by Cycloptichorn, Fri Mar 21, 2008 at 09:13:05 AM EDT
Al Giordano at The Field reports that Clinton may have lied about her Feb. fundraising totals, to the tune of nearly 16 MILLION dollars, or 1/3rd of what they claimed they raised.
Clinton Campaign Raised $16 Million Less in February than It Claimed
At the end of February, "a Clinton advisor confirmed" for Politico's Ben Smith that the campaign raised $35 million during the month of February.
The Wall Street Journal reported the same: "Rebounding dramatically from dismal fund-raising in January, Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign raised more than $35 million in February--a record haul for the campaign."
ABC News reported that Senator Clinton herself made the claim:
Sen. Hillary Clinton said Thursday she was incredibly gratified to learn her campaign hauled in a record 35 million dollars in the month of February, despite losing 11 contests during that time.
"I was sure excited by the generosity of thousands of new donors," Clinton told reporters in Hanging Rock, Ohio. "It was really heartwarming because a lot of them sent e-mails talking about why they were contributing and it was often five, ten, fifteen dollars and they would write about how they wanted to do for their children."
I'm not singling out those news sources. In the days before the March 4 Ohio and Texas primaries, virtually every political reporter repeated the claim as fact.
But Houston, we have a problem: it was untrue.
by Cycloptichorn, Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 04:09:55 PM EDT
I'll update this as more comes in. But KO is reporting that Obama's passport file at the State Department has been 'violated.'
Not sure what that means.
UPDATE: 2 fired over Obama passport breach
Third employee at State disciplined over accessing candidates records
NBC News and news services
updated 5:54 p.m. PT, Thurs., March. 20, 2008
Two contract employees of the State Department were fired and a third person was disciplined for inappropriately looking at Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's passport file.
Spokesman Sean McCormack Thursday night confirmed instances of what he called "imprudent curiosity" by the State Department employees.
McCormack said the department itself detected the breaches, which occurred separately on Jan. 9, Feb. 21 and March 14.
The three people who had access to Obama's passport records were contract employees of the department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, NBC News reported.
A senior official told NBC News there was "no political motivation" to the incidents, adding that the three were low-level contract employees doing administrative work and accessed Obama's records out of "curiosity."
This official told NBC News that he does not believe any of the information was sent anywhere.
A spokesman for Obama's presidential campaign called for a complete investigation. The spokesman, Bill Burton, also demanded to know who looked at the file and why, and why the State Department did not reveal details of the security breach until now.
Monitoring systems are tripped when an employee accesses the records of the high-profile individual, a department official told NBC News. "When the monitoring system is tripped, we immediately seek an explanation for the records access. If the explanation is not satisfactory, the supervisor is notified."
Explaining why the contractors had access to the files, the official said: "The State Department uses cleared contractors to design, build and maintain our systems and cleared contract employees provide support to government employees and several steps of passport processing including data entry, file searches, customer service and quality control.
"Each time an employee logs on, he or she acknowledges the records are protected by the privacy act and that they are only available on a need-to-know basis," the official added.
This breaking news story will be updated.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Abrams has reported that according to State Dept. Spokesman Sean McCormack has said 'this was imprudent curiosity. We are taking immediate steps to ensure that this is nothing more then that.' Says Condi Rice only found out about this yesterday.
by Cycloptichorn, Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 07:42:27 AM EDT
Found this on the Orange Satan today.
This morning, on NPR, Senator Clinton admitted to breaking her pledge to the DNC. She stated:
"... we all had a choice as to whether or not to PARTICIPATE in what was going to be a primary. And most people took their names off the ballot, but I didn't. And I think that was a wise decision because Michigan is key to our electoral victory in the fall.
by Cycloptichorn, Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 10:36:34 AM EDT
The Washington Post has tracked down a fellow traveler on one of Hillary's 'dangerous' trips, the comedian Sinbad, who tells a somewhat different story then Clinton has on the campaign trail.
by Cycloptichorn, Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 09:35:40 AM EST
Per TPM -
Obama Campaign Raises $55 Million In February
By Greg Sargent - March 6, 2008, 2:26PM
In an extraordinary haul, the Obama campaign confirms that it raised an astonishing $55 million in February.
Forty-five million of it was raised online.
by Cycloptichorn, Thu Feb 28, 2008 at 08:41:57 AM EST
Florida Dems have repudiated the notion that they will not come out and vote this fall. Based upon polling, many of them directly disagree with the assessment of many here that their votes should even be allowed to stand as is!
by Cycloptichorn, Wed Feb 13, 2008 at 01:09:43 PM EST
Just what she needs right now!
Edited: Just to be clear, this story did NOT break three months ago; it is a new story involving the sale of donor lists to the company in question, not Bill's involvement with the company in question or the free airplane flights that they gave Hillary.