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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:18 PM
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MONEY TRAILS LEAD TO BUSH JUDGES - 4 Month Investigation (Salon)

Money trails lead to Bush judges
By Will Evans
A four-month investigation reveals that dozens of federal judges gave contributions to President Bush and top Republicans who helped place them on the bench. A Salon/CIR exclusive.

Editor's note: This story continues a series by Salon and the Center for Investigative Reporting scrutinizing the federal judiciary under Bush. To learn more about the data and public records cited in this story, and to view CIR's full report,

click here http://www.muckraker.org/pg_one_investigation-1253-7-0.... .


Illustration by Mignon Khargie

Oct. 31, 2006 | At least two dozen federal judges appointed by President Bush since 2001 made political contributions to key Republicans or to the president himself while under consideration for their judgeships, government records show. A four-month investigation of Bush-appointed judges by the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that six appellate court judges and 18 district court judges contributed a total of more than $44,000 to politicians who were influential in their appointments. Some gave money directly to Bush after he officially nominated them. Other judges contributed to Republican campaign committees while they were under consideration for a judgeship.

Republicans who received money from judges en route to the bench include Sens. Arlen Specter and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Sens. George Voinovich and Mike DeWine of Ohio, and Gov. George Pataki of New York.

more at:
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2006/10/31/money_trai...
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berni_mccoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:20 PM
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1. DAMN THIS SHIT!
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 12:24 PM
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26. i am with you.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:20 PM
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2. Love that graphic!
:)

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happydreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:30 AM
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8. Something that always amazes me...
Edited on Tue Oct-31-06 10:31 AM by happydreams
how these kind of things spark artistic creativity in some people. I agree, its a great graphic.
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:22 PM
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3. K & R
:kick:
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:30 PM
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4. It was probably a prerequisite to be appointed. The Pennsylvania Ave. Project?
Hell, people weren't even allowed in Delay's office unless they pledged themselves to the repuke party and paid a HUGE ransom to the K Street Project.


Dewine?? Specter?? INSANEtorum?? :rofl: :rofl: The corruptions flows from the TOP DOWN!
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:40 PM
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5. jail time. no pillows in the jail cells.
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:43 PM
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6. One must not only avoid impropriety, but the appearance of impropriety.
Whatever happened to that unspoken rule of ethical conduct? Everything seems to have gone into the sewer in the last 6 years, whereas before it was all kind of hovering around the edges.



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C_U_L8R Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 09:59 PM
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7. corrupt judges need to be impeached
and tossed off the bench and disbarred
(if not jailed)
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Buttercup McToots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:32 AM
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9. Names
Do we have the names of these judges?
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:33 AM
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10. Gee, shouldn't someone investigate this?
Oh wait, Specter chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. So the answer is no, this shouldn't be investigated. All those dreary subpoenas and witnesses and evidence, and at the end, somebody goes to jail. Big whoop. Let's talk about gay marriage!
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happydreams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:37 AM
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11. A more odious corruption than
all the others. Even Sandra Day O'Connor spoke out about the polititization of the courts, which is really soft-pedaling the issue. This is the out and out buying up of the courts. It goes way beyond politics and can be traced back to the election 2000 betrayal by the SCOTUS which hopefully won't be forgotten.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:38 AM
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12. K&R and
Sent to KO...
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alfredo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:45 AM
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13. Buying judgeships
This needs to be turned over to an independent prosecutor.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 10:46 AM
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14. Surely the mass corporate media will jump right on this story? n/t
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 08:24 PM
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15. So, under * anyone can be a Federal Judge if they pay-up nm
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 08:43 PM
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16. up to time of Crimean War, British officers bought their rank
I've read that before T Roosevelt started to clean up the NYC police department in the late 1890s, the police bought their promotions--a captain rank cost $14,000.

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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 04:12 PM
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27. At least that's serious money. Extremely serious money.
At a dollar a day, IIRC that was approximately minimum wage at the time, that's 42 years wages. In todays terms, somewhere around the $400,000 mark.

These people sell their souls and the countrie's institutions for bloody pocket change.

Insulting.
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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 08:46 PM
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17. I'm shocked, shocked.
This is how we end up w/Mike Brown & Harriet Miers in positions of power. It's a government of the rich, for the rich, and qualifications matter about as much as the middle class does.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 08:55 PM
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18. Now THIS is something the MSM definitely wants us NOT to Focus On!
K&R....
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DUBYASCREWEDUS Donating Member (195 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 08:41 AM
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19. Someone who is
more savy in computer please send this to the Sherrod Brown campaign. Thanks!
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 08:42 AM
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20. Now this is what we need to focus on
Also Coingate - all the dirt is coming out - we have to direct attention to it.
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INdemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 08:48 AM
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21. Will this story make the MSM ..We know the answer
they would rather bash Jk and give the Repukes free air time for their ads
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OzarkDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 08:58 AM
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22. kick n/t
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magellan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 09:19 AM
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23. Bet Roberts was one of them
Apparently not a crime but certainly another ethical eyebrow-raiser. The Conservative Right never tire of finding new ways to redefine old values.

Kick.
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asthmaticeog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 10:29 AM
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24. DEWINE?
Sherrod Brown had better fucking JUMP ALL OVER THIS and widen the gap - in some polls, they're at a statistical dead heat (the spread is smaller than the margin of error).
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ClintonTyree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 12:01 PM
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25. The Pukes used to scream bloody murder when........
Clinton had someone stay overnight in the Lincoln Bedroom. "He's selling the White House"........I can still hear Limbaugh's pathetic screed (even though he TOO has stayed in the Lincoln Bedroom). The Pukes were OUTRAGED!
Now, we have the president (small "p") of the United States SELLING Judgeships to the highest bidder and not a peep comes from the porcine lips of Limbaugh? :wtf:

God damned "Liberal Media". :eyes:

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montana500 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 04:13 PM
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28. hahahhaha
Breaking News: prospective judges bribe Bush...

oh wait....
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-01-06 04:20 PM
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29. "Conflict of interest" is just not in their vocabulary, is it?
:banghead:
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