This could be the start of yet another Clinton scandal…
Former U.S. Postal Service Governor Alan Kessler pressured postal executives to scuttle a planned property purchase that would have cost a friend millions of dollars, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. The IG also found that the Postal Service general counsel, Mary Anne Gibbons, failed to act as she should have to halt Kessler’s actions and report them to the IG.
Being mired in accusations and allegations of criminal activity, ACORN has suspended advising clients until after an independent review is completed.
ACORN’s chief executive Bertha Lewis stated that she was “ordering a halt to any new intakes into ACORN’s service programs until completion of an independent review.” She further stated:
“ACORN’s independent Advisory Council will help select an independent auditor/reviewer no later than September 18th to review all of the systems and processes called into question by the videos.”
Who are the members of ACORN’s Advisory Council?
The Advisory Council includes John Podesta, president of the liberal Center for American Progress; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland; Andrew Stern, international president of Service Employees International Union; Henry Cisneros, a former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; John Banks, vice president of Government Relations Con Ed; and Eric Eve, senior vice president of Global Consumer Group, Community Relations, of Citigroup.
[Article - ACORN says workers conduct 'indefensible'].
Gosh, golly, gee…their decisions aren’t going to be partial and biased. ACORN is stalling for time to regroup and perform damage control operations. It is a powerful organization and they aren’t going to let little things like corruption and scandal to stop them from furthering their various Marxist agendas [Article - 1. SEIU: ‘One of the Pillars of the ACORN Family’ | 2. Obama Advisor John Podesta Rips Glenn Beck as "Van's chief tormentor' | 3. Center for American Progress | 4. Trial of Ex-HUD Chief to Begin Tuesday | 5. John Banks Political Campaign Contributions 2008 Election Cycle | 6. CONSOLIDATED EDISON INC EMPLOYEES' POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE (CEIPAC) | 7. Soros Fund Management LLC SEC Form 13F | 8. Eric Eve Political Campaign Contributions 2008 Election Cycle].
ACORN, President Obama’s “community organizing” agency of choice, in the face of mounting scandals and corruption, have applied for more government funds [Article - ACORN wants another $6 million despite scandals]. In other words, taxpayer money.
ACORN has access to, but may not qualify for over $8 billion dollars of “stimu-less” money [Video - Who in Congress Is Helping ACORN Grow? | Article - 1. ACORN got $53 million in federal funds since 94, now eligible for up to $8 billion more | 2. Biased PolitiFact.com Covers for ACORN, Attacks Michele Bachmann | 3. ACORN's Stimulus].
We’ll find out if somebody in Congress will wise up and think twice before approving any application for funding from ACORN until the organization is thoroughly investigated.
UPDATE: Fellow blog poster CW stole my thunder a little bit [Blog Post - Senate Votes To Cut Off Federal ACORN Funding]. It seems ACORN’s money spigot is temporarily shut off for now.
Say it isn’t so again and again!
ACORN has been exposed in yet another scandal involving prostitutes. Coincidentally, just like in Baltimore, the ACORN workers in the following videos proceed to provide the same “services” and offer the same “advice” for the “pimp” and “prostitute” (undercover investigators):
That was so much fun, let’s do two! (Hey, as a baseball fan, I enjoy a double-header).
Looks like some Democrats still don’t wanna pay their fair share of taxes…
House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel , already beset by a series of ethics investigations, has disclosed more than $500,000 in previously unreported assets.
Among the new items on Rangel’s amended 2007 financial disclosure report were an account at the Congressional Federal Credit Union worth at least $250,000, an investment account with at least $250,000, land in southern New Jersey and stock in PepsiCo and fast food conglomerate Yum! Brands. None of those investments appeared on the original report, which was filled out by hand and filed in May 2008.
Of course, if you don’t report investments, you don’t pay taxes on them.
The best take on this, however, comes from the aptly-named Sunlight Foundation:
Obviously, the 28 occasions we tallied of Rangel omitting information from his financial disclosures is inaccurate–it’s too low.
And now, back to this series highlighting what the self-anointed elite think they can get away with…
Aug. 25 (Bloomberg) — Hassan Nemazee, chairman of Nemazee Capital Corp. and a fundraiser for President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, was arrested on charges he used phony documents to trick Citigroup Inc. into lending him as much as $74 million.
But wait, it’s not just the Clintons and Obamas that this guy worked for.
Nemazee is one of the leading fundraisers for the Democratic Party. He served as national finance chairman for the Senate committee that works to elect Democrats when it was run by New York Senator Charles Schumer.
And that’s still not all…
Nemazee also served as New York finance chairman for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry during his 2004 run for the presidency.
Ya know, I didn’t see any Republican names in there… did you?
This can’t be true! Say it isn’t so! According to a report done by GOP members of the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), Community Organizations International (COI) or whatever they call themselves these days (for purposes of this posting, it will be ACORN), is being labeled a criminal organization [Article - GOP Congressional Report Accuses ACORN of Political Corruption, Widespread Fraud].
Read the lengthy report:
For your edification:
Video – OBAMA CAUGHT SAYING ACORN AND FRIENDS WILL SHAPE HIS PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA
Well now ACORN is changing its name, which has been associated with theft, fraud and corruption. “Community Organizations International” (COI?) will be the new name for the former ACORN. In an attempt to intimidate the opposition, the former ACORN has threatened to file lawsuits. Maybe they should take opponents to court, so that they can be exposed in the public arena for what they really are.
In an attempt to further intimidate and harass others, the former ACORN’s affiliate organization “Project Vote” has filed suit against an anonymous whistle-blower and against former employee Anita MonCrief, who testified under oath on voter registration allegations. This is a classic example of how leftists intimidate and bully those who either don’t agree with them or who oppose them [Article - ACORN drops tarnished name and moves to silence critics]. Tolerance? Integrity? Civility? I think not.
And yet another Democrat is included in the PMA Group mess:
Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) has been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury looking into the PMA Group, a once-high flying lobbying firm that collapsed after a federal raid in November.
The Visclosky subpoena is the first formal indication that the criminal probe into PMA extends to Capitol Hill, even though connections between certain lawmakers and PMA have been widely reported. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), chairman of the powerful Defense subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, has received most of the headlines for his PMA-related ties, but he has not received a subpoena at this time, according to sources close to the Pennsylvania Democrat.
The Visclosky subpoena seeks documents from his office related to PMA, but at this point does not appear that he has been asked to testify before a grand jury.
“Federal law enforcement officials have issued grand jury subpoenas to my congressional office, campaign committees, and certain employees to request documents relating to PMA,” Visclosky said in a statement.
“It is my intention to fully cooperate with the investigation consistent with my constitutional obligations to Congress and my duties and responsibilities to my constituents.
Visclosky also had extensive dealings with PMA, including receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from PMA, its employees and clients while at the same time steering tens of millions of dollars in spending earmarks to the PMA clients. And Viscosky’s former chief of staff, Rich Kaelin, went to work for PMA.
Receiving campaign donations from the same company he’s steering earmarks to? This is called corruption, folks. And so far I’ve not heard a single Republican connected with PMA. This one is all Democrat, and they appear to be spending more effort on denying there is a problem than cleaning it up.
Take a lesson from Nixon, folks–it’s always the cover-up that does the most damage.
Over the past five years, a local defense contractor with close ties to Rep. John P. Murtha, a Democrat who has represented southwestern Pennsylvania for three decades, has selected several small police departments in the region to receive $10 million in Justice Department grants.
The company, Mountaintop Technologies, was selected by the lawmaker in a series of earmarks to hand out and monitor the grants. As it distributed the money to the departments, the firm would explain each time that it was arriving through the largess of Murtha — often just before fall elections.
Once she learned from the investigators that Monongahela’s police department was getting money outside of normal channels, City Clerk Carole Foglia was disturbed.
“I wasn’t happy with the situation at all,” Foglia said. “I didn’t want to be involved in anything that was done improperly, because that’s not the way I work in my office. And this was improper. No question about it.”
The tale of how a defense company ended up getting paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to distribute federal police grants is a chapter in a larger story of Mountaintop Technologies, its far-flung operations and its dependence on Murtha. The Johnstown firm has received at least $36 million in the past eight years in earmarks and military contracts, without competition and with the backing of Murtha, the powerful chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee. It also hired the lobbying firm where Murtha’s brother worked.
The reason is simple: modern-day Democrats are not about helping people, they’re not into honor and doing the right thing the right way, they are interested in one thing only: power. Getting rid of Murtha (or Pelosi, or any of the other scandal-ridden Congressional Democrats) would rob them of their filibuster-proof majority and thus take away a large portion of their power. That’s a large part of why Murtha has gotten away with this for so long and why he will keep getting away with it until the voters in his district kick him out. The Democrats have absolutely no interest in removing him, and probably won’t unless it seems sure the voters are rebelling against their corruption…by which time it will be too late.
The nice folks at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has compiled a list (.pdf) of Members of Congress who are under investigation… and it’s quite illuminating.
Here’s the names and party affiliations:
House of Representatives:
- Sanford Bishop (D-GA)
- Jesse Jackson, Jr (D-IL)
- Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
- Gary Miller (R-CA)
- Allan Mollohan (D-WV)
- Timothy Murphy (R-PA)
- John Murtha (D-PA)
- Charles Rangel (D-NY)
- Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
- Loretta Sanchez (D-CA)
- Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
- Don Young (R-AK)
- Roland Burris (D-IL)
- Kent Conrad (D-ND)
- Chris Dodd (D-CT)
- Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
I’ve color-coded them to make it easier to distinguish.
By my count, that’s 12 Democrats, 4 Republicans. Or three Democrats under investigation for every Republican.
As I said before, perhaps those Democrats who really want to clean up the “culture of corruption” (if any truly exist) should start within their own party.