Wow! This one included back door payments of $100 k or more to the athlete’s family…
Wow! This one included back door payments of $100 k or more to the athlete’s family…
Wow! Now that Pizza has officially been been classified by Congress as a Vegetable, it is only a matter of time before it is in all the seed catalogs!
I mean – if it is a veggie – you ought to be able to order your double pepperoni and cheese with anchovy and mushrooms and plant the seeds right out back. 45 days for a medium – 60 for a large!
One question though… Should I make space for it next to the zucchini or the basil plants?
On Tuesday, Congress decided that pizza is a vegetable. I have to imagine that this news instilled confusion in many Americans, as many Americans are (a) familiar with pizza, (b) familiar with vegetables and (c) sane.
But, to provide specifics that will in no way dispel your lingering thoughts that we are governed by morons but at least allow you some anthropological insight into how a group of morons who have been given permission to sit in a fancy room in Washington, D.C., and grunt at each other actually think, here is their thinking: Pizza is a vegetable for the purposes of determining what goes into public school lunches by virtue of the fact that pizza traditionally includes a schmear of tomato paste. (Botanically speaking, tomatoes are actually fruit, but we’re going to have to just let that slide.)
At any rate, you may still be wondering how it came to pass that Congress arrived at the conclusion that pizza could count as a serving of vegetables. Wonder no more! Congress was guided along this path by lobbyists. And lobbyists can do all sorts of things, by magic! (Except provide nutritious lunches for children.)
Right on the tail of the Cain sexual harassment story, comes the Cain…
Campaign Finance debacle.
Moving money between a charity and a political campaign is definitely illegal, a big no-no – and should result in prosecution.
But the thing that caught my eye was near the bottom of the article – where it is reported that Cain paid $100,000 to speak to a black conservative organization. In the strange world of black conservative front organizations – “Cornbread“, didn’t get paid to speak as you would normally expect…. Cornbread had to pay a black conservative group $100,000 to listen to him!
Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain, whose candidacy is under siege followingsexual harassment allegations, also faces new questions about financial ties between his fledgling campaign and a private charity launched by two of his top aides.
Citing interviews and internal financial documents, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reportsthat a Wisconsin tax-exempt charity called Prosperity USA footed the bill for about $40,000 worth of iPads, chartered jet services and other expenses as Cain’s campaign got off the ground this year.
Expenses totaling $37,372 are listed in the group’s financial records as “due from FOH,” or Friends of Herman Cain, the name of his campaign committee. It is not clear whether Cain repaid the alleged debts, which are not listed in his personal or campaign disclosures.
Such payments are forbidden under federal tax and election laws, because nonprofit charities are not allowed to participate or donate money or services to political campaigns, according to election-law experts.
“It looks like a law school exam on potential campaign-finance violations,” said Lawrence H. Norton of Womble Carlyle, former general counsel at the Federal Election Commission. “Many of these payments would be prohibited contributions under federal election law.”
Prosperity USA was founded by Mark Block, Cain’s chief of staff, and Linda Hansen, deputy chief of staff. Block launched Prosperity USA and a related group after he had headed the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a tea party-aligned organization based in Washington.
Block said Monday that the campaign has requested an independent investigation of the allegations. He did not provide further details.
“As with any suggestions of this type, we have asked outside counsel to investigate the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s suggestions and may comment, if appropriate, when that review is completed,” Block wrote in an e-mail…
Cain began taking donations for his then-quixotic presidential campaign in January. Bank records cited by the Journal Sentinel show Prosperity USA paid for $15,000 for a trip to Atlanta, $17,000 for chartered flights and $5,000 for travel and meeting costs in Iowa, Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas and Louisiana. The newspaper also said the Cain campaign was billed $3,700 for iPads purchased Jan. 4.
Records obtained by the Milwaukee newspaper also appeared to show a $100,000 payment to the Congress on Racial Equality, a conservative black group, shortly before Cain served as the keynote speaker at the group’s annual dinner, the newspaper said. The expense was apparently covered by $150,000 worth of loans to Prosperity USA by unidentified supporters, the report said…
Turns out the Judge who ruled against Obamacare was on the payroll…
In a stunning case of courtroom malfeasance, turns out the Judge owns part of a company lobbying against Healthcare…
And which received money from Cuccinelli!
Hat Tip to HuffPo for spotting this one!
The federal judge set to issue one of the first decisions on the Obama administration’s health care law has financial ties to both the attorney general who is challenging the law and to a powerhouse conservative law firm whose clients include prominent Republican officials and critics of reform.
This week, District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson is likely to render a procedural verdict on the Virginia Attorney General’s lawsuit which contends that the federal health care overhaul is unconstitutional. The Bush appointee has been hearing oral arguments in his Richmond courtroom dating back to March. His verdict could serve as an important template for more than a dozen other states following Virginia’s lead.
But with power comes scrutiny. And as judgment day approaches, a Democratic source sends over judicial disclosure forms Hudson filed that could raise questions about his impartiality. From2003 through 2008, Hudson has been receiving “dividends” from Campaign Solutions Inc., among other investments. In 2008, he reported income of between $5,000 and $15,000 from the firm. (Data from 2009 was not available at the Judicial Watch database.)
A powerhouse Republican online communications firm, Campaign Solutions, has done work for a host of prominent Republican clients and health care reform critics, including the RNC and NRCC (both of which have called, to varying degrees, for health care reform’s repeal). The president of the firm, Becki Donatelli, is the wife of longtime GOP hand Frank Donatelli, and is an adviser toformer Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, among others.
Another firm client is Ken Cuccinelli, the Attorney General of Virginia and the man who is bringing the lawsuit in front of Hudson’s court. In 2010, records show, Cuccinelli spent nearly $9,000 for Campaign Solutions services.
Campaign Solutions did not immediately return a request for information on the judge’s relationship with the company.
The nexus between the chief lawyer and the judge spurs questions about judicial objectivity. At the very least, it shows how tightly connected the legal and political worlds can be and how difficult it is to remove the partisan threads from the heath care related lawsuits.
Dirty money? You bet!
The Virginia Congress should be investigating, and looking at impeaching the Kook.
The US Congress should be investigating and looking at impeaching Hudson.
The FBI should be investigating both these guys for fraud and money laundering.
The “C Street Crew” – a group of Republican legislators who lived in subsidized housing partially paid for by a religious cult is back in the news…
Seems that these same Senators and Congressmen most noted for their dalliances with women other than their wives…
Were doing the freak-nasty on Al Quaeda’s dime.
And who knows what else the money paid for?
A group of activist ministers in Ohio has asked the Internal Revenue Service to investigate the tax status of an outfit that sponsors the National Prayer Breakfast, saying that it took money six years ago from an alleged Islamic terrorist financier.
ClergyVoice said in a letter to the IRS that the Fellowship Foundation violated its standing as a tax-exempt group when it accepted two $25,000 checks in May and June of 2004 from the Islamic American Relief Agency, the Washington Post reported Thursday. The Islamic charity turned up on the Senate Finance Committee list of terrorist financiers in January 2004.
The Fellowship Foundation told the Post it has tightened its vetting of donors and that it neither retained the relief agency money nor used it to pay for trips taken by GOP senators such as Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and John Ensign of Nevada. The foundation has been associated with a house on C Street near Capitol Hill where several senators and House members stay while in Washington.
The Missouri-based Islamic American Relief Agency was raided and shut down by federal agents in October 2004, but in the months following it started a quiet lobbying campaign to clear its name. Government wiretaps and material collected in the raid resulted in federal indictments of the agency’s officers and ultimately a guilty plea this year by its chief executive, Mubarak Hamed. He acknowledged sending one of the $25,000 checks to the International Foundation — a name used by the Fellowship group — in 2004.
In his plea, Hamed said the plan was to pay for lobbying by former Rep. Mark D. Siljander (D-Mich.) who, Hamed said, promised to help the relief agency get off of the Senate’s terrorist list. In July, Siljander pleaded guilty to acting as the charity’s unregistered agent in meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. He admitted lying to federal officers about his role, the Post said. In addition, the Justice Department said the money involved was stolen from a grant given to the charity by the U.S. Agency for International Development for relief work in Mali.
Fellowship Foundation President Richard E. Carver said Wednesday that with improved screening of potential donors, “Hopefully, we would not have a repeat of this experience.”