Say you’re running for President. And say that it’s a couple days before before a major primary season straw poll. In someplace semi-important, like, say, Iowa. Ask yourself, what kinds of headlines would you really, really just not want to see in places like, oh, I don’t know, the AP and Forbes.com?
How about something like this:
Major Romney Fundraiser Indicted for Massive Fraud
As Forbes explains:
A federal grand jury indicted a corporate executive who allegedly ran a scheme to make $32 million in false purchases of computer equipment, spending the money instead on beach real estate and private jet travel, prosecutors said Thursday.
Alan B. Fabian, 43, of Cockeysville, is charged in a 23-count indictment with mail fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud, perjury and obstruction of justice. The grand jury handed up the indictment Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore and it was unsealed Thursday.
And The Right’s Field provides the inconveniently timed linkage:
Alan Fabian, a corporate executive from Cockeysville, Maryland, is one of Mitt Romneyâ€™s most important bundlers â€” a former George W. Bush “Ranger” (meaning he collected over $200,000 for Dubyaâ€™s campaign), now helping to gather contributions for the Romney campaign.
Note: according to Chris Cillizza it looks like Fabian was actually a “Pioneer,” not a “Ranger” – which I think is like being a mere fundraising behemoth instead of a full-blown juggernaut.
In any case, I guess you can’t make an omelette without breaking and entering a few eggs. Or something like that.
Good luck in Ames, Mitt.
Categories: Crime/Corruption, Politics/Law/Government
Well, being that Mitt didn’t commit fraud, just someone who supported him, only a very ignorant person would change their vote on these grounds alone.
So, when we see a politician being propelled toward office by criminals, we shouldn’t worry so much about that?
What if the politician was named “Clinton”? Would that make a difference?
There’s an old saying that goes something like, “You’re only as good as who you hang with.”
People who are going to vote for Mitt Romney should take note with whom he’s hanging….
And people wonder why I keep screaming, “Follow the goddamned money!”
The trade of corporate raider (which is another name for private equity firm owner) is about as sleazy as a swindler of retirees Social Security checks.
Mitt is sleazy. He has no morals, he has only ambition. He will be whoever you want him to be until he gets his hands on power.
birds of the same feather flock together…
Which is why we need Ron Paul in office. Think about it. Time to elect a non-criminal for once.
I will vote for the janitor where I work. Trust her more.
What amazes me about these scandals is that the candidates involved KEEP ON CAMPAIGNING like nothing’s happened. Giulianli’s campaign director in S.C. got caught selling coke, McCain’s Florida campaign director caught a bad case of the “Gay prostitute syndrome,” and these dudes just roll on blathering about Dems raising taxes and 9/11.
The sheer audacious stupidity and willful ignorance boggles the mind.
You know, it may really be time to hold candidates’ feet to the fire about where and from whom their money comes. Like with anything else, this would only enter into the MSM or public consciousness if the theme is repeated over and over for a long time.
Under the Rico act, Mitt can be called a co-conspirator. Rudy as well because of previous knowledge. And on and on. But we have scooter and the whole Calvinistic self preserving better class than thou.
We must remember that this mentality will be around forever and we must be eyes open all the time and demand performance and accountability. Stop responding to the shit shoveling and demand answers. Ignore the crap diversions.
Take a breather people… do you know just HOW MANY fundraisers each of the top tier candidates have out there? And, do you really want to start picking through each of them to find the bad apples bound to pop up in each pool of fundraisers?
I hate to take us down memory lane, but certain images pop into my head immediately when I read a meaningless hit piece like this one… SUCH AS, Gore’s buddist temple fiasco, Hillary RODHAM Clinton’s idiotic brother’s fundraising efforts, that resulted in Hillary having to publicly refund some pretty fat donations in her first senatorial race… or how about the blatant purchase of pardons in the final days of the Clinton administration?
There’s a reason you won’t see this “breaking story” on Romeny featured in the MSM, because it is meaningless, and the movers and shakers out there know it.
Not surprised that one of Bush’s former top fundraisers got caught pulling financial shenanigans. Maybe he’ll ask W to give him a pardon….