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Avidor Donating Member (952 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 03:50 PM
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Source: The Minnesota Independent

Last fall, the Minnesota Independent reported that Rep. Michele Bachmanns campaign made a $9,200 charitable contribution to the faith-based drug treatment program Minnesota Teen Challenge on Oct. 3, 2008, in an effort to wash its hands of tainted contributions from Tom Petters associate Frank Vennes, Jr.

The Minnesota Independent has recently learned that Minnesota Teen Challenge returned the donation to Bachmann two weeks later.

We didnt want to be involved if it was dirty money, Rich Scherber, executive director of Minnesota Teen Challenge, told MnIndy.

Bachmanns close ties to Vennes became public before the election, when it was revealed that she had written a letter requesting a presidential pardon for the convicted money-launderer and drug-smuggler. She withdrew the letter when Vennes name became connected to the Petters multi-billion-dollar Ponzi scheme scandal. But she gave back only a portion of the tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions she has received from Vennes and his family since 2005.

Read more: http://minnesotaindependent.com/32798/dirty-money-mn-te...



More at the Dump Bachmann blog:

http://dumpbachmann.blogspot.com/2009/04/pardongate-mn-...
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BeliQueen Donating Member (433 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 04:02 PM
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1. Hmmm....
She gave money from a drug-smuggler to a drug rehabilitation clinic.

Hmmm...
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 04:23 PM
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2. Dope gave money from drug-smuggler to drug rehabilitation clinic.
:rofl:
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DumpDavisHogg Donating Member (255 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-20-09 04:39 PM
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3. Teen Challenge is a cult
They're a "rehab" cult kind of like Pathway Family Center.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-21-09 06:09 AM
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4. So, a cult leader cannot rationalize accepting "dirty money," but our nation;s leaders can. We're
so screwn.
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-21-09 07:12 AM
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5. Maybe not...
I suspect it was not so much rationalization - as the realization that they will probably get far more in contributions than they are "giving up" by publicizing that they are taking the "high ground" at a cost of $9200.

Is that cynical?
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