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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:21 PM
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Roberts spent $80,000 helping Bush get elected in 2004
Check this out. Does this say what I think it says? That Roberts was working has a lobbyist and spent $80,000 helping Bush get elected in 2004? Then he became a member of the Bush Transition Team? I guess now we know how much a seat on the Supreme Court costs.


Lobbyists Bankrolling Politics
Bush gets nearly four times as much as Kerry

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2004 More than 1,300 registered lobbyists have given slightly more than $1.8 million to President George W. Bush over the last six years, according to a Center for Public Integrity study comparing the donations of all registered lobbyists from 1998 through March 2004. Sen. John Kerry received $520,000 from 442 lobbyists during the same period.

Such numbers account for a significant percentage of those who ply the influence game. In fact, the lobbyists who donated to Bush have represented about 6,000 clients; those who gave to Kerry, approximately 3,000 clients. Combined, these figures add up to more than half of all the companies that hire lobbyists, according to the Senate Office of Public Records. The SOPR says that there are currently 24,000 lobbyists registered to represent 15,000 clients.

Registered Lobbyists Appointed to Bush's Transition Teams and Their Activity

Justice John Roberts - Hogan & Hartson - $80,000

http://www.publicintegrity.com/bop2004/report.aspx?aid=...



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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:23 PM
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1. Only 80k
for a seat on the USSC. :mad:
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:25 PM
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2. The number I saw earlier was $1000. $80,000 is a wee bit more
Yikes! :yoiks:
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:39 PM
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9. $1000 was his personal donation
$80,000 was what he spent as a lobbyist on behalf of Hogan & Hartson.

It would be nice to know who his clients were.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:40 PM
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11. Thsnks for the clarification.
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Be Brave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:25 PM
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3. Shit. Roberts is a "registered lobbyist"?
When was the last time a supreme court nominee was a "registered lobbyist"?
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:26 PM
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4. and NPR just had some guy who was his roommate in school,
and also a "Democrat" state that he was completely non-political.

yea right..
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:28 PM
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5. is that from 2004
wasn't he already on the bench at that time?

he was appointed in 2003

not to sound stupid, but aren't federal judges, as are all federal employees, prohibited from partisian political activity?

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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:31 PM
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7. I always believed that they couldn't?
It would be significant if that is true.



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Booster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:34 PM
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24. This is the question I entered on Kerry website asking what we
wanted to know about Roberts. I want to know his connection to Bush's election and is this payback for doing a dirty deed for the dimson. I hate that kind of shit because there are so many more people who are really more qualified that a guy who's been a judge for just 2 yrs. Don't smell right.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:30 PM
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22. He was appointed in 2003
Good catch. :)
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 01:39 AM
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27. I double checked that and the date is wrong
His last donation was in 2000 and it doesn't look like he's been a big donor over the years

http://www.capitaleye.org/Roberts.7.20.05.asp


3/12/93

$850

Hogan & Hartson PAC

3/16/94

$850

Hogan & Hartson PAC

3/2/95

$850

Hogan & Hartson PAC

5/25/96

$925

Hogan & Hartson PAC

3/18/97

$925

Hogan & Hartson PAC

10/29/97

$500

Peter G. Fitzgerald (R)

12/10/97

$250

Peter Rusthoven (R)

3/11/98

$975

Hogan & Hartson PAC

4/15/98

$750

Peter Rusthoven (R)

6/25/98

$500

Peter G. Fitzgerald (R)

10/23/98

$235

Peter G. Fitzgerald (R)

3/30/99

$975

Hogan & Hartson PAC

3/8/00

$1,100

Hogan & Hartson PAC

4/11/00

$500

Richard G. Lugar (R)

8/3/00

$1,000

George W. Bush (R)

Total
$11,185
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 06:01 AM
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29. The $80,000 was not a personal donation
It was money he (through his company) spent has a registered lobbyist during the Bush Campaign. At least that is how I'm reading the article.

In return, the Ctr for Public Integrity is claiming that Roberts was given a spot on the Bush Transition Team has a reward.

Funny, I've seen no other mention in the media that he was a member of the Transition Team. You would think that he close ties to the WH would rate a mention?

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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 06:32 PM
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37. you would think that
from what I've read about his political work, he seems like he's been the good little foot soldier

I don't think he'll be any sort of independent voice on the court if he's approved

he doesn't seem like the brightest bulb on the tree

there's something that people are missing--no one can be involved in politics for most of their life and not have more of a paper trail

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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:29 PM
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6. Wasn't there a time this would be considered "conflict of interest?"
I mean, we all contribute to causes, but to pony up this kind of sum and then get some payback seems a bit extreme. It sort of puts to rest any kind of "nonpartisan" status for the Supreme Court nominee (not that one existed after 2000)
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:02 PM
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16. He's tainted. Sure looks like a conflict of interest to me.
One must not only avoid impropriety, but the appearance of impropriety.

Of course, that was before 9/11 changed everything *sarcasm*. Remember Cheney's duck hunting trip with Scalia?
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:37 PM
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8. Anyone else notice Barbara Olson's name
I thought this was their 2004 contributions.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:55 PM
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14. Yeah, she died Sept. 11 2001.
If dead people can't vote, how can they contribute? I mean except for Chicago.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:32 PM
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23. Not the same one
this Olson is a Justice.

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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:43 PM
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25. Worked for the same attorneys office.....
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 06:44 PM by dogday
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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:40 PM
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10. It's hard to believe that this is OK
for a Supreme Court candidate to be a registered lobbyist for Bush. ??? If we can get a confirmation on this, we should put this out there for public consideration. I don't think most people would think it is too cool. Good work DYEW.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:44 PM
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12. The Center For Public Integrity published this info
on May 6, 2004. I think that should be reliable enough?

Here's another huge one from Robert's Company that he was partners in.

Agriculture Clayton Yeutter - Hogan & Hartson $460,000

Both of these citations are listed in the first chart.

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marions ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:56 PM
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15. $80K and also $460K ?!
SERIOUS contributors...

Probably we should get this info out to progressive orgs--the ones on Skinner's list?--and see if they are aware of it...
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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 05:55 PM
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13. kick
:kick:
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gatorboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:05 PM
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17. Here's some more on the issue,
Still alive in the Google newsgroup circa Jul 25 2001.

Unfortunately the actual article is long gone.

http://groups-beta.google.com/group/alt.politics.democr...
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:08 PM
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18. Too bad that article isn't covering half the money
that Roberts and his firm Hogan & Hartson handed out. I am finding that there is a lot more where that came from. Check this link out.

http://www.publicintegrity.com/bop2004/report.aspx?aid=...

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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:13 PM
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20. link didn't work 4 me........eom
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blogslut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:10 PM
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19. newsmeat info
http://newsmeat.com/judiciary_political_donations/John_...

How can the guy give to his own firm's PAC?
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:29 PM
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21. he gave money to an IL Fitzgerald?
same? different?
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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 06:54 PM
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26. Different
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 02:22 AM
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28. Gee! SCOTUS seats are
CHEAP!
To be a Bu$h Pioneer you have to go up to a quarter meg at least!
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janedoe Donating Member (540 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 06:26 AM
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30. I thought he helped Bush get appointed in 2000.
Does anyone know about that? I thought he was part of Bush's offensive team, stopping the recount in Fla and getting the Supreme Court to appoint him.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 06:38 AM
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31. Yes, apparently Roberts played a major role
He wrote most of their legal briefs even though he didn't put his name on any of them. Gee, I wonder why not? And even gave Jeb advise on how to NOT COUNT the VOTES. I have serious concerns about someone who is obviously a very partisan, political, activist becoming a SC Justice.

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janedoe Donating Member (540 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 08:33 AM
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32. Well, he sure wasn't simply "following" the law, then.
He seemed to be writing new laws... how to appoint a president.
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Tesla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 08:55 AM
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33. I smell a rat
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 08:58 AM
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34. Looks like a way to raise
legitimate questions.
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DirtyDawg Donating Member (594 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 10:22 AM
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35. Litmus test...
...now we know, to bushco and the rest of the repig juggernaut, the only litmus test required for appointment to any office - judicial, ambassadorship, bureaucrat, you name it - is how much money did you contribute, or raise. Would like to see all the SC candidate's contribution to bush...whataya bet who'll have come out on top. In fact, I'm prepared to predict that if this issue gets enough play that one or more of the other 'spurned' candidates just might take 'em to court. How wonderful would that be?
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ComerPerro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 10:28 AM
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36. So, lets pretend we are still in the Clinton era
THE SUPREME COURT IS FOR SALE! THE PRESIDENT IS GIVING COURT APPOINTMENTS TO CAMPAIGN DONORS!!!!!!
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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 06:55 PM
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38. That's unbelievable !
How much did he personally contribute ? I think that is something that the public should be aware of ...
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