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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:07 PM
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Poll question: Why is lieberman's illegal slush fund scandal being ignored?
As we know, lieberman's campaign won't - or can't - account for almost $400,000 in petty cash that was allegedly disbursed over a 12-day period. (Google lieberman + petty cash for details).

Additionally, his campaign is defying federal election law by refusing to open the books and account for the money. This is blatantly illegal.

Why is this being ignored by most DUers (and most of the media)?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:08 PM
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1. Because there just has to be another reason....
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:15 PM
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2. My guess is the established Dems behind the scenes are working to protect
Lieberman at every turn, and even created fake internet distractions like HeyJohn and other anonymous actions to take the heat off Lieberman.

Something absolutely obscene is going on with the Lamont-Lieberman race. Establishment Dems are WORKING WITH BushInc to DEFEAT THE DEMOCRAT NOMINEE IN THE RACE.

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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:40 PM
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3. Indeed. You could be right.
So why are people HERE ignoring this?

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:52 PM
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4. I dunno - maybe they have their own people working these sites.
Interesting update at Kos from Lamont HQ. Says Lamont is polling closer than beng reported - and they REALLY WANT HELP.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/10/28/16323/165
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:53 PM
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6. Did you see the "lieberyouth hit by the kiss float" bit?
I swear, the guy is such a scumbag!

http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=4156

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 12:25 PM
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11. I think we're being snowed by the corpmedia coronation of Lieberman
They are underreporting Lamont's strength on the ground while over-reporting Lieberman's poll numbers. They pull this tactic when they intentionally MISLEAD in an effort to effect the election day outcome. Seen it before.
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:21 PM
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15. Pssssstt.... "DemocratIC nominee.
Wouldn't want you to sound like a wingnut.

:hi:
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left is right Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 07:09 PM
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5. Because the MSM
hasn't found a similar scandal perpetrated by a real Democrat to be fair and balance with?
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:56 PM
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7. Another of Jihad Joe's lies...
http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=4196

Lieberman Lied to Dem Brass (That's News?)
by: BranfordBoy
Sat Oct 28, 2006 at 18:33:56 PM EDT
Joe Lieberman will say anything to get elected, even if it means lying to fellow Democratic insiders.
When Lieberman called Milford DTC member Jim Quish to get his suopport in the run up to the Democratic convention, he said he'd never run as an independent. But that's not quite the way it turned out, according to the Milford Weekly:


"Lieberman called me at my house because he wanted my vote at the convention," said Quish. "He said, 'No Jim, I will not run as an independent if I lose the primary.' He told me there was no way he would do that. I felt betrayed."


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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:01 PM
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8. lieberman used more "petty cash" than almost two dozen candidates COMBINED!
http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=4182

Yesterday readers at My Left Nutmeg dove into the October FEC filings of twenty senate candidates - including politicians who fought a hard primary and won, politicians who lost their primary, and politicians who now face a serious general election challenge, but had no primary challenger. I believe that the list of candidates we covered is a solid cross-section of those three types of candidates.The goal was simple: find out how much these candidates are spending under the designation "petty cash," which would enable us to have a sense of what is a normal usage of this type of expenditure in a senate campaign.

The findings were clear. The twenty candidates combined for a grand total of $390,211 in petty cash expenditures listed in their October FEC filing. Joe Lieberman was responsible for $387,561 and the remaining nineteen candidates combined for $2,650. More specifically, though, that $2,650 came from only three other candidates: Harold Ford ($1500), Lincoln Chafee ($650), and Ned Lamont ($500). The remaining sixteen candidates studied had no petty cash disbursements listed on their October filing. The average petty cash expenditures for the campaigns studied is over $19,500. Remove Lieberman and that number drops to $139.47. Remove Lamont, Chafee, and Ford and you're left with an average petty cash expenditure for sixteen candidates in hotly contested races of $0.00.


And yet this is being ignored. WTF?

Something happened with that money.

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Doctor_J Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:08 PM
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9. the opposite of #2
it's because he IS a republican, and no crime committed by a republican matters
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:14 AM
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10. It's gotta be cocaine and hookers.
I can't think of any other way to burn through that much cash in such a short period of time.

:shrug:
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Zhade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 04:35 PM
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12. Vote-buying, voter suppression...
...the list is endless.

And it stuns me that DUers - who rightly despise lieberman - are missing this HUGE story.

But it IS down to the last week before The Big Day, so I can sort of understand people being distracted. That, and arguing with bigots who don't want GLBT folk to have equal rights (not talking about timing, but those homophobes here who oppose equal marriage rights for all).

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ihelpu2see Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:18 PM
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14. since I live in CT, I think it was to buy signatures for the Indi. run
No one, I mean No one saw enough people canvasing to get the signatures for Joe's run as an independent. So some how I think the word was out that the must get signatures by any means needed.

just my speculation.
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ihelpu2see Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:13 PM
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13. The MSM and the FEC will not act until after the election, a shame
to be sure since he is the only candidate in all of the USA to spend over $2,000 in petty cash and he out spent the next closest senator by 3,000 times. Here is a graph from spazeboy

<www.spazeboy.net >
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:35 PM
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16. You really want to know? Look at this list of names Joe is bragging about.
Look at WHO these people are. If they wanted a slush fund investigated it would be done right now if not sooner.

Just a few of the Dems for Joe....look at their titles. If they DON'T want an investigations there will not be one.

Don Baer, Director Of Communications - Clinton Administration

Mark Brzezinski, Former Director of National Security Council Clinton Administration

Ash Carter, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense - Clinton Administration

Bill Danvers, Senior Director for the National Security Council - Clinton Administration

Lanny Davis, Special Counsel to the President - Clinton Administration

Stuart Eizenstat, Former Deputy Treasury Secretary Clinton Administration

Steve Elmendorf, Former Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt

Al From, Founder of the Democratic Leadership Council

Bill Galston, Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy - Clinton Administration

Jamie Gorelick, Deputy Attorney General - Clinton Administration

Martin Indyk, Assistant Secretary Of State, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel - Clinton Administration

Max Kampelman, Ambassador to the CSCE - Carter Administration

Jim Kennedy, Former Spokesman for Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore

Simon Lazarus, Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff Carter Administration

Michael Levy, Asst. Sec. of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Dept. of Treasury Clinton Administration

Abbe Lowell, Chief Minority Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives

Will Marshall, President and Founder, Progressive Policy Institute

Dana Marshall, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce Clinton Administration

Mack McLarty, Former White House Chief of Staff - Clinton Adminstration


John Nakahata, Chief of Staff to Chairman of the FCC Clinton Administration

Tom Nides, Special Counsel for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs - Clinton Administration

Leon Panetta, Former White House Chief of Staff Clinton Administration

Tony Podesta, Clinton Transition Team, Former Counsel to Sen. Ted Kennedy

Bruce Reed, Domestic Policy Advisor - Clinton Administration

Dennis Ross, Special Middle East Coordinator- Clinton Administration

David Rothkopf, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade - Clinton Administration

Richard Swett, Former Ambassador to Denmark - Clinton Administration

Ben Wattenberg, Aide and Speech Writer to President Lyndon B. Johnson

Jim Woolsey, Former Director of the CIA - Clinton Administration

http://www.joe2006.com/free_details.asp?id=97#natchapte...

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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 06:14 PM
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17. Only part of his list. You don't think these guys could demand investigation?
I mean they could do it at the drop of a hat.

Just a few of the Dems for Joe....look at their titles. If they DON'T want an investigations there will not be one.

Don Baer, Director Of Communications - Clinton Administration

Mark Brzezinski, Former Director of National Security Council Clinton Administration

Ash Carter, Former Assistant Secretary of Defense - Clinton Administration

Bill Danvers, Senior Director for the National Security Council - Clinton Administration

Lanny Davis, Special Counsel to the President - Clinton Administration

Stuart Eizenstat, Former Deputy Treasury Secretary Clinton Administration

Steve Elmendorf, Former Chief of Staff to House Democratic Leader Dick Gephardt

Al From, Founder of the Democratic Leadership Council

Bill Galston, Deputy Assistant for Domestic Policy - Clinton Administration

Jamie Gorelick, Deputy Attorney General - Clinton Administration

Martin Indyk, Assistant Secretary Of State, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel - Clinton Administration

Max Kampelman, Ambassador to the CSCE - Carter Administration

Jim Kennedy, Former Spokesman for Former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore

Simon Lazarus, Associate Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff Carter Administration

Michael Levy, Asst. Sec. of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Dept. of Treasury Clinton Administration

Abbe Lowell, Chief Minority Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives

Will Marshall, President and Founder, Progressive Policy Institute

Dana Marshall, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce Clinton Administration

Mack McLarty, Former White House Chief of Staff - Clinton Adminstration


John Nakahata, Chief of Staff to Chairman of the FCC Clinton Administration

Tom Nides, Special Counsel for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs - Clinton Administration

Leon Panetta, Former White House Chief of Staff Clinton Administration

Tony Podesta, Clinton Transition Team, Former Counsel to Sen. Ted Kennedy

Bruce Reed, Domestic Policy Advisor - Clinton Administration

Dennis Ross, Special Middle East Coordinator- Clinton Administration

David Rothkopf, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade - Clinton Administration

Richard Swett, Former Ambassador to Denmark - Clinton Administration

Ben Wattenberg, Aide and Speech Writer to President Lyndon B. Johnson

Jim Woolsey, Former Director of the CIA - Clinton Administration

http://www.joe2006.com/free_details.asp?id=97#natchapte...
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