Friday, December 09, 2005

Howard Dean in Abramoff Cash Fib


Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean denied on Sunday that any Democrats had taken money from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, even though several top Dems - including Sen. Hillary Clinton - have already announced they were giving their tainted Abramoff cash to charity.
That little detail didn't faze Dean, however - who insisted with a straight face to CNN's Wolf Blitzer:
"There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat." Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican.
Dean continued: "This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money. And we've looked through all of those FEC reports to make sure that's true."
Last week, Sen. Clinton's office announced that she would be donating $2,000 of her Abramoff jackpot to charity. The Republican National Committee says she took a total of $12,900 in Abramoff-linked cash.
Other Democrats who have pledged to return tainted donations include Sens. Tim Johnson and Barbara Mikulski - as well as leading House Democrat Charles Rangel.


If you liberal Democrats want to play the semantics game here go ahead.
This is just a further example of the Democrats grasping at ANYTHING to make their case.
When the news broke a few days ago you liberals were quick to say SEE THOSE GREEDY REPUBLICANS, then after it came out that Democrats took money as well, you called it Republican spin, NOW, fuckhead Dean makes a statement on CNN trying to deny it all together now the blog troops go out and try to sell his statement to the ignorant masses. GET A FUCKEN CLUE PEOPLE!

Democrats Also Got Tribal Donations
Abramoff Issue's Fallout May Extend Beyond the GOP
By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum and Derek WillisWashington Post Staff Writers
Friday, June 3, 2005
But Abramoff didn't work just with Republicans. He oversaw a team of two dozen lobbyists at the law firm Greenberg Traurig that included many Democrats. Moreover, the campaign contributions that Abramoff directed from the tribes went to Democratic as well as Republican legislators.
Bipartisan Spread Many of the top beneficiaries of the campaign contributions that Jack Abramoff and his team of lobbyists directed from Indian tribes were Democratic legislators.

Abramoff, Indian-Tribe Money Reached Deep Inside U.S. Congress - May 19 2005

Dorgan returns Abramoff money - December 14, 2005

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., received more than $55,000 in contributions from Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff and a colleague of the controversial lobbyist, campaign disclosure reports show.

Reid, other Democrats also feed at Abramoff hog trough
by steverino
Thu Nov 17, 2005 at 01:37:40 PM PDT
"Update: Please, let’s not have anybody try to defend Reid (and Ensign) on grounds that they were defending Nevada gaming. A number of California Indian tribes, much closer to Las Vegas and Reno than Louisiana is, already have casino gambling. I can accept that excuse for Breaux and Landrieu defending local gambling, but not for Reid (or Ensign). And, again, $66,000 isn't exactly pocket money.Now, more Republicans than Democrats, especially higher up the leadership ranks, participated in this. But, with Reid himself signing off, it's a lot harder for Democrats to raise this as a partisan issue. That means it's much less likely that, outside any trials, Congress will take any official further looks at it."

but them you have this.......

What was that about Abramoff giving money to Democrats? by John in DC - 1/04/2006 01:15:00 AM
Here is the list of who Abramoff gave money to, per Michael Petrelis' research:
$172,933 - Republican$88,985 - special interesttotal: $261,918That's 229 donations and not a DIME to Democrats.The list of donations is long, but it makes a great visual, so I'm posting it anyway. Next time you hear someone say that this is a bipartisan scandal, whip out this list and laugh.




Anonymous San Francisco Liberal said...

I really like Howard Dean, but his mouth sure does get him into trouble sometimes. He needs to find some balance between his off the cuff style and really thinking out and fact checking what he says.

The difference between the small campaing contributions that dems got from Abramoff and the perks given to republicans is as big as 18 holes in Scotland, but that doesn't really make Dean's statement true.

Anonymous Terrymum said...

Arguing that the Dem's who got illegal pay offs are some how less culpable because they amount of $$ they received is lower is like Clinton arguing that oral sex isn't sex...Oh wait...that's how it works in DC! If THEY do something, it is evil, wrong and grounds for outrage. If WE do something, oh well, boys will be boys.....Hypocrisy is the only consistent character trait. And that goes for BOTH sides of the political swamp.


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