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Cong. Latourette R-Oh, linked to Ratners and Abramoff
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There has been much discussion here of the gambling ballot issue (constitutional amendment). Today, Yellow Dog Sammy, the preeminent Ohio blogger, puts the story together at his site

There's a powerful stink of pay-to-play influence-peddling coming from Ohio's 14th Congressional District, despite the denial by Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Painesville) of any wrongdoing after his name came up in the Abramoff scandal. Records show that LaTourette has received large amounts of campaign cash from the Ratner family of Cleveland, of the Forest City real estate empire, who recently received a colossal development contract from a federal agency supervised by a LaTourette-chaired Congressional subcommittee.

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It is important to note that the Ratner family and Forest City are intensely interested in gambling. They and other Cleveland interests formed the Ohio Earn and Learn Committee, which is spending something like $15 million to promote a state constitutional amendment on the ballot in Ohio this November that would place slot machines at certain race tracks and in other locations in Cleveland, including a location controlled by Forest City. If the measure passes, the promoters estimate the slot machine revenues could exceed $2.5 billion per year, with 38% slated for education and economic development. Forest City also has an interest in a gambling/development opportunity in Pittsburgh. Gambling is thus a common thread connecting them to David Safavian, the former gaming lobbyist, and Abramoff and his Indian tribe clients, also pursuing gambling opportunities.

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Much more research is needed on the ties among the Ratner/Salzberg interests, LaTourette, the GSA, and the variety of people and firms who lobby for those interested in gambling/development opportunities. I am certain that the constellation of small contributions linked to these people and companies is much larger than what I have noted, and the precise interaction of LaTourette and his subcommittee and the GSA remains to be detailed. However, the whole situation is at the least extremely suspicious, just based on what has been uncovered to date.

There is much more to this and I am short on time to post. go to the website: /
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  -Cong. Latourette R-Oh, linked to Ratners and Abramoff TheBorealAvenger  Oct-12-06 04:39 PM   #0 
  - LOTS of good stuff at that website including these numbers:  cmd   Oct-12-06 05:39 PM   #1 
  - THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT POST ON OHIO FORUM  poli speak   Oct-12-06 08:04 PM   #2 
  - Just a note about the GSA  cmd   Oct-13-06 06:22 AM   #4 
     - If we can take down LaTourette  poli speak   Oct-13-06 08:10 AM   #5 
        - Here's a start  cmd   Oct-13-06 09:06 AM   #6 
  - I am very interested in this and LaTourette is my congressman. Question?  Ninga   Oct-12-06 11:06 PM   #3 
  - Money numbers for Ohio gambling and casino influence here  poli speak   Oct-13-06 09:12 AM   #7 
  - Over half of LaTourette's money comes from PACS  poli speak   Oct-13-06 09:19 AM   #8 
  - Does anyone know what "The Freedom Project" is?  poli speak   Oct-13-06 09:30 AM   #9 
  - Boehner's PAC to elect republicans  cmd   Oct-13-06 10:22 AM   #10 
     - did Boehner pass it off to LaTourette?  poli speak   Oct-13-06 11:48 AM   #12 
        - could be. I'll have to dig some more n/t  cmd   Oct-13-06 12:27 PM   #16 
           - I think LaTourette is the current "sponsor"  poli speak   Oct-13-06 12:33 PM   #17 
              - I think it is still Boehner  cmd   Oct-13-06 03:45 PM   #22 
                 - that's exactly why they give to both; when something comes up, they have  poli speak   Oct-13-06 04:12 PM   #24 
                    - not that there's anything necessarily wrong with tha t, except that the  poli speak   Oct-13-06 08:13 PM   #29 
  - The trail is not cold yet....  AnOhioan   Oct-13-06 11:19 AM   #11 
  - If you look, you will see that they are the largest donors in  WCGreen   Oct-13-06 12:24 PM   #15 
     - Sammy's point is that the $$$ went up with the Anacostia project  TheBorealAvenger   Oct-13-06 01:11 PM   #18 
        - The timing comes into play here...  AnOhioan   Oct-13-06 01:36 PM   #19 
           - La Tourette didn't need money before 2000....  WCGreen   Oct-13-06 03:42 PM   #20 
              - Actually, LaTourette did not need heavy donations until 2004  AnOhioan   Oct-13-06 04:22 PM   #25 
                 - He needed money to advance in the GOP House Leadership...  WCGreen   Oct-13-06 04:26 PM   #26 
                    - Maybe so...but I smell a behind the scenes deal.  AnOhioan   Oct-13-06 04:44 PM   #27 
                       - That would be so great....  WCGreen   Oct-13-06 07:59 PM   #28 
  - The Ratners give everyone money......  WCGreen   Oct-13-06 12:19 PM   #13 
  - to cover all bets  poli speak   Oct-13-06 12:22 PM   #14 
     - In Cuyahoga County, they actually give more to the Dem's  WCGreen   Oct-13-06 03:45 PM   #21 
        - and a lot to Voinovich  poli speak   Oct-13-06 04:11 PM   #23 
        - In trying to do work and also blog today,  poli speak   Oct-13-06 08:23 PM   #30 
  - Abramoff-LaTourette link  poli speak   Oct-15-06 08:44 AM   #31 
  - Ohio R Chair's press release Friday makes me even more suspicious  poli speak   Oct-15-06 08:57 AM   #32 
  - And dont forget the Duke connection  poli speak   Oct-15-06 09:05 AM   #33 
  - LaTourette's opponent is Lew Katz...  AnOhioan   Oct-17-06 06:34 PM   #34 
  - Steve LaTourette (R-Painesville)  InkAddict   Oct-22-06 01:23 AM   #35 
  - More threads about LaTourette  AnOhioan   Oct-22-06 10:35 PM   #36 
  - Feds expanding Abramoff inquiry, LaTourette at risk?  AnOhioan   Oct-24-06 06:13 PM   #37 
     - good  poli speak   Oct-24-06 10:43 PM   #38 

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