Biased Abramoff Reporting?

I indicated in earlier posts that the Democrats were involved in taking money from Jack Abramoff though probably not as much as Republicans because the lobbyist favored Republicans. Contrary to Nancy “Botox” Pelosi’s claims, the Republicans are no more “corrupt” than the Democrats. I am sure there are members from both parties who have taken money with the expectation they would do something for that money. I am equally sure that some people from both parties received perfectly legal donations from Abramoff or his clients.

There is a difference between getting a sum of money to make calls or influence legislation and getting a campaign donation. I am sure there are people who are Innocent of any influence peddling and I am absolutely sure there are people who sold their services. I also know that the major news outlets are not reporting this in a manner to demonstrate that some Democrats have their hands in the cookie jar. With the exception of CBSNews.com, there are few stories that mention any Democrat’s involvement. CBSNews.com reports:

Among those named by the NRSC as the worst examples of “Democrat hypocrisy” for taking money from Abramoff and his associates are: Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-N.D.) who received at least $79,300; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who received at least $45,750; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who received at least $68,941 and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who received at least $6,250.

None of this indicates whether the money was a donation or there are indications it was a fee for services, though we know that Harry Reid received his money after involving himself in a tribal casino dispute. When I read other articles I see people making claims that it is only Republicans involved and they are the most corrupt, blah, blah. I think the MSM is avoiding mentioning the names too often so they can keep the focus on the right. An article from the Associated Press, by Michael Sniffen has this quote from Sarah Feinberg whose title is explained in the quote, demonstrates the hypocrisy coming from the left, given the names of Democrats already exposed:

“It’s more important for these Republicans to come clean with the American people about … what (they) did for Jack Abramoff and his special interest friends in return for those campaign contributions,” said Sarah Feinberg, a spokeswoman for the House Democratic campaign organization.

I have said before that I do not care what party any elected official involved in this belongs to. If the person committed a crime then he needs to be punished for it. As far as I am concerned every Democrat and every Republican illegally involved should be chained together and marched off to jail. This, of course, has to happen after an investigation to ensure people who merely received a campaign donation are not wrongly implicated. Having said that let me revise that moonbat’s statement to be less partisan and more accurate:

It is more important for these elected officials to come clean with the American people…what (they) did for Jack Abramoff and his special interest friends in return for campaign contributions. All elected officials need to be held accountable and held to the same standard.

Now that is much better. It also prevents moonbats like Sarah from telling us that Reid’s money was taken honestly and no favors were granted while she is running the sword through some Republican. One more interesting thing that was in the AP article involves someone that every donk in the world will be trying to protect and rationalize for. Her name, Hillary Clinton:

In just the two days since Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday in Washington to three federal felonies, more than 40 elected federal officials have given up Abramoff donations, joining a dozen who did so last year.

This week’s list was headed by Republicans Bush, Frist, Hastert, House Majority Leader Roy Blunt of Missouri and former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, who faces legal problems of his own. But some Democrats joined in, including Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York.

Republicans dominated the list _ not surprising given that Abramoff, a friend of DeLay’s, gave far more to them than to Democrats. (emphasis added)

So the Democrats need to beware because there are a number of them involved and all the screaming for investigations and jail time will not be one-way (like the investigation of leaks). Like I said, I want all of them investigated and the guilty ones out of office and in jail.



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