Tag Archive | Corruption

Clinton Associate Involved In Post Office Scandal?


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.

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What Is It With Democratic Congressmen And Young Women?


As if Weinergate wasn’t enough, we now have Wugate… or something like that.

A distraught young woman called U.S. Rep. David Wu’s Portland office this spring, accusing him of an unwanted sexual encounter, according to multiple sources.

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ACORN In San Diego: Another Office, Same Old Story


Here is footage of another investigation performed by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles at an ACORN office in San Diego, California.

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ACORN Suspends Advising Clients


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].

Wade Rathke Defends ACORN – Blasts Conservatives And Fox News


Wade Rathke, ACORN’s co-founder and former chief organizer, blasts conservatives and Fox News for “unfair” coverage of and said to “be careful and fair about how it looks at the organization’s work.” Fox News reports:

Rathke has repeatedly blasted the news media and conservative groups for intentionally targeting ACORN because of its progressive agenda. In a posting on his “Chief Organizer Blog,” Rathke said the Census Bureau’s decision to break ties with ACORN showed “how willing the Obama administration is open to a cave-in to the conservatives on false pretenses on a completely fake ‘issue.'”

“This is all just more reputational McCarthyism as the rightwing and Republicans attack ACORN,” he wrote.

[Article - ACORN Co-Founder Defends Group's Integrity, Blasts 'Unfair' Critics].

That’s the problem. The news coverage and investigations are truthful and fair—that’s what is driving Rathke and those like him absolutely nuts. Rathke is in no position to speak of “integrity” and “social justice” [Article - 1. ACORN Founder Wade Rathke Wanted Terrorist Attack on Republican Convention to Succeed | 2. Wrathful Wade Rathke | 3. ACORN's board sues over records in funds theft | 4. Ousted ACORN members seek federal criminal investigation | 5. ACORN dissidents sued for embezzlement documents | 6. The Truth About ACORN].

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ACORN Investigation In San Bernardino: Shocking Footage And Admission By ACORN Worker


Yet another undercover investigation by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles involving child prostitution. This time they went to the left coast: San Bernardino, California. Is there any different advice given by the workers there? Let’s find out:

Wow! Shocking! The information does not change. It’s the same advice and much, much more for Mr. O’Keefe and Miss Giles. I guess it’s not an “east coast thing”. Tresa Kaelke, the ACORN worker in the video and being a former prostitute herself, empathizes with the “prostitute” portrayed by Hannah Giles. She is so understanding and helpful, being a free-thinking product of the 60s generation. She also freely discloses all of the politicians (even listing them by name) she lobbies for. Oh, but she doesn’t stop there. She goes on to reveal little tidbits about her past life and being married to an abusive husband, detailing that she…killed…him…in self-defense…. Read More…

ACORN Applies For More Government Money, In Spite Of Scandals And Corruption


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.

ACORN In New York: Assisting “Pimp” And “Prostitute” To Break The Law


In yet another “failed” attempt to “smear” ACORN, conservative filmmakers/investigators expose another ACORN office, this time in Brooklyn, New York. Here’s the “doctored” video:

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ACORN Investigation: City Of Baltimore’s And ACORN’s Accusations Don’t Hold Water


The City of Baltimore and the State of Maryland may prosecute video makers/freelance investigators James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles for doing something the state-run media should have been doing [Article - Maryland May Prosecute ACORN Sting Video Makers]. Fox News is the only news agency to give even the slightest attention to the investigation Mr. O’Keefe and Miss Giles performed, uncovering legally questionable activities involving workers from both the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. ACORN offices. We’ll see how the leftist “main stream” media spins this one. Right now, they are giving next to nothing as far as coverage of this developing scandal is concerned.

After speaking to a person who is well-versed in the application and enforcement of state law, according to the interpretation of Maryland state statutes, the man and woman who posed as a pimp and prostitute in both the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. offices of ACORN in the commission of an investigation, did not commit illegal acts and should not be charged with a crime. There is legal precedence for this and the Maryland statutes have been scrutinized in a well-known case of the past [Reference - A Summary of Maryland's Interception Law]. It should be brought out that the statutes covered in this post are Maryland state statutes and do not cover the City of Baltimore or Washington, D.C. local and/or municipal statutes.

Taken from the State of Maryland statutes, Article – Courts and Judicial Proceedings:

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ACORN Attempts Deflection Of Issues By Going After Fox News And Investigators


ACORN is threatening legal action against the investigators/filmmakers and Fox News who exposed corruption at two ACORN offices. It appears that the City of Baltimore and ACORN are both comparing notes, as ACORN is accusing filmmaker James O’Keefe and independent investigator Hannah Giles of committing a felony [Article - Filmmaker Demands Apology From ACORN for Claiming Undercover Video 'Doctored'].

This is just an effort to deflect attention away from the real issue, that being the fact that they actually were advising people on how to conceal an illegal underage prostitution operation. ACORN is no stranger to charges of corruption and criminal investigation. I suppose Mr. O’Keefe and Miss Giles could have gone into the ACORN offices and said, “Hello. We are undercover investigators posing as a pimp and prostitute. We are here to find out if there is legally questionable activity going on within the ACORN organization. Will you permit us to record video and audio as we carry out our investigation?”

Mr. O’Keefe has vowed to fight ACORN telling them to “Bring it on”. Now that ACORN is pushing back, state-run media has enough material to spin the information into hit pieces against the investigators and Fox News.

ACORN In Washington, D.C. Involved In Yet Another Prostitution Scandal


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):

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Democrats and the Culture of Corruption, Part Eleven


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.

Democrats and the Culture of Corruption, Part ten


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?

Stimulus: If It Was Good For Nazi Germany, It Is Good For Us


With all of the accusations flying from leftist Democrats, media outlets, etc. about anti-government health care town hall protestors, conservative media pundits and conservative talk radio hosts being Nazis, the vast hypocrisy of the left becomes even more exposed and abundantly clear. According to left-wingers, TEA party protestors and others like them are doing much to emulate “right-wing” Nazism.

A few months back, the New York Times published an article about the Obama “stimu-less”, entitled Stimulus Thinking, and Nuance.

I couldn’t find anything on this subject from any other media outlets, including Fox News. Although The New York Times has not established a record of being a conservative news source, are we to conclude that the article by David Leonhardt was written with a right-wing point-of-view? Since the left has attributed conservative and/or right-wing beliefs and causes (erroneously so) to those of Nazism, are we to assume that Nazi Germany’s stimulus plan was a conservative and/or right-wing success story [Article - Hitler's Economics]?

National Review Online has an article entitled Nazis for Me, but Not for Thee, explaining the previously-cited New York Times article. The NRO article does not denounce the NYT for publishing the article and I happen to agree with NRO. The NYT should not be denounced for several reasons.

First, the article does not endorse all or even most of the policies of Nazi Germany, just Hitler’s economic reforms that started in 1933. Second, a comparison between Nazi Germany’s economic policies were compared to those of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s administration and the Japanese stimulus of the 1990s, from which an opinion was extrapolated from that comparison. Third, the article was written to give more credence to President Obama’s stimulus plan and to prove that stimulus has worked in the past. Surely the examples that history has on record of the “successes” of stimulus are not limited to only those of Nazi Germany and Japan in the early 1990s. There have to be better examples to glean experiences from, right? How about from the era of FDR? No, the author of the NYT article wrote:

“When governments have taken aggressive steps to soften an economic decline, they have succeeded. The Germans did it in the 1930s. Franklin D. Roosevelt did so more haltingly, and had more halting results.”

Apparently, the economic policies of FDR were not as aggressive as the economic policies of Adolf Hitler. Of course, history points out that FDR’s economic policies did not pull the country out of the depression, but that it was in fact the advent of World War II that did. Since the NYT article was written by an objective “right-winger”, let’s ignore history on that fact (sarc-off).

Pertaining to the NYT article, the previously-mentioned NRO article hits the nail right on the head:

“Nazi Germany is a useful historical example of socialism run amok. The genocide and terrorism ultimately practiced by the Nazis were horrible — that goes without saying. But National Socialism went on for a dozen years, it was the last stage in a progressive nationalization of German society, and there was a lot more to it than genocide and terrorism. It cannot be that because there was genocide and terrorism, the socialist aspects of National Socialism are outside the lines of acceptable political discourse.”

The NRO article further states:

“The wisdom vel non of policies adopted during over a decade of Nazi socialism cannot be off the table simply because, in the end, the Nazis were monsters. We may find the seeds of their monstrousness in those policies, or we may not. But the thought that we should not talk about them is absurd. Notably, Leonhardt’s piece ran without any teeth-gnashing from Mort Kondracke and our other Beltway chaperones.”

History shows that Germany’s economic policy became a “means to an end” economic policy. They used their economic restructuring for the good of the few, not the many. They used their economy to build a deadly military juggernaut and to murder millions on innocents. Germany’s economy became fraught with widespread corruption, fraud, favoritism and theft. The people of Germany became the creators of their own demise. They were gradually transformed into wards of the state, no longer entrusted with the ability of individual thought, freedom and responsibility. In the end, the policies of Adolf Hitler and his various reichsministers or “czars”, led to the destruction of the country of Germany and a large number of its populace.

A history lesson for all of us because history has the uncanny ability of repeating itself.

House Democrat Finds Excuse To Avoid Speaking To Constituents


As congressional politicians prepare for their summer district work period, the Democrat members of the U.S. House of Representatives are bracing for fierce opposition to their proposed health care reform and climate change bills. They know the American people are angry with them and with President Obama . They know what they are doing is not only in violation of constitutional law, but it is the blatant ignoring of the will of the American people—the people they claim to represent.

A majority of the American people don’t want a government takeover of the health care industry, which is what a public health “option” would lead to. A majority of the American people don’t want their way of life and the American economy to suffer from the decisions of politicians who use flawed science and crackpot climate change theories to further their agendas. Neither do they want higher taxes that would result from both the health care reform and climate change bills.

What tactics are House politicians, House Democrats in particular, planning to employ? The old “duck and cover” tactic. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen; they know you’re mad as hell and that you aren’t going to take it anymore. So they are going to go into hiding and avoid their constituency altogether. Out of sight, out of mind…or so they think. What is the excuse they are most likely going to use to justify their cowardly tactics? They might use the same excuse as Congressman Tim Bishop (D-NY), who said this about his constituents after angry protesters confronted him at a town hall meeting on June 22 (as reported by POLITICO.com):

“‘I had felt they would be pointless,’ Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) told POLITICO, referring to his recent decision to temporarily suspend the events in his Long Island district. ‘There is no point in meeting with my constituents and [to] listen to them and have them listen to you if what is basically an unruly mob prevents you from having an intelligent conversation.'” [Article - Town halls gone wild]

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GOP Congressional Report: ACORN A Criminal Enterprise—Say It Isn’t So!


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:

Report: Is ACORN Intentionally Structured As a Criminal Enterprise?

And President Obama wants to use ACORN for the 2010 census [Article - 1. ACORN to Partner With Government for 2010 Census | 2. Obama and Acorn]. I wonder why?

For your edification:

Video – OBAMA CAUGHT SAYING ACORN AND FRIENDS WILL SHAPE HIS PRESIDENTIAL AGENDA

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ACORN Changing Its Name To Avoid “Undue” Attention And Criticism


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.

Democrats And The Culture Of Corruption, Part Nine


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.

Democrats and the Culture of Corruption, Part 7D


Here we go again

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.

And don’t forget the other Murtha scandals recounted here, and here, and here. Yet the Democrats simply sit back and do nothing about Murtha, as though his conduct was perfectly acceptable.

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.

Democrats and the Culture of Corruption – A Quick Review


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)

Senate:

  • 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.

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