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  1. Mrs.PatsFanInVa

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    #24 Jersey

    Federal law enforcement agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the use of American Express cards issued by the Republican Party of Florida to elected officials and staff, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.

    The IRS is also looking at the tax records of at least three former party credit card holders — former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio, ex-state party chairman Jim Greer and ex-party executive director Delmar Johnson — to determine whether they misused their party credit cards for personal expenses, according to a source familiar with the preliminary inquiry.

    Rubio billed the party for more than $100,000 during the two years he served as House speaker, according to credit card statements obtained by the St. Petersburg Times and Miami Herald. The charges included repairs to the family minivan, grocery bills, plane tickets for his wife and purchases from retailers ranging from a wine store near his home to Apple's online store. Rubio also charged the party for dozens of meals during the annual lawmaking session in Tallahassee, even though he received taxpayer subsidies for his meals.

    Rubio acknowledged in February that he double-billed state taxpayers and the party for several plane flights from South Florida to Tallahassee. He said he would pay the party back about for eight flights totaling about $3,000, but the party said Tuesday it had not received a check.

    Harris said the campaign has determined that only six were double-billed and is waiting for the party to verify the exact amount.

    Rubio's tax attorney, Steve Wasserstein, said Tuesday that the double-billing was an "accounting mistake'' that does not require an amended filing and will be easily rectified when Rubio repays the party.



    U.S. attorney, IRS and FBI investigating Florida GOP credit card use - St. Petersburg Times

    How does one "accidentally" double-bill? Repeatedly?
     
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    OH-OH! TROUBLE IN DINGOBAT LOONY LAND

    Five million first-time voters turned out in 2008, many drawn by Obama's promise of hope and overwhelmingly voting for Democrats. Now disappointed, or at least apathetic, they may not go to the polls this year.

    Obama's support has dropped below 50 percent from nearly 70 percent after 15 months in office, Gallup opinion polls show.

    Gay rights supporters, anti-abortion activists, environmentalists and backers of immigration reform all have seen their agendas stalled, with watered-down healthcare the main accomplishment of Obama's once-ambitious agenda.
    Obama backers show signs of disappointment | Reuters
     
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    #24 Jersey

    Hey, I feel much better about widespread credit card fraud and accidental double-billing to say nothing of spousal car repairs, food, airplane hangers and miscellanous parties being paid for on the Republican dime already.

    Far as I'm concerned nothing negates voter apathy better than any of the above.
     
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    If there are criminal activities throw the pubbies in jail. Now about the New Black Panther people intimidating voters to try to prevent people from voting, when will the Feds get back to that instead of giving those criminals a pass.
     
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    Any one else care to join me counting attempts at distraction, deflection, subject changing and counter-charging? I have a feeling, given my well-known inability to do anything mathametical, that I'm going to run out of fingers to count on before this is over.
     
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    #24 Jersey

    They're already there, 13. I'm curious, is there a reason you don't keep up with things that you're so concerned about?

    Tuesday, April 20, 2010

    Hearing on the New Black Panther Party Voter Intimidation Case [Peter Kirsanow]

    For nearly a year, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has been investigating the Department of Justice’s voluntary dismissal of a voter intimidation suit against the New Black Panther Party and some of its members.

    On Friday morning of this week, the commission will conduct a public hearing on the matter. A number of witnesses are expected to testify concerning the incident that gave rise to DOJ’s lawsuit. A second hearing will likely take place in May to adduce additional evidence from the DOJ.

    The commission will issue a report on its findings to the president and Congress in the next few months.


    Hearing on the New Black Panther Party Voter Intimidation Case - Peter Kirsanow - The Corner on National Review Online
     
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    Shhhhhhh, the Black Panthers aren't "fair game" as the White Tea Party Bastards are, one has to be very careful what one says about the Black Panthers and their "night sticks at the polling place" shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    DEPORT AUNT ZUCCHINI (she's a criminal)
    DOES BUSH HAVE ANY ILLEGAL ALIEN RELATIVES
    BICK CHENEY IS OBAMA'S COUSIN........:singing:
     
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    Good work, Harry...that's # 3,4,5, and 6 diversions in one post.
     
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    Depending on what the protocal is, double billing, or forgetting to bill, for reimbursements is certainly plausible. Where I would be concerned, is with respect to what is being claimed as a reimbursable. The math is always easy to follow when it comes to this stuff. The explanation of what something was for, is what's important.
     
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    The usual deflection tactic is predictable. As I've said before, this is the Republican understanding of transparency -- they think it relates to their tactics, rather than their finances.

    Welp, the finances are transparent now... in one more way... I wonder how much of this stuff is still to come?

    So let's see how the GOP brand is faring, less than 5 months before a national election...

    - trying to stall reform that will make their Wall Street allies accountable for their own risk-taking;

    - Spending their donors' money on S&M strip clubs;

    - Spending donors' money on personal car repairs, flights, etc. (this story);

    - Despite what they habitually describe as a national mood dead set against the Obama administration, the RNC has disproportionately spent its money on anything but electoral campaigns, and still doesn't have the bulging war-chest one would imagine, going into an election season (I believe the DNC, despite its historically lower per-member contributions, still is leading the funding race);

    - A nascent quasi third party primarily drawing from its base;

    - The purging of its moderates in order to channel the loud base back into the Party.

    The national truism is that the party out of power picks up a big swing in a mid-term election. It's like the GOP is trying to be the party of "NO" to that too.

    I see that Harry complains the administration only got "watered down" health care, by the way -- so basically the right wing whack jobs agree his achievements have been normal moderate change that is to be expected. Harry's right.

    We'll see what the narrative will be about Obama's subsequent handling of the Bush bailouts. Seems like he's gotten just about all the TARP money out of the GOP's Wall Street buddies, and is now working on making them foot their own bill, rather than be able to scream "TOO BIG TO FAIL!!!"

    There's a bill underway right now that makes big banks responsible for the failure of any of their brethren to defray systemic risk. That will, eventually, be another Administration win.

    After the last couple years' boondoggles, large and small, does anybody really think the pubbies are going to get elected saying they know how to handle money???

    :rofl:
     
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    Yes, indeed they are.

    The Democratic National Committee last month raised decidedly more than the Republican National Committee in large contributions and also took in slightly more than its partisan counterpart in smaller donations.

    In outraising the RNC in March by $13.7 million to $11.6 million, the DNC took in $4.5 million in itemized donations (those that aggregate to more than $200) and took in another $9.1 million in unitemized donations. The RNC raised $2.7 million in over-$200 contributions and $8.6 million in under-$200 contributions.

    According to a CQ Politics analysis, 33 donors gave the maximum $30,400 contribution to the DNC and just 10 individuals maxed out to the RNC. Author Stephen King and Maine real estate developer Bobby Monks were among those who gave the maximum to the DNC.

    Because the DNC raised more than the RNC and spent essentially the same amount as its partisan opposite ($9.7 million), it registered a larger increase in its cash-on-hand. The DNC had $14.7 million left to spend as April began and had $3.4 million in debts, while the RNC had $11.3 million in the bank and no debts.

    In the first three months of this year, the DNC slightly outraised the RNC, $30.3 million to $29.9 million.


    DNC Outperformed RNC Among Larger Donors - The Eye (CQ Politics)
     

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