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Congressman Chaka Fattah Indicted

Looks like another member of Congress is getting ready to join the Orange Jumpsuited Politician Group!

Rep. Chaka Fattah Indicted On Corruption Charges

WASHINGTON — Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Penn.) was indicted on federal corruption charges on Wednesday in connection with fraud around his unsuccessful 2007 campaign for mayor of Philadelphia.

In a 29-count indictment, federal prosecutors charged that Fattah and his associates were part of a racketeering conspiracy that involved “several schemes” intended to further their “political and financial interests.”

Prosecutors said Fattah, who was elected to Congress in 1994, and four associates were involved in a scheme to borrow $1 million from a wealthy donor, disguising it as a loan to a consulting company. After losing the election, Fattah reportedly returned $400,000 in unused campaign funds to the donor, then engaged in a series of maneuvers — including the misuse of federal grant funds — to repay the outstanding $600,000.

In addition, the indictment alleges a number of improper dealings between Fattah and Herbert Vederman, a lobbyist and a former deputy mayor of Philadelphia who served as the finance director for Fattah’s mayoral campaign. Vederman continued to serve in that capacity until at least 2011 as he negotiated the campaign’s outstanding debts, according to the indictment.

Fattah allegedly accepted payments and other things of value from Vederman while doing him a number of personal and political favors. The congressman offered a job to Vederman’s girlfriend, the prosecutors say, and at another point signed and hand-delivered a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to give Vederman an ambassadorship.

Fattah and his wife, Renee Chenault Fattah, also allegedly used bribery proceeds to “close on a vacation home” in the Poconos by falsely disguising an $18,000 payment on the home as a sale of their Porsche to Vederman.

The indictment also alleges that Fattah used campaign funds to pay for his and his wife’s personal expenses, as well as his son’s student loans…More...

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2015 in Orange Jumsuit Politicians

 

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Orange Jumpsuit Politician – Jesse Jackson, Jr.

This one goes under the heading of… What was he thinking?

 

Jesse L. Jackson Jr. sentenced to 30 months in prison

Jesse L. Jackson Jr., the namesake of the famed civil rights leader and once-promising Illinois congressman, was sentenced to 21 / 2 years in prison Wednesday for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign money to fund an extravagant lifestyle over many years.

In an emotional hearing in federal court in the District, Jackson said he failed to separate his personal life from his political activities and “could not have been more wrong.”

Jackson, 48, and his wife, Sandra Stevens Jackson, pleaded guilty in February to using about $750,000 in campaign funds to pay for high-end items, such as fur wraps and a gold-plated Rolex watch, in addition to private-school tuition and trips to Costco.

“I misled the American people, I misled the House of Representatives,” Jackson said as he dabbed his eyes with a pile of tissues. “I was wrong and I do not fault anyone.”

He asked to serve his term in Alabama, “far away from everybody for awhile.”

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson (no relation) said the former congressman and his wife used his campaign funds as a “personal piggy bank.”

“There may be blurred lines for Congress to follow when their lives are political, this case did not come near those areas,” she said after a more than three-hour hearing. “This was a knowing, organized joint misconduct that was repeated over many years.”

The judge also ordered Jackson to perform 500 hours of community service that is unrelated to politics. She sentenced Sandra Jackson to one year in prison.

Prosecutors said in court papers that Jesse Jackson Jr. was driven by “greed and entitlement,” and they asked the judge to sentence him to a prison term of four years, which falls on the lower end of federal guidelines.

In court Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves called Jackson’s crimes “staggering,” in part because the couple had sufficient independent financial resources, earning nearly $350,000 in 2011.

“These were extreme abuses that strike at the integrity of the campaign finance system,” Graves said.

The defense team asked for a term of less than four years, saying that a shorter term is critical to Jackson’s mental health and that a lengthy sentence would be “devastating” to the couple’s two children – ages 13 and 9…

In the spirit of bipartisanship…

Perhaps his new room mate will be Va. Governor Bob McDonnell, or AG Ken Cuccinelli…

 

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Keith Ellison Exposes Another Conservative Lie

Keith Ellison exposes one of the right wing’s favorite lies – that regulations always stymie business growth.

The reason that isn’t true is that many business regulations in the US spawn R&D and new businesses. The second reason that isn’t true has to do with the economic impact of not having safety or environmental regulations is far greater than having those regulations in place. Ergo, deregulation results in taxpayer subsidy to recover from the massive damages caused by environmentally unsound business practices. That corporate welfare thing … Again.

Trying to Explain Business 101 to Conservative Idiotlogues

Spearing Sacred Cows

Earlier this week, I was on MSNBC’s Up With Chris Hayes about jobs, the Occupy Wall Street movement and other issues. During the show I said I’m a fan of health and safety — not regulations. I said that some regulations have created jobs, since the industries being watched have to comply with the rules. For example, technological requirements can spur engineering improvement, which means employing engineers.

Well, the right wing went crazy. People who aren’t even from my congressional district called my office and blasted me over email and the Twitterverse. I had gored one of their sacred cows — deregulation — and they howled loudly.

So who’s right? Have health and environmental rules cost America jobs, or not? I said no. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Environmental Protection

Environmental spending creates jobs in engineering, manufacturing, construction, materials, operations and maintenance. Vehicle emissions standards directly sparked the development and application of a wide range of automotive technologies that are now found throughout the global automobile market. The vehicle emissions control industryemploys approximately 65,000 Americans with domestic annual sales of $26 billion. The worldwide market for environmental goods and services is worth over $700 billion, a size comparable to the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries.

If you want to know more about the wrongheaded jobs versus environmental protections argument check out the report, “Regulatory Uncertainty: A Phony Explanation for our Jobs Problem” by EPI’s Larry Mishel.

You know the situation: roughly 14 million Americans are out of work and 46.2 million live in poverty. The Republicans have held the House for almost 300 days but they’ve introduced no jobs bills. In fact, they shot down President Obama’s jobs bill like skeet. What have Republicans done? They’ve pushed for even more de-regulation in the name of “creating jobs.”

One last point:

Moody’s economist Mark Zandi, an advisor to John McCain’s presidential campaign, estimates the $61 billion in spending cuts proposed by the House Republicans will cost the economy 700,000 jobs by 2012. Wrongheaded policies.

 
 

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Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn Calls President Obama…A Tar Baby

Republican Tea Bagger types really can’t get their wee weenies out of their mouths.

The problem here isn’t the use of the term “Tar Baby” to describe a particularly intractable problem or messy issue that sucks you into a morass… Ala “the debt ceiling debate has become a real political tar baby for anyone who jumps in with an opinion.”

It’s personalizing it and calling the President himself a “Tar Baby”, which converts it into a racially derogatory term.

This guy is a right wingdizzie Republican, and a Tea Party favorite – so we already know there is a 99% chance he is a bigot. However – even right wing whackjobs like Mr. Lamborn have become pretty sensitive to the political implications of “bigot speak”. But an intelligent right wing whack job…

Is a bit of an oxymoron in the first place.

So here we have yet another example of Republican racist foot in mouth disease.

Doug Lamborn, Colorado Congressman, Refers To Obama Dealings As Being Stuck To A ‘Tar Baby’

Congressman Doug Lamborn, U.S. Representative for Colorado, was recently on the 630 KHOW Capils and Silverman radio show discussing President Obama, the President’s economic policies, and the debt ceiling deals being debated. Lamborn used a controversial phrase to describe working with the President:

Even if some people say, ‘Well the Republicans should have done this or they should have done that,’ they will hold the President responsible. Now, I don’t even want to have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get it, you’re stuck, and you’re a part of the problem now and you can’t get away. I don’t want that to happen to us, but if it does or not, he’ll still get, properly so, the blame because his policies for four years will have failed the American people. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Brown Crier Boehner’s Boner?

First they came for the Weiners…

Now it’s  Boehner’s turn?

BOEHNER Affair to be focus of NYTimes Expose

House Minority Leader John Boehner was asked by a liberal blogger Thursday to answer questions about an affair with a lobbyist, an allegation that will reportedly be the focus of an upcoming New York Times expose. Boehner ignored the question outright. Mike Stark, an activist and blogger, intercepted Leader Boehner after his highly publicized “Pledge to America” unveiling to ask him about the accusation: “Speaker Boehner, have you been cheating with Lisbeth Lyons, the lobbyist for the American Printing Association?” Stark asks. Boehner did not respond.

Now that the press has whacked Wiener – On to the next victim!

Turnabout… Indeed.

I bet the Republicans don’t get all weak in the knees and call for his resignation!

Think I will co-file this one under “Domestic Terrorism”.

 
 

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Congressman Pimp Slaps Conservative Scumbag

Couple of things go along with being a Congressman or Senator in Washington DC. The first is that the press is going to want to interview you, if you are front and center on any significant legislation or have “Bimbo problems”.

The second, as demonstrated by the Anthrax Attacks, and a gunman killing 2 Capitol Police in an attempt to shoot Congressmen – is that there are whack jobs out there who may try to harm you.

Despite these risks, Congressmen and Senators try and live normal lives – and unless there is some credible known threat, such as some of the whack job Tea Bagger driven threats against Pelosi and Reid, they don’t walk around with a protective detail or bodyguards.

Sans “Bimbo problems”, getting an interview with one of them isn’t very hard for any legitimate news outlet. Politicians by definition, want to be in the public eye. However – in view of the second thing above, “Ambush journalism” is probably not a good idea. Not the least because the Capitol Police may see you lame attempt at imitating the Acorn Pimp as an attack on a Representative…

And justifiably shoot your ass.

The second because you just might pick on a Democrat WITH cajones, as in this case…

And he pimp slaps your stupid ass all the way down C Street!

WTG Representative Bob Etheridge!

This one appears to be another Brietbart pimp wannabe – and you will notice he refuses to identify himself, give his name – and his face is obscured in the “video”. Which if he wasn’t up to something sleazy, he would have done. He also starts the confrontation by shoving the camera onto the Congressman’s face assaulting him, and starting with a pejorative question about the “Obama Agenda”…

As if the pimp slapping wasn’t enough. the Capitol Police should arrest this guy and his cameraman for assault and let them cool their pixels in DC Jail for a few days.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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Louisiana Rep Breaks Down Discussing Oil Disaster

This spill hurts real people –

Things got emotional in the House today, when Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon broke down during his testimony about the Louisiana oil spill. He began by rattling off a string of disasters that has befallen his state, like Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, and Ike. “It’s not been fun,” he said. Then, as his voice began to shake, he spoke of the impact of the “slow-motion tragedy” on the state’s people. “Our culture is threatened, our coastal economy is threatened, and everything that I know and love is at risk,” he said. Then, choked with emotion and unable to hide his tears, he continued, “Even though this marsh lies along coastal Louisiana, these are America’s wetlands.” Unable to finish, he asked that the rest of his written comments be submitted to the official record. Melancon, a Democrat, is running for David Vitters’ Senate seat this fall, according to Politics Daily.

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in News

 

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