Obama's 2006 Earmarks & the Crown Family
by susanhu, Thu Mar 13, 2008 at 06:28:12 PM EDT
Do you remember the Crown family? Do you remember the Crown patriarch who sits on the board of Maytag? Do you recall that Barack Obama, as a U.S. Senate candidate, met with Maytag workers, asked for their donations and promised them he'd help save their jobs, and that he then went to the Crown family and took their large donations, but never said a word to Crown about saving the jobs of the Maytag workers? (Crown confirmed in a newspaper interview that Obama never asked him about saving the Maytag jobs.)
Andy just alerted me to Jeralyn's post at TalkLeft, in which she highlights Obama's earmarks for General Dynamics, one of the largest military contractors in the world, and its ties to Chicago's Crown family.
"Among [Obama's earmarks are] an $8 million request for the 'High Explosive Air Burst Technology Program'. Ultimately, $1.3 million in funding was awarded for the program,"writes Jeralyn.
the defense project was overseen by General Dynamics, one of the nation's largest military contractors. Obama's Illinois finance chairman, James S. Crown, serves on the company's board of directors and his family holds a sizable stake in the company.
"Crown and his wife, Paula Crown," Jeralyn adds, "are members of Obama's National Finance Committee and have raised more than $200,000 for the Obama campaign, according to a list of fundraisers posted on Obama's campaign website."
Huh. I guess not confronting the Crown family about saving those Maytag jobs has worked out well for Sen. Obama. (If you've never seen the video, check out what Machinists Union president Tom Buffenbarger -- who tried to save those Maytag jobs -- thinks of Barack Obama.)
SO MUCH FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE. The disappearing middle class, blue-collar workers, sinking into poverty. They're joining the "forgotten people":
Next, here's Riehl World View's take on the earmark related to Michelle Obama:
First, Riehl notes that Obama obtained this earmark:
Obama Requested $1 Million For Construction Of A New Hospital Pavilion At The University Of Chicago. In 2006, Obama requested that the University of Chicago receive $1 million to support its Construction of New Hospital Pavilion. For more than 75 years, the University of Chicago Hospitals (UCH) has provided state of the art medical care on the South Side of Chicago.
Then Riehl points out:
From the Campaign Spot to NRO's Byron York. Looks like Daddy-O brought home the bacon so Mommy-O could bring home even more bacon, too.
"In 2006, the Chicago Tribune reported that Mrs. Obama's compensation at the University of Chicago Hospital, where she is a vice president for community affairs, jumped from $121,910 in 2004, just before her husband was elected to the Senate, to $316,962 in 2005, just after he took office." Looks like that raise was worth it.
Andy's comment in the thread at TalkLeft says it all:
Exactly the point of this post. It is and has been Obama the one whose raison d'etre as candidate has been his "different kind of politics" (anti-special interests, etc etc etc.).
What this proves is that he is just another politician. There would be nothing wrong with it except that his "urgency" of a Presidential run was based on "changing Washington" and the "politics as usual."
Lynn Sweet, a Chicago Sun-Times columnist, has more on Michelle Obama and Obama's other earmarks:
Obama sought money for the University of Chicago Hospitals. Wife Michelle works for the University of Chicago Hospitals, appointed in spring 2005 as vice president for community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She is now on leave from the job to campaign for her husband. Top campaign adviser and friend Valerie Jarrett is the Chair of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board and also Chair of the Executive Committee of that board. She has also been named Vice-Chair of the University's Board of Trustees. Obama taught at the U. of Chicago law school and the Obama's two daughters attend school there.
Jeralyn has an update:
Update: The AP says Obama has not responded to repeated requests to release his earmark legislation for six of his years in the Illinois Senate.