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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 07:40 AM
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Federal Judge Will Have Final Say On $28 Million Plea (Cheney & Clinton connections)
Source: WGRZ

A western New York businessman will be fined millions of dollars for falsely billing the Department of Defense and he likely will not serve any time behind bars.

Christopher Alf, an Amherst native, who splits his time between homes on Florida and Hamburg, was not in court on Thursday.

He has one of the best legal teams money could buy. The team consists of Vice President Cheney's personal lawyer and the man who served as Secretary of the Air Force during the Clinton administration.

Senator Charles Schumer expressed dismay. He told 2 On Your Side "blue collar criminals, they go to jail, I don't see why white collar criminals don't because they can hire fancy lawyers. Anybody who rips off the federal government should never get another government contract again."

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Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign benefited from Alf to the tune of $2,300.
Her spokesman, Blake Zeff, says the check was returned.



Read more: http://www.wgrz.com/sports/sports_article.aspx?storyid=...
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mcollier Donating Member (887 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:17 AM
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1. What is with all these
Sleezy criminals associated with Hillary Clinton... Why are they so eager to give her money. Same story day after day.....

Must Read More: http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=076fd56f-4aca...
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OKthatsIT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:25 AM
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7. Vinod 'Vin' Gupta is a Clinton Sugar Daddy
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:41 AM
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2. No there there
Looks like a non-connection to Clinton.
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mcollier Donating Member (887 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:22 AM
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4. It is there - check the link
Hillary is about to enter the Vetting process.

These guys would get totally destroyed by their own miscalculations... Because there is a lot of garbage coming out of the Clinton campaign...
The American People have seen enough garbage... We're in desparate need of something new... Something good... Something we'd feel good about bringing into our home...
We normally throw the garbage out and leave it by the side of the road...

If the Clintons think they can win by bringing this filthy garbage into our homes, they are seriously mistaken...
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OKthatsIT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 10:11 AM
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6. Putting your 'head in the sand' isn't making it go away
Clinton and Bush are in the same Gang. As in Gangsters for the Banksters.

They are all Rockefeller's + Rothschild minions.
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 05:36 PM
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10. Heard that all thru the 90's, big talk, no substance
Bring it on.

Just don't waste my tax dollars on it this time around. Tell Obama to find his own sugar daddy to pay for an investigation of whatever faux scandal he trumps up. :hi:
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pattmarty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 08:50 AM
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3. You can fucking well bet that if it was any of us on this board......
...... we damn well would SPEND TIME IN JAIL.
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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-10-08 11:48 AM
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12. Gonzo style justice
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 09:53 AM
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5. Criminals justify their actions because of this.
They say ...the rich man rips off people and gets a slap on the butt but when we steal a car we get 2 years in the slammer. They say ...the rest of society is no better than them because they rip off others legally. They say ...the government murders innocent people in other countries but if they do that here then they get prison and execution. IMO the criminal is correct and rational. If you only have one life you might as well pull off the largest rip off that you can get away with. Obviously, that is what these businessmen, corporations and ceo's are doing.
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WarholPop Donating Member (61 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 01:23 PM
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8. Bill Lerach & Mel Weiss
Bill Lerach just got sentenced to two years in jail for his role in a fraudulent kickback scheme involving paid plaintiffs and false declarations to the court. Mother Jones has been covering the case in detail, and just a few weeks ago had this to say:

So it's no small irony that Lerach will soon be joining some of those corrupt CEOs in federal prison. On Monday, a federal judge handed Lerach a two-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to a felony count of conspiring to obstruct justice. He was charged for his role in a long-running illegal scheme at his former law firm, Milberg Weiss, a scheme designed to give Lerach and his partners an upper hand in major national class actions. For 25 years, lawyers at the New York City-based firm, including Lerach, allegedly paid kickbacks to plaintiffs in shareholder lawsuits. The firm paid one plaintiff, a California ophthalmologist, nearly $7 million to use him, his family members, and other of his associates as plaintiffs in at least 70 class action lawsuits.

The scheme had very little to do with combating corporate fraud and a lot to do with making money. The first lawyer to file and win certification for a class action usually controls all the other litigation on that particular claim nationally, and thus, gets the biggest fees. That's why Lerach worked so hard to win the race to the courthouse by having plaintiffs essentially on retainer should a ripe target emerge. The details of the Milberg Weiss prosecution paint a pretty sleazy portrait of class action law. (The plaintiffs were actually paid in cash out of a safe in a Milberg office.) Two other Milberg partners have already pleaded guilty, as has the ophthalmologist. Milberg Weiss reportedly netted some $250 million in fees from those cases, and the firm itself has also been indicted, similar to the fate of the accounting firm Arthur Anderson in the Enron case.

Some of that money went to back political campaigns. Lerach himself has given about $1.3 million to Democratic Party entities and candidates since 1993. (He also served as a fundraiser for John Edwards' presidential campaign until his plea agreement last Fall.) Milberg Weiss employees have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Democrats since 1990, and more than $800,000 in donations to 527 groups supporting Democratic presidential candidates in 2004. This generosity may be one reason why Lerach's guilty plea doesn't seem to have muted his liberal folk-hero status.

See more of the article from Mother Jones: http://www.motherjones.com/washington_dispatch/2008/02/...

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cbayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 02:48 PM
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9. Talk about swiftboating
Your OP title is irresponsible. There is no connection here. She received a donation and returned it.

And she also called for further investigation. From the same article:

"Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign benefited from Alf to the tune of $2,300.
Her spokesman, Blake Zeff, says the check was returned.

But Senator Clinton is calling for an investigation to see if National Air Cargo is still receiving U.S. military business contracts.

According to the senator's press office;

"Senator Clinton believes strongly that contractors should be accountable. The Department of Defense should fully take this plea into account as it conducts an investigation into whether to debar N.A.C."
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-08-08 11:38 PM
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11. Um... "and the man who served as Secretary of the Air Force during the Clinton administration."
There's the connection. It's hardly swiftboating.

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