Democrat on the defense appropriations subcommittee, are threatening to undermine his backroom clout. In the weeks since the news that prosecutors had raided the offices of the...
  • CA: Campaign donations add luxury to California politics

    02/09/2009 8:45:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 246+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/9/09 | Patrick McGreevy and Eric Bailey
    Reporting from Sacramento -- Some California lawmakers haven't let the state's financial calamity keep them from enjoying the good life; they've been using campaign cash for first-class travel abroad, expensive dinners, salon makeovers and visits to luxurious spas. Spending reports filed with the state covering the last three months show: * Several lawmakers checked into the Fairmont Hotel on Maui on donors' dimes two days after the start of an emergency session on the budget in November. * The lead state senator on budget issues joined colleagues who left the fiscal crisis behind to go to India, where they toured...
  • Obama's Myths: Young Voters and Small Donors

    12/02/2008 11:28:26 AM PST · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 511+ views
    Dick Morris.com ^ | 112/01/2008 | Dick Morris
    Myths in politics take on a life of their own and the Obama campaign has been quick to cloak its incredible electoral success with a new coat of mythology. Two fantasies, in particular, pervade the amazing triumph of the Obama candidacy: That young people propelled him to victory by finally voting in large numbers and that small donors financed his campaign.
  • Elections Officials May Audit Obama's Fundraising

    11/21/2008 1:00:16 PM PST · by calenel · 25 replies · 857+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/19/2008 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    "According to a published report this week, the Federal Election Commission is unlikely to vote to audit the Obama campaign finances, and will sweep aside a formal demand for an full audit that was filed by the Republican National Committee on Oct. 6. "But interviews with current and former FEC officials, as well as a review of FEC commissioners' public statements, suggest that the commission could pursue an “audit for cause” of the Obama campaign, based in part on allegations of widespread fraud and illegal donors as reported by Newsmax.com and other publications during the election season. "Helping impede the...
  • Newsmax drops another long report on Obama’s shifty online donations

    11/19/2008 11:15:07 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 2 replies · 461+ views
    hotair.com ^ | November 19, 2008 | Allahpundit
    The good news? Ken Timmerman’s still on the case. The bad news? This one’s mostly a rehash of his earlier report. If you read that at the time and have been following the story since then at HA — especially the details about Team Barry accepting donations via gift card, which figures prominently in Timmerman’s new piece — you’re pretty much caught up. The juiciest bit of new info: With more than half of the Obama campaign’s contributions coming from small donors who don’t need to be identified fully, it’s entirely likely that the Edwan brothers were not alone among...
  • Must read: Ken Timmerman on Obama’s unreported campaign donations

    10/01/2008 10:26:03 AM PDT · by flyfree · 12 replies · 1,022+ views
    hotair ^ | Allahpundit
    Via Andy McCarthy, who sets an example I’ll follow by keeping his own commentary short to get you to read the whole thing. To be clear: Obama’s not required by law to identify contributions of less than $200. But given that (a) McCain does it voluntarily, (b) The One claims to be all about a new, transparent politics in Washington, and (c) his campaign is famously powered by small donors, it’s a tad curious that most of the names of people who’ve dropped a little north of $222 million on him in small contributions remain known only to him and...
  • Today is the LAST day to contribute to the McCain campaign

    08/30/2008 9:06:17 AM PDT · by newberger · 220 replies · 626+ views
    vanity ^ | 8/30/2008 | me
    As a result of yesterday's stunning news about Sarah Palin, the next Vice President of the United States, many Freepers have decided to contribute to the McCain campaign. TODAY is the LAST day that you can contribute to the McCain campaign. Tomorrow, public financing (ugh!) kicks in and they cannot accept donations any more. If you want to participate, do it TODAY.
  • Clinton Rakes in Illegal Chinatown Donations, Drive-Bys Ignore

    10/22/2007 3:21:58 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 26 replies · 292+ views
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | October 22, 2007 | Rush
    RUSH: Now, folks, I want to say just a little bit more about the "unfairness," the "inaccuracy," whatever you want to call it from the Drive-By Media of the Harry Reid smear letter auction with my matching donation now generating $4.2 million for the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. In anybody's judgment, that's huge news, especially since it involved a skirmish between me and the Senate majority leader. The amount of coverage that this has received, especially accurate coverage, is such that you could put it in a thimble. Well, maybe a syringe, but certainly nothing larger than that. But the...
  • For Hillary, There's No Such Thing as Dirty Money

    10/20/2007 10:25:34 AM PDT · by Eva · 74 replies · 226+ views
    Nation ^ | October 1, 2007 | Nicholas von Hoffman
    With an endorsement of sorts from George Bush, Hillary has now rounded up about all the big names and moneybags in Washington politics. The President predicts she will get the Democratic nomination, and everything seems to be going her way. Never has the adjective "golden" found a more apposite noun to modify than "Ms. Clinton." The woman has always had an affinity for gold. You can trace her appetite for bling back to her Arkansas days, when she was a partner in the Rose Law Firm. Questions arose about her billing clients, which have not yet been satisfactorily answered. Nor...
  • John Edwards Divests Money From Convicted Lawyer

    09/19/2007 5:44:38 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 1 replies · 121+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/19/07 | JIM KUHNHENN
    WASHINGTON -- John Edwards' presidential campaign has donated to charity $4,600 in contributions from William Lerach, a top fundraiser and a well-known trial lawyer who pleaded guilty this week to a federal conspiracy charge. Lerach and members of his law firm, Lerach Coughlin of San Diego, contributed about $81,000 to Edwards' campaign during the first six months of the year, according to Federal Election commission records. Lerach raised money for Edwards while the lawyer was under indictment on charges that his former firm, Milberg Weiss, paid kickbacks to plaintiffs in class action lawsuits. The Edwards campaign denied any connection between...
  • Anger over immigration plan surprises GOP senators

    05/30/2007 6:41:07 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 365 replies · 8,448+ views
    CNN.Com - Politics ^ | POSTED: 7:34 p.m. EDT, May 29, 2007 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- In his speech Tuesday on immigration reform, President Bush was trying to provide political cover for members of Congress to support the legislation. That could be tough. Republicans are getting an earful on immigration. "I have learned some new words from some of my constituents," Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, said. The angry response comes as a shock. "The level of intensity and volume is, I think, surprising,'' CNN contributor and radio talk show host Bill Bennett said. "We've talked to a number of Republican senators, and they confessed to being surprised by the reaction." There's a big...
  • RALLY NEAR SENATOR CHAMBLISS ATLANTA OFFICE TO OPPOSE AMNESTY-AGAIN!

    05/30/2007 6:36:49 AM PDT · by radar101 · 4 replies · 629+ views
    Dustin Inman Society ^ | 29 MAY 2007 | D.A. King
    RALLY AGAINST LA BILL! NO COMPROMISE ON THE LAW! The Dustin Inman Society will stage a rally to oppose amnesty-again. www.TheDustinInmanSociety.org THURSDAY, May 31, 2007 11:45 arrival, NOON START RAIN OR SHINE! CORNER OF AKERS MILL RD. AND GALLERIA DRIVE, ATLANTA. AKERS MILL SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER (THIS IS JUST A FEW YARDS FROM SENATOR SAXBY CHAMBLISS’ OFFICE AND A FEW MILES FROM SENATOR ISAKSON’S OFFICE….AND WE WILL BE ON PUBLIC RIGHT- OF- WAY…THE SIDE WALK ON AKERS MILL ROAD AT GALLERIA DRIVE, ENTRANCE INTO THE GALLERIA OFFICE COMPLEX. Just South of where I-285 crosses Cobb Parkway which is Hwy 41....
  • McCain defends immigration reform bill

    05/30/2007 5:38:15 AM PDT · by radar101 · 40 replies · 904+ views
    North County Times ^ | 40 MAY 2007 | EDWARD SIFUENTES
    Republican presidential hopeful John McCain speaks with local reporters outside a technology conference held at the Four Seasons Resort Aviara in Carlsbad on Tuesday.CARLSBAD CA -- In a brief visit to North County on Tuesday, Republican presidential candidate John McCain defended the Senate's immigration reform bill against critics, including some local lawmakers. McCain, R-Ariz., is among a bipartisan group of about a dozen senators who negotiated the controversial immigration bill that would give an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants a chance to legalize their status. He is also one of about 10 candidates seeking the GOP nomination for president....
  • No to Amnesty! No to Guestworker petition!

    05/29/2007 7:33:29 PM PDT · by redwill · 17 replies · 1,208+ views
    Newsbull ^ | 5/29/07 | William Fine
    National Alliance for Worker and Employer Rights petition against any Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill including Amnesty and Guest Worker programs for Illegals in the United States of America
  • House GOP plots blue-slip attack (Going to kill Amnesty Bill)

    05/29/2007 6:07:21 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 93 replies · 2,919+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/29/07 | Elana Schor and Jackie Kucinich
    House conservatives are ready to stop the Senate immigration bill in its tracks with a potent procedural weapon should the contentious measure win passage in the upper chamber. The trump card conservatives may hold is a constitutional rule that revenue-related bills must originate in the House. The Senate immigration measure requires that illegal immigrants pay back taxes before becoming citizens, opening the door to a House protest, dubbed a “blue slip” for the color of its paper. House Republicans used the same back-taxes mandate for a blue-slip threat that derailed last year’s immigration conference. The new Senate bill still must...
  • Audit challenges $86 billion transportation funding gap

    04/30/2007 10:41:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 445+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | April 30, 2007 | Ben Wear
    Report says that more than $45 billion of the estimate is either in error or undocumented. The State Auditor's Office this morning released a report challenging the validity of almost half of a purported $86 billion shortfall in Texas transportation funding over the next generation, and cautioning that the gap estimate "may not be reliable for making policy or funding decisions." That $86 billion figure has been cited repeatedly by Texas Department of Transportation officials and some legislators as a major reason for the state's increasing need for new toll roads. The number is a compilation of estimates from local...
  • ACTION ALERT: What you can do in the next 30 days to help keep a GOP House and Senate

    10/08/2006 8:14:20 PM PDT · by sruleoflaw · 51 replies · 1,090+ views
    FreeRepublic Member | October 8, 2006 | Sruleoflaw
    Dear Fellow Conservatives: Please find enclosed mailing addresses for a number of GOP candidates in U.S. Senate and House races. I would urge you to pick one or two candidates and send them your most generous financial contributions (you should include your name, occupation and employer). There are only 30 days until the Nov. 7 election Whether it is about the war in Iraq (from which the Democrats would cut and run), a $2.4 trillion tax increase, partial birth abortion, border security, ballistic missile defense, the war on terrorism or even spending, I think the nation is best served having...
  • CA: Lobbyists' fingerprints all over campaign donations, study says(PublicCitizen/Ralph Nader)

    05/23/2006 12:55:55 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 343+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/23/06 | Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    Lobbyists and the political committees they run have contributed $103 million to members of Congress in the past eight years, according to a report released Monday. In the first study of its kind, Public Citizen, a group founded by consumer-rights activist Ralph Nader, matched the names in the federal lobbyist registration database with campaign contributions to members of Congress. Study authors found that 6 percent of lobbyists account for 83 percent of the contributions in a system that funnels millions of dollars into the hands of lawmakers with the power to grant lucrative government contracts and favorable legislation. "This evidence...
  • Perry Defends DeLay, Calls Earle "Overzealous"

    10/25/2005 3:59:42 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 18 replies · 760+ views
    Perry defends DeLay, calls Earle 'overzealous' ASSOCIATED PRESS FORT WORTH (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry defended U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay on Monday, saying his recent indictments on conspiracy and money laundering charges stem from work by an "overzealous prosecutor." "I'm for Tom DeLay. I don't get confused about what's going on here," Perry, a fellow Republican, said after speaking about economic development at a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce lunch. "The fact of the matter is - I happen to think that this is an overzealous prosecutor who is working very hard to take a Texan off of the national...
  • NYP: 9/11 WARNING IGNORED - Gore failed to fix air-security rules

    09/16/2005 5:52:40 AM PDT · by OESY · 15 replies · 1,267+ views
    New York Post ^ | Dick Morris
    ...Gore's work was entirely based on the belief that nobody would commit suicide while hijacking a plane. So the only purpose of CAPPS [Civil Aviation Passenger Protection System] was to assure that these passengers boarded the airplane with their checked baggage — since the feds assumed that the checked bags couldn't have a bomb in if the terrorist was on the plane himself. As naive and shortsighted as this assumption was — and as disastrous as it turned out to be — until now we have only been able to chalk it up to Al Gore's particular brand of myopia....
  • Kushner Cos. sells some of portfolio

    01/16/2005 9:46:03 AM PST · by Calpernia · 6 replies · 472+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | January 16, 2005 | Staff
    Realty firm positions itself in anticipation of exec's imprisonment Sunday, January 16, 2005 BY GEORGE E. JORDAN Star-Ledger Staff Alan Hammer, acting chairman of Kushner Cos., said the real estate venture is selling some of its apartments simply because it is a good time to sell. The sale of an unspecified number of apartments, the backbone of the Kushner empire, with estimated assets of $3 billion, comes as the company has quietly sold off other pieces of its real estate portfolio and shut down some of its fledgling enterprises.
  • DUMBOCRAT CORRUPTION ALERT Fund-Raiser, Linked to N.J. Gov., Indicted (skimmed donations to party)

    07/07/2004 10:36:10 AM PDT · by Liz · 10 replies · 858+ views
    Copyright © 2004, The Associated Press | July 7, 2004 | JOHN P. McALPIN
    TRENTON, N.J. -- A Democratic fund-raiser linked to Gov. James E. McGreevey extorted $40,000 in campaign donations by promising a farmer that public officials would help him get more money for development rights to his land, federal authorities said Tuesday. David D'Amiano is charged with extortion, mail fraud and bribery. According to an indictment released Tuesday, D'Amiano told the owner of a Piscataway farm he would not get premium value for his property unless he made donations to the Democratic Party. Middlesex County officials had offered Mark Halper $3 million for development rights to his 74-acre family farm. After D'Amiano...
  • CA: FPPC accuses LA lawyer of laundering mayoral campaign donations

    07/06/2004 8:12:08 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 285+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/6/04 | APO - LA
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - The state Fair Political Practices Commission on Tuesday accused a prominent lawyer of laundering contributions to the election campaign of Mayor James Hahn. Pierce O'Donnell allegedly arranged maximum donations from law firm employees and others, and then reimbursed them. He made 26 illegal contributions totaling $25,500, according to the accusation filed in Sacramento. The panel charged with enforcing California's campaign laws requested that O'Donnell be fined at least $94,000. If the case is not settled, an administrative hearing will be scheduled in coming months, said Steven Russo, head of enforcement for the commission. O'Donnell, 57, said...
  • Is Governor McGreevey "State Official 1"???

    07/06/2004 3:59:28 PM PDT · by Not a Friend of Bill · 21 replies · 1,397+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/6/2004, 6:02 p.m. ET | John P. McAlpin
    Democratic fund-raiser indicted on extortion chargesBy JOHN P. McALPIN The Associated Press 7/6/2004, 6:02 p.m. ET TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Democratic fund-raiser linked to Gov. James E. McGreevey extorted $40,000 in campaign donations by promising a farmer that public officials would help him get top dollar for his land, federal authorities said Tuesday. Carteret businessman David D'Amiano is charged with extortion, mail fraud and bribery. According to an indictment released Tuesday, D'Amiano told the owner of a Piscataway farm he would not get premium value for his property unless he made donations to the Democratic Party. Middlesex County officials...
  • Car execs put money behind Bush

    06/17/2004 6:41:21 AM PDT · by wmichgrad · 8 replies · 170+ views
    MLive.com ^ | June 17, 2004 | The Associated Press
    DETROIT (AP) — Top automobile executives are putting their money behind President Bush. Through April, General Motors employees nationwide, most of them high-ranking executives, gave the Bush-Cheney campaign almost $122,000, compared with $7,250 for Democratic candidate John Kerry. Ford Motor Co. employees gave just more than $63,000 to Bush and just $5,500 to the senator from Massachusetts, the Detroit Free Press reported in a Thursday story. DaimlerChrysler AG officials donated nearly $18,000 to Bush, and Kerry got nothing, according to an analysis of campaign donations of $200 or more by the Virginia-based Dwight L. Morris and Associates tracking firm. The...
  • Dean Attacks Kerry on Torricelli Aid [Torricelli has admitted to raising $100,000 for Kerry..]

    02/10/2004 5:18:30 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 161+ views
    <p>WASHINGTON — Howard Dean (search) is crying foul over John Kerry's (search) acceptance of donations from former New Jersey Sen. Robert Torricelli (search), who was investigated by the Justice Department for giving huge gifts to a former donor who pleaded guilty to fund-raising abuses.</p>
  • CA: Tribes ply competitors with campaign donations

    09/18/2003 8:26:22 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 208+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 9/18/03 | Don Thompson - AP
    SACRAMENTO - Indian tribes have eclipsed organized labor to become the top campaign giver in the recall election. The more than $3.24 million donated by Indian tribes to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante has caused the most stir. But records show the tribes are now also spreading their wealth to his political opposite, Sen. Tom McClintock, as well as contributing $2 million to an independent committee. There are legal questions over how Bustamante can spend the tribal donations as he campaigns to succeed Gov. Gray Davis if the governor is recalled. The tribes have given more than $100,000 to McClintock, R-Thousand...
  • Goldman Sachs tops Democrats' donor list

    04/24/2003 5:58:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 187+ views
    bigcharts.marketwatch ^ | April 24, 2003 | Rex Nutting
    3:48PM  Goldman Sachs tops Democrats' donor list (GS, LEH, AOL, BUD, C) by Rex Nutting   Employees at Goldman Sachs gave more money to the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls than employees of any other company, according to data submitted to the Federal Election Commission and analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics. Goldman employees gave at least $78,750 in the first quarter of the year, with $60,750 going to Sen. John Edwards. Law firms dominated the list, holding 18 of the top 25 positions. Lehman Brothers employees took the fifth spot with $54,150. Anheuser-Busch, AOL and Citigroup employees also made...
  • CA: Lawsuit over campaign donations could test tribal sovereignty

    01/06/2003 9:03:08 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/6/03 | Erica Werner - AP
    <p>LOS ANGELES(AP) - In an important test of the reach of tribal sovereignty, California's political watchdog agency is suing one of the state's wealthiest and most influential Indian tribes, alleging violations of campaign finance reporting laws.</p> <p>The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which operates two casinos in and near Palm Springs, argues those laws don't apply to it because it's a sovereign entity. The Fair Political Practices Commission says California has a sovereign right of its own to ensure the integrity of its election system.</p>
  • Norm Coleman, Rerunning Hard In Minnesota

    11/01/2002 5:06:10 AM PST · by tdadams · 1 replies · 662+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, November 1, 2002 | Mark Leibovich
    (Excerpt): [Coleman's] campaign received an unexpected flood of contributions from people who were offended by the Wellstone memorial service -- $150,000 on Wednesday alone, Republican officials say. Now, Coleman must draw distinctions between himself and the opposition while not appearing insensitive to Wellstone's memory or overly deferential to Mondale's stature.
  • MUST VIEW: Personal Injury Trial Lawyers Own the Daschle/Clinton DemocRAT Senate (Link to Video)

    10/03/2002 3:57:20 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 43 replies · 348+ views
    MUST VIEW: Personal Injury Trial Lawyers Own the Daschle/Clinton DemocRAT Senate (Link to Video) ALL FREEPERS -- Please send the link below to everyone on your email list. It is "mandatory" that we give this movie the widest distribution possible. It is "past" time the American people learned the truth about Personal Injury Trial Lawyers and their "cozy" relationship with Daschel/Clinton DemocRAT Senate. This movie gives you that truth! Remember the following when viewing the movie: Dem Trial Lawyer Buddies have contributed $36 million this election alone to Dem candidates. (Federal Election Commission Website, www.fec.gov) LINK TO MOVIE: Personal Injury...
  • WHO IS FRED BARON? (Hint: Friend of Jr. Senator from NC!)

    09/25/2002 5:37:30 PM PDT · by PhiKapMom · 23 replies · 673+ views
    Republican National Committee ((RNCResearch@rnchq.org) ^ | 25 September 2002 | RNC Research Group
    Click here to view the COMPLETE document in Word format http://commrnc.grassroots.com/resources/FredBaronFinal_1_.doc Click here to view the COMPLETE document in PDF format http://commrnc.grassroots.com/resources/FredBaronFinal_1_.pdf WHO IS FRED BARON? Personal Injury Trial Lawyer Fred Baron Thinks He Runs The Democrat Senate. Not Surprising, Considering His Millions In Democrat Contributions And His Cozy Relationship With Fellow Personal Injury Trial Lawyer Senator John Edwards. ___________________________________________ Fred Baron (far left), Sen. John Edwards & Others BARON BOASTS THAT TRIAL LAWYERS RUN THE U.S. SENATE: “Lastly, there is another reason [a legislative solution to the asbestos litigation crisis] won’t happen. I picked up my Wall Street Journal...
  • Political spending most ever

    09/24/2002 10:28:56 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 149+ views
    Toledo Blade ^ | 9/23/02 | ANN McFEATTERS
    <p>The four-page letter from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was pleading. Democrats may lose control of the Senate on Nov. 5, she wrote in desperation. The bottom line? Send money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Lots of money.</p> <p>Hard-fought campaign-finance rules limiting soft money (the unrestricted money that national parties have been raising) go into effect at midnight on Nov. 5 - after polls close in an election in which 36 governors’ seats, all the House seats (about 35 are being hard-fought), and 34 Senate seats are at stake.</p>