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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:01 PM
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Bush White House improperly held political briefings, report says (violated Hatch Act)
Edited on Mon Jan-24-11 08:14 PM by kpete
Source: USA Today

Bush White House improperly held political briefings, report says

By Ross D. Franklin, AP

A federal agency is reporting that officials in President George W. Bush's White House improperly conducted political briefings on government property, and encouraged employees to get involved in campaigns, meaning that taxpayers footed the bill for political activity.

"As the 2006 election drew nearer, OPA (the White House Office of Political Affairs) became a partisan political organization," reported the Office of Special Counsel, an advisory agency that reviews applications of the federal Hatch Act.

The Hatch Act forbids federal employees from engaging in election activity.

It should be noted that Bush's Republican Party lost control of the House and Senate in the 2006 congressional elections.

Read more: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/20...



Report: George W. Bush aides violated Hatch Act
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0111/48072.html#ix...
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grasswire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:05 PM
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1. hell, didn't Rove run an election night coup in the WH?
So is it too late to send these people to jail?
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:36 PM
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4. Why send 'em to jail?
By following the precedents they established, you should be able to kidnap Karl Rove and torture him to death in your basement.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:50 PM
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8. But I Don't HAVE a Basement!
Let me see if I can find something sufficiently gruesome....
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 09:25 PM
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16. Perfect, put him in the space where your basement would be, if you had one.
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sofa king Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 09:47 PM
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17. Oh, man. I wish I hadn't said that.
I forgot that you have to have money and power to get away with those things.

Now I'm gonna be the guy in the basement.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 03:05 PM
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28. Wrong. The ruling class can torture the lower classes, not the other way round. nm
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 01:38 PM
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24. Looked a little something like this:
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democrank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:16 PM
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2. Junior Bush didn`t worry about condoning torture so
I don`t imagine he`ll lose any sleep over this.
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ejbr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:36 PM
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3. Why bother reporting this?
"we're looking forward, not backward."
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thanks_imjustlurking Donating Member (462 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 06:46 PM
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33. Really.
If nothing has happened for the other crimes, why expect anything to come out of this>
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:36 PM
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5. Bush cheated with our tax money to elect more Republicans?? You know not!
Bush White House improperly held political briefings, report says, January 24, 2011

Glad the Office of Special Counsel finally noticed.


From October, 2008:


A draft Committee report circulated by Chairman Waxman finds that in the months before the 2006 elections, the White House Office of Political Affairs enlisted agency heads across government in a coordinated effort to elect Republican candidates to Congress, directing them to make hundreds of trips most at taxpayer expense for the purpose of increasing the electability of Republicans.
LINK, October, 2008



Remember Lurita Doan?, March, 2007


Why aren't these people in jail?


But, this is merely another prime example of IOKIYAR.


(For the newbies... 'it's OK if you are Republican.')








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TygrBright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:43 PM
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6. REALLY? I'm Sho... oh, never mind. n/t
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:46 PM
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7. Betcha there won't be so much as a hearing about it either. Thanks Barack. Thanks Nancy. n/t
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:52 PM
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9. Yet another thing they won't be held accountable for
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:53 PM
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10. The tables in Washington Are shaped Like Pyramids
Nothing can be put on them...

Someday, though, those tables will be turned!
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justgamma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 08:57 PM
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11. Want to see the hearings?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz-VfbJZ3fg&feature=rela... This is a bad video, but listen to the first 1.30 minutes of the nitwit. I loved that she was forced to resign.

Bruce Braley "Do you find this amusing?"

Doan "Did you say abusing?"

Here is the main questioning if you're interested.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wri62hYXN24&feature=rela...
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lastone Donating Member (87 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 09:02 PM
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12. a nation based on the rule of law
my ass...
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markpkessinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 09:10 PM
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13. Q.: And what will the Obama Justice Department do about it?
A: Zip. Nada. Zilch. Nullo. Nicht. Nothing.
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udbcrzy2 Donating Member (572 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 04:36 PM
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31. That's what really pisses me
Why even bother paying to have the investigation if they are not going to do anything? If they are merely looking for political trash to use during the upcoming elections, then they also can be guilty of not doing anything about it.
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 09:11 PM
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14. Yeah?
Oh well...
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husky92 Donating Member (130 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 09:14 PM
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15. Big &&*$%&$ Deal!
I get so pissed about all this stuff that continues to come out of the previous administration. So what does anyone do about it? NOTHING!

Instead we get that flaming ass hole Issa wanting to do investigations of Pres. Obama's administration. What the hell is wrong with this country. Bush and Company did so many illegal things and skate on everything. Yet, Issa wants to investigate Pres. Obama's staff.

Where the hell are the balls with Democrats??? We have about 5-6 people who speak out and the rest run around doing squat.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 02:20 PM
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25. Obama has no interest in investigating ANY GOP crimes
and the reason is...????
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blackspade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-24-11 10:06 PM
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18. They can 'note' it all they want but
they still violated the Hatch act.
Repercussions? None.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 02:20 PM
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26. Laws are for us "little people". nt
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blackspade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 03:57 PM
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29. No doubt.
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 07:13 AM
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19. I'm not holding my breath waiting for any prosecutions
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 07:33 AM
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20. They did this EVERY election, but we're looking only forward.
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 02:27 PM
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27. Every fucking time I watched a video of Condisleaza after Sept 11 she seemed to be doing just that.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 09:31 AM
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21. And what will happen to them? nothing.
The rich get the breaks while we get broken.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 09:54 AM
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22. Another day, another Bush crime exposed.
And another day that nothing will come of it.
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LiberalEsto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 10:35 AM
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23. What are they going to DO about it?
Nada.
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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 04:25 PM
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30. Well!! They better not do that again. And I mean it!
Or next time, maybe, they won't like the consequences.
Perhaps.
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-25-11 06:36 PM
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32. Folks here at DU were onto this 5 fucking years ago
Just how many "get out of jail free" cards does the GOP have?
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csziggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-26-11 01:09 PM
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34. GWB's campaign manager RAN the elections in Florida in 2000
And Republican political operatives assisted her in state offices during the entire election debacle.

Kathrine Harris, Florida Secretary of State, was either chairman or co-chairman of Bush's 2000 campaign in Florida at the same time she was the Florida Cabinet Secretary in charge of Florida elections. Evidence came out after the election that Harris not only did campaign activities out of her state office, using state workers and resources, during the recount furor she got advice and assistance from Republican operatives as to how to handle the mess politically, not administratively. These operatives used state office space and state workers to aid them in their political activities.

While it was a local story with lots of corroborative evidence, not much came out in the national press about this. And with George's brother Jeb in charge of the state with his political appointees and cronies running nearly every major state department, no investigation of this mix of state business with political campaign activities was ever done.

It is too long ago to post links, but I saved numerous articles about this mix back in 2000 and in 2001.

There was also the *unconfirmed* rumor that Harris was having an affair with Jeb around the time of the 2000 election...
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