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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 02:29 PM
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CREW files ethics complaint against Vitter for 'bribery' of Interior secretary
Edited on Tue Jun-21-11 02:34 PM by kpete
Source: The Hill

CREW files ethics complaint against Vitter for 'bribery' of Interior secretary
By Jordy Yager - 06/21/11 01:33 PM ET
A watchdog group filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday against Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) over allegations that he attempted to bribe the Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar.

The complaint, filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), cites a letter that Vitter wrote to Salazar last month. In the letter Vitter said he would continue to oppose increasing Salazars paycheck by $19,600 until the secretary issued permits for new exploratory deepwater wells in the Gulf of Mexico.


In a five-page letter to committee Chairwoman Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Vice Chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), CREWs executive director Melanie Sloan detailed the allegation of Vitters quid pro quo and recommended that the committee refer matters to the Justice Department if they found the senator guilty of wrongdoing.

Our countrys criminal laws apply to everyone, including senators, said Sloan in the letter. There is no exception to the bribery law allowing a senator to influence a department secretarys official acts by withholding compensation.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/167609-cre...



http://www.citizensforethics.org/legal-filings/entry/cr...
http://www.scribd.com/doc/58394245/CREW-Senate-Select-C...
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 02:32 PM
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1. prostitutes, bribery, and general vile maliciousness --
what's not to despise?
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cstanleytech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 04:22 PM
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5. Looks and sounds like blackmail to me but hey what do I know *shrug*
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bjobotts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 11:55 PM
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34. Instead of limiting donations just make them ineffective by forcing free campaign time only
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 11:16 AM
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42. All this just makes him more electible by his "constituents"
Republicans only want to win at any cost.. they could care less about ethics or laws...unless of course a Democrat did something...
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Vanje Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 02:35 PM
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2. Go!
to the greatest page!
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Dont call me Shirley Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 03:06 PM
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3. That's blackmail, the only way gops know how to be is...
Criminal.
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 04:14 PM
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4. Kick nt
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 04:33 PM
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6. sounds like bribery to me & anyway, I thought the O admin. HAS issued those permits
Edited on Tue Jun-21-11 04:45 PM by wordpix
Not enough for Vitter, though, he needs to be spanked :spank:

and follow his own advice re: abstinence. :evilgrin:
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Dont call me Shirley Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 04:38 PM
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7. Needs a spanking with his poopypants on.
Edited on Tue Jun-21-11 04:39 PM by Dont call me Shirley
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 04:53 PM
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10. that's what I was insinuating
:evilgrin:

And don't forget when he set off alarms going through a closed airport gate and gave the security guard the "Do you know who I am?" baloney.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 04:48 PM
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8. any chance of the Anthony Weiner-obsessed media covering this? n/t
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 09:20 PM
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29. absolutely none...
I mean, come on- WIENER. Or better yet- Weiner's wiener (hey, douchebags in the media, his name is pronounced "Whiner" not "Weener"- jeez- grow the fuck up)
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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 04:52 PM
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9. Hey, it's mister solicits prostitutes.
He would know all about criminal activity. Too bad this one came to light before the statute of limitations, eh, shitbag?
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wordpix Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 04:54 PM
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11. was that an intentional pun?
"eh, shitbag," that is.
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AtheistCrusader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 05:04 PM
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12. Oh, I would never. Dear me.
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AlbertCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 02:01 PM
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49. Hey, it's mister solicits prostitutes.
Edited on Wed Jun-22-11 02:02 PM by AlbertCat
He didn't ask the Sec of the Interior to change his diapers, did he?

Maybe he shoulda.
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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 05:09 PM
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13. Way to go CREW get ride of diaper Vitters one way or other. Now CREW start
on the kickbacks the supreme court is getting.
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The Wizard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 05:30 PM
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14. The Senator form Louisiana
could find himself in deep shit--------------------again.
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JAnthony Donating Member (745 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 06:11 PM
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15. Good one! n/t
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 09:40 PM
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32. Depends?
:rofl:
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ejbr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 06:33 PM
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16. Move along
IOKIYAR
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Randypiper Donating Member (527 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 06:36 PM
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17. Vitter's office has dared the Justice Department to file charges.
"I urge the Obama administration to prosecute," Vitter spokesman Luke Bolar told Politico. "They'll make fools of themselves in court and make my boss a Louisiana folk hero at the same time."
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olegramps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 12:46 PM
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45. Their arrogance has no limits. Sounds like he has a bad case of diper rash.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 06:39 PM
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18. Unbelievable! He's a republican so the DoJ under Holder will simply look the otherbway.
:mad:
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 07:15 PM
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19. That sounds more like extortion than bribery
Bribery usually implies EXTRA, UNEARNED money.

Salazar's scheduled raise was being blocked by diaper-boy.
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Mnpaul Donating Member (754 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 07:40 PM
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20. $19,600?????
Salazar shouldn't get that raise if he issues new permits or not. We have a budget crisis.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 08:36 PM
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24. I get the sentiment - but that's his legitimate pay rise. .
The wrong doing lies with bitter.
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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 07:51 PM
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21. So what....
nothing will be done.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 07:54 PM
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22. i think it's extortion not bribery but i am not a lawyer
i don't care how they get vitter, just get him, he's an embarrassment to us all...why does he get to entertain whores and party on our dime and he doesn't have to resign???
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nineteen50 Donating Member (488 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 08:35 PM
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23. Get him
The only way to get Vitter is take away his supporters. Expose
their values by showing the people what values they really
support by supporting Vitter.
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nineteen50 Donating Member (488 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 08:39 PM
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25. The only way to get Vitter is take away his supporters.
Expose their values by showing their community what values
they really support by supporting Vitter.
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laylah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 09:02 PM
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26. ...
Perhaps given that Sen. Vitter escaped accountability for soliciting prostitutes, he also thinks he can evade responsibility for violating the bribery laws, said Sloan in a statement. At some point, the Senate Ethics Committee needs to make clear to Sen. Vitter that he has to follow the same rules and laws as everyone else.

YOWZA! :headbang:
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florida08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 09:02 PM
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27. Salazar called it
Edited on Tue Jun-21-11 09:03 PM by florida08
attempted coercion and has asked the pay be withdrawn. Boxer referred Ensign's case to the justice dept. so she sure as heck will do the same with V.

The federal bribery statute states that whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official to influence any official act could faces fines, up to two years in prison or both.

This is in writing..not hearsay. I believe Holder will have no choice. This happen almost a month ago though so it needs a lot more light on it. Olbermann just talked about it.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 09:39 PM
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31. Lets see a Federal Indictment.
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 09:17 PM
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28. Send some diapers...
David will give in.
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naaman fletcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 09:30 PM
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30. of course its bribery. great post. K&R. nt.
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NorthCarolina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-21-11 11:10 PM
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33. $19,600.00 would buy a shit load of Vitties
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mehrrh Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 12:11 AM
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35. Vitter vs. Hastings vs. Weiner
Vitter committed a crime for which he should have been forced out of the Senate.
Weiner did not commit a crime, albeit he was very inappropriate and disgusting, and he was forced out.
Alcee Hastings (D-FL) is accused of sexual harrassment and he is being investigated by the Ethics Committee.
I am pretty fed up with the double standard here. Democrats are made to pay the price for their actions, Republicans are given a pat on the back.
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Corruption Winz Donating Member (581 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 04:22 AM
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36. This seems to be the only type of black mail that republicans like....
Throw the book at him, throw him in jail and then throw away the key.
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 05:44 AM
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37. this diaper wearing whore monger is really doing the most
why is he still in the senate?
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 06:55 AM
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38. Dave Vitter is in Deep Doo-Doo
And likes it!
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dsharp88 Donating Member (178 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 09:32 AM
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39. LA has a Republican governor now, so he can get thrown under the bus
When the hooker scandals broke, Democrat Kathleen Blanco was governor of LA so Vitter got applause from his Republican colleagues upon his public return.

What a bunch of hypocrites.
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 10:23 AM
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40. Something stinks -- better change the diaper
n/t
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Maraya1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 11:10 AM
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41. What about the prostitution? Why have they left that one out?
I know they are trying to make him pay for his bad behaviors but I would think they could investigate both. This still is unfair. It still says that republicans can get away with sex scandals and democrats eat their own.
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bitchkitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 11:38 AM
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43. But....what about the ding dong?
It sounds like there was no schlong involved in this particular incident. Therefore the media will not cover it for long.

Diapers - okay, interesting, but not really newsworthy.
Extortion - sorry, too hard to pronounce.
Penis - lead story on all the networks.
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NewJeffCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 11:58 AM
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44. At least he didn't send a pic of his junk to women
like Anthony Weiner...

I hope this goes somewhere, though.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 01:04 PM
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46. Crap like this is the precise reason the Constitution does not permit anyone
to muck around with the compensation of members of Congress.

Vitter needs to be marched to the woodshed. Unless he likes that, too.
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 01:14 PM
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47. Hey for all we know, he might consider it a turn-on.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-22-11 01:58 PM
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48. Oh, come on. That's not bribery.
That's EXTORTION.

Get your prosecutable crimes straight.
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