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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:01 PM
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Republicans fined for posing as Democrats
April 23, 2004 | WASHINGTON (AP) -- The campaign manager and fund-raising committee for a California Republican have agreed to pay $84,000 in civil penalties for sending out letters pretending to be Democrats during a 1998 congressional campaign, the Federal Election Commission said.

Adrian Plesha, manager of Charles Ball's campaign, agreed to pay a $60,000 fine and Ball's campaign committee agreed to pay $24,000. Plesha also pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FEC and was sentenced to three years probation, fined another $5,000 and ordered to perform 160 hours of community service.

http://www.salon.com/news/wire/2004/04/23/fraud/index.h...
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GainesT1958 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:04 PM
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1. Hmmm..as long as that "community service"...
Doesn't include working as an extra in one of those "Medicare Reform" commercials! :eyes:

B-)
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LittleApple81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:06 PM
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2. I think that when they can win with these techniques they think it
is money well spent.
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:14 PM
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3. Probation & community service?
More like a penalty for stealing Girl Scout cookies,
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dae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:19 PM
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4. They should have them cleaning the bathrooms at Democratic
candidates offices, under close supervision of course, as their community service.
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SEpatriot Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:20 PM
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5. And how far down will this be buried in the media??
These people use a lot of the same techniques (short of actual violence) that were used in Italy and Germany in the '30's. From Nixon own down, they've never stopped, they've just gotten slicker and sneakier. The fact that this kind of behavior fundamentally undermines the democratic process should warrant some jail time for all involved. These tactics are going into full throttle from top to bottom - from the Whitehouse (Rove) and RNC down to the local parties and of course the brownshirts, er, College Republicans.
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Tellurian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:28 PM
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7. Of course...
The one thing I dislike about Dems is they don't know how to complain. They just fagetaboutit.

Why don't they hire professional complainers and keep them on the payroll for events such as this.

It could be done, you know!
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SEpatriot Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:44 PM
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8. Its really about being aggressive
Remember the Rapid Response Team? That's the only way to play. You're exactly right, you can't let this kind of crap go on and not raise hell. The republicans see this as war, and you have to engage them...sometimes hand to hand (well, hopefully not literally)or they will roll right over you and never think twice. Unfortunately, too many Dems have been in retreat since '94.
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-23-04 04:24 PM
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6. Repug = amoral criminal
period.

I know only two or three philosophically committed conservatives. Two are fed up with the neocons and have disowned the Repuke Party, which has been coopted by the neocons (who are neither conservative nor liberal, but rather are amoral, criminal opportunists). The other is so out of touch he doesn't know anything except that he always voted Republican and is too old to change now.

Every other Repuke I know is a neocon piece of sludge. Their alleged "principles"--individual accountability, small 'gummint,' family values, strong economy--are just so much malleable tripe that they use rhetorically, but will sacrifice in an instant if their guy is the one evading accountability, making government larger and more intrusive, committing adultery, or trashing the economy and creating huge deficits.

Amoral, criminal opportunist conmen is what they are.
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