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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 08:30 PM
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HAve you read this?
FEMA Chief Brown Paid Millions in False Claims to Help Bush Win Fla. Votes in '04

By Jason Leopold

2005 Jason Leopold

Michael Brown, the embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved payments in excess of $31 million in taxpayer money to thousands of Florida residents who were unaffected by Hurricane Frances and three other hurricanes last year in an effort to help President Bush win a majority of votes in that state during his reelection campaign, according to published reports.

Some Homeland Security sources said FEMA's efforts to distribute funds quickly after Frances and three other hurricanes that hit the key political battleground state of Florida in a six-week period last fall were undertaken with a keen awareness of the looming presidential elections, according to a May 19 Washington Post story.

Homeland Security sources told the Post that after the hurricanes that Brown and his allies recommended him to succeed Tom Ridge as Homeland Security secretary because of their claim that he helped deliver Florida to President Bush by efficiently responding to the Florida hurricanes.

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The explosive charges of mismanagement of disaster relief funds made against Brown and FEMA were confirmed earlier this year following a four-month investigation by Richard Skinner, the Department of Homeland Securitys inspector general. Skinner looked into media reports alleging that residents of Miami-Dade were receiving windfall payments from FEMA to cover losses from Hurricane Frances they never incurred.


http://jasonleopold.blogspot.com/2005/09/exclusive-fema ...


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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 08:34 PM
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1. >>windfall payments from FEMA to cover losses from Hurricane
Frances they never incurred.<<

The people who received these payments merely "found" them. Other darkskinned persons most likely looted these fraudulent claims. Ooooooooooooh..... let me just look the other way now.

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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 08:38 PM
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2. Sickening, isn't it? But surely it's also criminal? nt
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 08:39 PM
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3. Depends... I consider it criminal, but who is watching the henhouse?
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 12:58 AM
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10. It is criminal n/t
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banana republican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 08:43 PM
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4. Qui Tam provisions of Federal Acquisition Regulations
If you can prove or document fraud waste or abuse in *ANY* government contract you are allowed to bring a Qui Tam suit against the beneficiaries of the fraud for triple damages (thats right triple damages).

So all you young detectives go & get rich.... you deserve it...

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RallyInDC Donating Member (191 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 10:54 PM
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5. Doesn't this mean Brown engaged in voter fraud?
While the guys hacked the touch-screens/bogus code, brown paid for thousands of voters to vote against their own interests...
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FogerRox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 11:07 PM
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6. yup
recommended and keep it kicked--- please
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Nictuku Donating Member (907 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 12:13 AM
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7. Recommended!
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 12:22 AM
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8. Oh wow
If this is true then send this to Cliff Arnebeck, BradBlog and David Cobb!
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Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 12:45 AM
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9. May be you got it all wrong. Could be Larry, Moe and Curley are
just incompetent boobs that just accidentally help their base and kill their opposition. Could be. Yeah, that's the ticket!
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 10:05 AM
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13. Moe loves cake, and can strum the gee-tar!
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BigBearJohn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 01:36 AM
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11. Recommended
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Bernardo de La Paz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-11-05 08:22 AM
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12. Good stuff, but use meaningful thread titles, please. Almost missed it.
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