Obama's 2006 Earmarks & the Crown Family

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":

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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."

Ahem....

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.

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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.

Tags: Barack Obama, Crown, Earmarks, General Dynamics, Maytag, Michelle Obama, Tom Buffenbarger (all tags)

Comments

120 Comments

Obama and the Crown Family

So much for the forgotten people.  (See the video.)

by susanhu 2008-03-13 06:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and the Crown Family

Maybe Brian Ross will take an interest in Mrs. Obama's extraordinarily generous employer and the remarkably beneficial timing of her massive raise!

by newhorizon 2008-03-13 06:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and the Crown Family

None of this matters Obama fans can't see strait.  They don't care if this guy can add it'll be another 4 years of crap and on and on it goes.  No health care, no leaving iraq (powers said so)

by bradydundee 2008-03-13 07:43PM | 0 recs
Impressive!

Your post is full of insinuation, suppositions and assumptions.  Running with the jist of the post, Obama is as dirty as your candidate.  Ok, let's play.  1 candidate who is dirty and the other is dirty as well.  So your argument is what?  Evaluate who has less dirt?  HRC still looses.  We've seen this play before.  It was called the 1990s and the actors were Newt, Bill, Rush,  Dick Army, Hillary.  The play was ok then but there's a new play now and the American ppl are choosing it over the old one.  Don't be sore about it :)

by Chavez100 2008-03-14 04:02AM | 0 recs
Obama/Rezko '08

You conveniently forget that Obama reeks of the Rezko stench. The inappropriate use of money for the Chicago hospitals is part of the ongoing trial against Tony Rezko. Obama's role in helping funnel taxpayers' money into Rezko's diverse corruption schemes is not something you'd necessarily would want to highlight if you're an Obama supporter.

by DemAC 2008-03-14 04:54AM | 0 recs
Great Diary

Another great diary. Thanks for doing the work that our national media should be doing. Ignore the flake you get, it's part of their condition - deny, deny, deny, then blame Hillary. I think they all have turrets syndrome.

by grlpatriot 2008-03-13 07:45PM | 0 recs
As usual, deception from you

"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.

Wouldn't it be appropriate to mention that she was promoted to a Vice President position in May 2005? I'm sure it's  impossible that someone with such a weak background - magna cum laude at Princeton and a JD from Harvard - could possibly have simply advanced into the executive ranks based on merit. No way. This has to be all Barack's evil doing.

I'll clue you in: that sort of resume is a ticket to an avalanche of cash, and it doesn't matter who your husband is. She could have spent a couple years making 250k+ at McKinsey and then settled into a cushy VP job anywhere in the country making twice that.

While we're disclosing people's finances, though - I observe that basically everything you post links to noquarter. How much do you make off that arrangement? If there's anything weaker than demagoguery for ideology, it's demagoguery for profit.

Ultimately, Obama's earmarks reflect fairly modest requests, and the fact that his wife works at a hospital shouldn't get them penalized. Obama also requested funds for other Chicago hospitals...

Obama Requested $2 Million For The Thorek Memorial Hospital Cancer Treatment Center

Obama Requested $1 Million For Alton Memorial Hospital To Support Its Riverbend Stroke Center.

Obama Requested $4 million For The Children's Memorial Medical Center's Electronic Medical Record Project.  In 2006, Obama requested $4 million for the Children's Memorial Medical Center's Electronic Medical Record Project.  The Children's Memorial Medical Center is Illinois' only freestanding acute care hospital dedicated exclusively to children, serving 102,000 children throughout Illinois in the past year.

Obama Requested $800,000 For A Training And Resource Center Of The Swedish Covenant Hospital.  In 2006, Obama requested that that Swedish Covenant Hospital receive $800,000 to support its Training and Resource Center.  Covenant Hospital is a 320-bed urban community hospital, the only independent non-profit hospital serving the culturally diverse north side of Chicago.

Obama Requested $2.5 Million For The Children's Hospital Of Illinois' Replacement Project.

Obama Requested $5 Million For Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Prentice Woman's Hospital.

Obama Requested $500,000 For The Children's Health Fund's Chicago Children's Health Project.

Obama Requested $10 Million Over Four Years, Beginning With $2.5 Million In FY 2006, For The Children's Hospital of Illinois (CHOI) Replacement Project;

We could go on.

But obviously, Obama requested earmarks for almost every hospital in Chicago merely as a smokescreen to cover a raise for his underqualified wife.

by mattw 2008-03-13 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: As usual, deception from you

Yeah, this is all so innocuous. Yep, that's easy to see. With a blindfold on!

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-13 08:08PM | 0 recs
Re: As usual, deception from you

Huh?  He catches you red-handed cherry-picking Obama's earmarks to present a misleading impression of corruption on Obama's part and begging the question is the best you can do in response?  

by knutsondc 2008-03-13 08:34PM | 0 recs
Obama/Rezko '08

You conveniently forget that Obama is embroiled in Chicago style politics and that those kind of politics extends to the hospitals as well. Obama reeks of the Tony Rezko stench. The inappropriate use of money for the Chicago hospitals is part of the ongoing trial against Rezko. Obama's role in helping funnel taxpayers' money into Rezko's diverse corruption schemes is not something you'd necessarily would want to highlight if you're working on Obama's behalf.

by DemAC 2008-03-14 05:02AM | 0 recs
Re: As usual, deception from you

Where are his earmarks for 2005-2006?  Why won't he release them?  He seems pretty interested in the Clintons' tax returns, yet can't release earmarks that are public, rather than private information.

by cmugirl90 2008-03-14 06:23AM | 0 recs
Re: As usual, deception from you

He has. Obama has released his earmarks from all years he has been in the US senate... and his tax returns. Hillary has released no earmarks and no tax returns.

by mattw 2008-03-14 07:05AM | 0 recs
Re: As usual, deception from you

Your ignorance shows when you don't even know that Sen. Clinton has NOT released her own earmarks, for whatever reason - but probably because she is afraid of such disgusting bile as is presented in this diary and probably has to expect much more of it than Obama, given that she requested much more money for earmarks than him.

But keep on smearing and hating, if that makes your miserable soul happy.

by marcotom 2008-03-14 07:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and the Crown Family

You what's interesting? Hillary won't even release her earmarks. But then again considering one of them is for open government and the other is for Bush style secrecy (see: No earmarks, no taxes, no whitehouse records, no whitehouse phone logs, etc) its not to suprising-- I guess the little people don't deserve to know what Hillary's been up to.

by Socraticsilence 2008-03-13 08:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

So, instead of Obama, who has a handful of earmarks, we should support...Hillary Clinton, who has more earmarks than anyone else running for president?

Here's what The Nation had to say about Hillary's earmarks last year:

The Hill reported yesterday that Hillary Clinton inserted more earmarks into the latest defense spending bill than any other Senator except for Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin. The 26 earmarks, totaling $148.4 million, mostly went to the New York-based defense industry. (For more on Hillary's ties to military contractors, see the Village Voice article "Mama Warbucks.")

These earmarks appear to be legitimate and above board. But that didn't stop the RNC from calling Hillary the "President of Pork" or John McCain from noting that the Pentagon did not request them.

And Hillary is vulnerable on the issue. When the Senate debated lobbying and ethics reforms in January, Clinton voted against requiring public disclosure of earmark sponsors and earmark recipients, and to change the definition of an earmark to include both federal and non-federal projects.

And yes, we know that Hillary doesn't even try to be an advocate of clean and open government, as Obama does. But, really, susan, is that a reason to support her?

by animated 2008-03-13 06:38PM | 0 recs
So what...

Hillary's not a hypocrite. She's not pretending to be "pure and holy" like Barack is. She's actually been working hard to bring money home for projects benefitting ALL HER CONSTITUENTS, not just her spouse & her well-connected donors. That's how she responds to McCain's bogus allegations. She's not a hypocrite.

by atdleft 2008-03-13 06:57PM | 0 recs
Re: So what...

Atdleft:  She's bringing the bacon home to her constituents?  With which projects exactly?

by Setrak 2008-03-13 06:59PM | 0 recs
Re: So what...

Hahaha

That's what I thought the answer would be. "Hillary isn't even trying."

In other words, don't vote for Barack because he's almost as bad as Hillary.

Well, that's great, but what's the rationale for being against even DISCLOSING earmarks? Spin that one for me, please.

by animated 2008-03-13 07:01PM | 0 recs
Re: So what...

I agree with you.  Being from New York State, Hillary has done a great job taking care of her constituents, including helping to prevent the closings of three military bases in economically depressed areas of the State.

by cjbardy 2008-03-13 07:33PM | 0 recs
Re: So what...

Really? She can be amazing.

by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-13 07:38PM | 0 recs
Re: So what...

She has done an excellent job.

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-13 08:14PM | 0 recs
Re: So what...

Sure would be nice if she would release her earmarks so the voters could judge this for themselves.

by Socraticsilence 2008-03-13 08:44PM | 0 recs
Re: So what...

Excellent points!

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-13 08:13PM | 0 recs
AND HOW DO YOU KNOW

who she's bringing the bacon to? That's the point Einstein - at least Obama is producing this material. The idea that a Senator from Illinois is not going to try to get government contracts for institutions as large/influential and important to the state, such as the U of Chicago or the U of Illinois, is ridiculous.

by highgrade 2008-03-13 08:47PM | 0 recs
Re: AND HOW DO YOU KNOW

No - he really isn't.  The Chicago Sun Times requested his 2005-2006 earmarks multiple times and he has yet to release them. So much for "transparency"....

by cmugirl90 2008-03-14 06:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Hillary's constituents happen to be in one of the most densely populated states, with some of the most valuable and vulnerable landmarks and infrastructures in the world.  

 Wonder how many of those earmarks benefitted Rezko and his cronies?  Hmmmmm....

by Catriley sez 2008-03-13 07:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Gee, Catriley, I do wonder how many went to Rezko cronies. Hey, you know what? You can check! Cause Obama RELEASED HIS EARMARKS. But we have no way of knowing where Hillary's went to, even though she had MORE EARMARKS THAN ANY OTHER SENATOR. Seriously, take a step back a breathe. If there were dirt there to find, Obama would have just pulled a Hillary and kept all his files hush-hush, state secrets and all that. This line of argument is specious at best. Don't just accuse with NO EVIDENCE WHATSOEVER. By the by, Rezko and his "cronies" contributed to the Clinton campaign too, in fact three are co-defendants in his trial. Does that make the Clintons implicit in his crimes as well? Of course, the fact that Obama is blameless in this thing, and NO ONE accuses him of any criminal link whatsoever other than veiled inferences doesn't mean much to you, eh? I guess Hillary Clinton is the only person who can be subject to decades of scandal and be completely innocent, since she's the sole victim of the, "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy." Please.

by TheSilverMonkey 2008-03-13 11:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

If the earmarks are so bad how about naming them and then offering an explanation as to why they aren't necessary other than the Pentagon didn't request them.

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-13 08:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Did you even read what you posted? The quoted part says that everything was above board. And yet you have the nerve to claim that "Hillary doesn't even try to be an advocate of clean and open government."

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-13 08:12PM | 0 recs
So..

..when does Clinton release her earmarks and her tax returns?

by Setrak 2008-03-13 06:38PM | 0 recs
Wow...I mean, wow!

I sure wish I could get a 160% pay raise.

by SluggoJD 2008-03-13 06:39PM | 0 recs
What is Hillary hiding?

She refuses to disclose her Senate earmarks, and her taxes.

by CarolinaNumber23 2008-03-13 06:44PM | 0 recs
Re: What is Hillary hiding?

That's not true.  She said she will file her tax return in the normal tax season which is April.  

by JoeySky18 2008-03-13 07:07PM | 0 recs
What about her 2006 and 2005 taxes?

And what about those earmarks?

Please, supporters of the pork queen and high Priestess of the Military Industrial Complex, keep pushing this story.

by CarolinaNumber23 2008-03-13 07:26PM | 0 recs
Re: What about her 2006 and 2005 taxes?

Hillary Clinton, as the Jr. Senator for New York has done a great deal to help the people in all parts of New York, which has suffered from the 9/11 attack and a poor economy.  The projects she has championed have been to meet the needs of her constituents, which is what she was elected to do.

She has earned over her years in the Senate the respect of the more conservative voters in Central and Western New York, even though they did not like her at first.

I am proud that she is my Senator, and she is a worthy holder of that seat and she would be a great President.

by cjbardy 2008-03-13 07:45PM | 0 recs
Re: What about her 2006 and 2005 taxes?

Ummm if your candidate has been shown, as Obama has, to earmark a huge amount to General Dynamics (part of that military industrial complex), and whose large donor sits on the Board of said military contractor.  How does that make him the Saint of Peaceful Poverty?  

by Catriley sez 2008-03-13 07:48PM | 0 recs
Re: What about her 2006 and 2005 taxes?

He is a regular Brother Teresa.

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-13 08:19PM | 0 recs
Re: What about her 2006 and 2005 taxes?

 Tax returns and earmarks is that really all you got to complain about?

 Be glad I'm not running for President- I was agianst the war and refused to do/pay my taxes since 2005 so as to not pay for the war.
  Obama voted to continue spending on the war-how does continuing to spend on the war stop it? Hell, now he's not so sure about bringing the troops home as per his campaign season rheto-er; plan. Then to find out MR. ANti-war has ties to the largest defense co. in the world? Damn...

Here's an article that might interest you:
http://www.blackcommentator.com/263/263_ cover_1_keeping_it_real_obama_euphoria.h tml

take care.

by artsyker 2008-03-14 01:43AM | 0 recs
Re: What is Hillary hiding?

Don't hold your breath.

by victoryfordems 2008-03-14 09:25AM | 0 recs
Re: What is Hillary hiding?

Refuses?

Where do you come up with that nonsense?

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-13 08:15PM | 0 recs
So..

..the earmarks described seem to be for military technology and a hospital.

You admit in this diary that the military-industry in question is one of the largest in the country and the world.

Are any of you surprised that she had an easier time with work when she was married to a U.S. Senator?   Seriously, of course it's easier to find a job!

by Setrak 2008-03-13 06:45PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

More on Clinton and earmarks...

Hillary Clinton is hands-down one of the worst offenders in the Senate. According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, Hillary placed $2.2 billion worth of earmarks in spending bills from 2002-2006.

The LA Times writes:

"Her record stands in contrast with others in the Senate seeking the presidency, particularly John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.). McCain, who has long opposed earmarks, does not write them. Obama has used the device, but now declines to earmark funds for private companies; he uses earmarks only to secure funds for government projects such as road building and hospital construction."

The military industry has been a particular beneficiary of Clinton's largess. Because of her place on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Clinton has been able to earmark $1.4 billion for defense contractors since she arrived in the Senate, including $140 million this year, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense.

She has collected in excess of $1 million from earmark beneficiaries and their associates, including more than $270,000 for her campaigns from defense contractors.

Bizarrely, given his reputation as a hawk, McCain has done far more to curb wasteful defense spending than Hillary Clinton.

Clinton's 2.2 billion total includes items that may be particularly problematic for moderate swing voters, including $303,000 for a group that lobbies for needle exchanges, for allowing more immigrants with HIV/AIDS to legally enter the country, as well as funds for condom distribution in prisons.

Even more damning, Clinton voted against a proposal by Obama requiring public disclosure of earmark sponsors and earmark recipients, and to change the definition of an earmark to include both federal and non-federal projects.

Ironic that, if Clinton had her way, you wouldn't even be writing this diary on earmarks.

by animated 2008-03-13 06:46PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Yes.  You'd think her state had been devestated by a terrorist attack or something.  Wait....

by Mike Pridmore 2008-03-13 07:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Yep, that's a great reason to vote against anyone disclosing any earmarks they ever made. 9-11 is clearly the answer.

by animated 2008-03-13 07:15PM | 0 recs
Clinton supporters = Giuliani supporters.

Right down to endorsing John McCain.

by CarolinaNumber23 2008-03-13 07:27PM | 0 recs
Hillary clinton supporters are acting very Bushy

lately.

9/11 justifies any pork barrel project.

by highgrade 2008-03-13 08:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

9/11 is the answer to everything - says a certain Mayor of New York.

by marcotom 2008-03-14 07:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Yeah, that campaign worked rather well, didn't it?

by victoryfordems 2008-03-14 09:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

He's only been in the Senate two years and has been campaigning or getting ready to campaign for President most of that time.  He hasn't had much of a chance to do much constituent work.  

Lets see what his record would be if his actual motivation for the job was to serve the people of Illinois and to get reelected as Senator.  

Hmmm.... something to think about.

by cjbardy 2008-03-13 07:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iK-Ao nJ7KrNoGaEUdj6xsc3_8fmwD8VCTQR00
Public records reveal some of the projects he sponsored as a state senator, from literacy programs and park improvements to drill team uniforms and jazz-appreciation events. They add up to more than $6 million.
But that covers just two of Obama's nearly eight years in the Illinois Senate. State records don't detail his projects from other years, and his presidential campaign has not responded to repeated requests from The Associated Press for information.

So, when is Obama going to come clean about those first 6 years? Maybe there is something in there for Tony Rezko?

by gomer 2008-03-13 06:57PM | 0 recs
Earmarks & the Crown Family

I like that he released this information.  For one, it follows his theme of transparency, but also it gives us more background and possibly some dirt.

by venavena 2008-03-13 06:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Earmarks & the Crown Family

Umm he hasn't released them.

by Catriley sez 2008-03-13 07:49PM | 0 recs
Re: Earmarks & the Crown Family

Umm, yeah he has. http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0 308/Obamas_earmarks.html

by brimur 2008-03-14 09:43AM | 0 recs
Try looking at her Senate record...

It's not that hard. Oh yes, and regarding tax returns... She's already said those will come on April 15. But hey, nice try in distracting us from more Obama duplicity!

by atdleft 2008-03-13 06:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

Why then? Why not now?

by grover738 2008-03-13 07:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

Would you submit your tax file in Jan if your dateline is in Mar?

by JoeySky18 2008-03-13 07:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

She's too busy running for president.

Well, it worked for Obama...

by newhorizon 2008-03-13 07:18PM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

I'm trying to imagine Hillary sitting in front of a computer doing Turbotax...like a couple worth $50 million can't afford to hire an accountant to do their tax returns while they're on the trail.

by animated 2008-03-13 07:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

Yep. She could Xerox them easily.

by animated 2008-03-14 12:42AM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

Just as Axelrod xeroxed Deval Patrick's message of change.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-14 12:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

Maybe she's waiting on the rest of Obama's full disclosure about the Rezko deal. He has not released those papers.

by LadyEagle 2008-03-13 07:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

Is that true? Has she said that? Has she ever said why she's holding them until 4-15?

From what I've read, she didn't actually say 4-15, she of course parsed it, saying "around" 4-15, which will probably mean after the 4-22 PA primary.

by grover738 2008-03-13 07:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Try looking at her Senate record...

Ok, we'll be waiting patiently on April 16.

by victoryfordems 2008-03-14 09:28AM | 0 recs
The Forgotten People

I feel sorry for those poor people in district 13 in Chicago.  If he really want to help his people, he should tend to their need in the past and present  

He doesn't have to wait until he become POTUS before he help the people.  He just ditched them after he got their votes.  

There is no new politician ideology in the way he conducted his business.  He just campaign with a new ideology, new talking point, new kind of speech.

by JoeySky18 2008-03-13 07:14PM | 0 recs
Re: The Forgotten People

Funny.  They didn't seem to think so.

http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionInfo rmation/VoteTotalsList.aspx?officeid=426 5

by nklein 2008-03-13 10:58PM | 0 recs
Re: The Forgotten People

Just like Hillary is ditching the people of New York to run for president?  Do you see how crappy that argument is?

by NewOaklandDem 2008-03-14 08:47AM | 0 recs
That special MyDD spin

This diary is by way of addressing the fact that Obama has both released a full list of his earmarks and voted to make such disclosure mandatory, while Clinton refuses to disclose her earmarks and voted against the reform.

by EMTP democrat 2008-03-13 07:20PM | 0 recs
kudos for Barack for releasing his earmarks

Sunshine is the best disenfectant.

As for the diary, what a pathetic grab bag of weak innuendo. Is this really the best you can do, Susanhu? $1.3 million for a defense contractor and a new hospital wing? Throw more crap, hope something sticks. Have any proof MO's salary went up as a result of the earmark? Could it be that it went up for other reasons? Want to compare Obama's earmarks to HRC's?

You'd think Clinton supporters would be sensitive to innuendo based "scandals" like this and Rezko after the Whitewater farce. All you seem to have learned is how to stoke Starr-quality scandals.

The sad part is that I bet this diary will be on the recommended list in under an hour.

Absolutely pathetic.

by grover738 2008-03-13 07:20PM | 0 recs
Re: kudos for Barack for releasing his earmarks

8 million for a defense contractor...  guess he IS part of that military industrial complex you obama fans are so fond of talking about.

by Catriley sez 2008-03-13 07:54PM | 0 recs
Re: kudos for Barack for releasing his earmarks

Yes, I love that military industrial complex. I've stated that many times, as have all us Obama supporters.

Let's take a look at HRC's earmarks, shall we? Care to bet who shoveled more money to defense contractors?

Let's not lose sight of the big picture here - Obama released his earmarks. Obama has released all his tax returns. Clinton - not so much.

by grover738 2008-03-14 06:34AM | 0 recs
Obama and Transparency

Obama has hampered Clinton to release her tax returns, yet he won't even release his earmarks? He talks of transparency?

by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-13 07:23PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

....he did release his ear marks, that's how this diary was made possible.

by Setrak 2008-03-13 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

No he did not. The diarist put this:

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.

by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-13 07:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

BTW, I'm not talking about the one year that the diarist posted.

by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-13 07:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

He released his earmarks for all his years in the US Senate. Hillary has released none.

by mattw 2008-03-13 07:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

Yes she has:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home-state projects in last year's spending bills, placing her among the top 10 Senate recipients of what are commonly known as earmarks, according to a new study by a nonpartisan budget watchdog group.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/story/2008/02/14/ST2008021401593.ht ml

by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-13 08:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

No, I made a mistake. She hasn't. Obama just released his today.

by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-13 08:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

THANK YOU.

by victoryfordems 2008-03-14 09:31AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

The logic of the argument is weak.   Obama releases his federal ear marks(which are arguably more substantial in size..) and calls on Hillary to do the same.   She does not, but her supporters jump on parts of the information that Obama releases.   They claim "he's not being transparent."   THEIR CANDIDATE HAS RELEASED NOTHING.  Not her tax returns, not her WH schedule, not her ear marks.  No disclosure.

by Setrak 2008-03-13 08:01PM | 0 recs
by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-13 08:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

Doh..!!!

by Its Like Herding Cats 2008-03-14 12:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama and Transparency

Hampered?  

by interestedbystander 2008-03-14 12:16PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks & the Crown Family

The link between Michelle's pay raise and that earmark is troubling.  I've never seen a credible explanation, or any explanation really, for a raise of that magnitude.

People try to make an issue out of Hillary's earmarks, but what they're missing is that there's no showing of a personal benefit to Hillary as a result of directing those earmarks.  If someone gave Hillary $200,000 in cash (not even a campaign contribution, but cold hard cash), and then she directed an earmark to them, that would be a heck of a story!!!  But it's a story I haven't actually seen.

by Steve M 2008-03-13 07:36PM | 0 recs
Re: the Crown Family

Not to mention what the Crown family has probably helped raise amongst friends and employees, etc.  I just don't think these revelations reflect a political outsider and someone who rejects corporate money, as he claims. David Axelrod can only fool people for so long -- he was just hoping all this would stay undercovers until it was too late for people to back out of the Obama lovefest.

by Catriley sez 2008-03-13 07:53PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks & the Crown F

If someone gave Hillary $200,000 in cash (not even a campaign contribution, but cold hard cash), and then she directed an earmark to them, that would be a heck of a story!!!  But it's a story I haven't actually seen.

That might be because Hillary has refused to release her earmarks, at all.

I'm sure Hillary would never do anything like that - say, like pardoning someone indicted on federal tax evasion and charges of illegal trade with Iran. No, Bill did, but she wouldn't.

by mattw 2008-03-13 08:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Try to imagine that the people involved are named Bill and Hillary Clinton so you can develop an idea of how sketchy it looks to other people.

by Steve M 2008-03-13 08:12PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Try to imagine Hillary as the nominee, then imagine the lawsuits, the FOIA requests and the hearings that the Republicans will file just to link Library doners to Hillary.

I seem to recall that When the whole Whitewater investigation began, the Democrats were in charge of the Senate.  Do you really want to take that chance again?

by Its Like Herding Cats 2008-03-14 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

What's troubling is that our "completely vetted" candidate has not released her earmarks and has not released the records of the Clinton library donations.

Are you really willing to take the chance that there are no 1,2,3 million Dollar donors that might find their names turning up on Hillary's earmarks or legislation?

Our "completely vetted" candidate is far from it and I wonder how long before the Republicans start filing FOIA requests?

by Its Like Herding Cats 2008-03-14 12:00PM | 0 recs
wink wink

God, Susan. This diary, god. I can't believe you. (fake outrage). Don't you realize that Obama just wouldn't do anything like what you are suggesting. He just wouldn't. (more fake outrage) It would mean, it would mean (lip pout now) that I've been hoodwinked. That, that, he isn't special...I'm not special. (sniffles)

by grlpatriot 2008-03-13 07:40PM | 0 recs
Re: transparency

The Clinton Library is Bill's deal.  If this is what you are relying on, you've got nothing.

When is Barack going to come clean on his affiliation with Rezko?  

by cjbardy 2008-03-13 07:47PM | 0 recs
Re: transparency

The Clinton Library is Bill's deal.....

That is a remarkably naive statement.  Were you alive in the 1990's?  Does Vince Foster ring a bell?  The Rose law firm? Commodities earnings?  

If you think that the Republicans will not milk the Clinton Library donor list to within an inch of it's life, you are out of touch with reality my friend.

by Its Like Herding Cats 2008-03-14 12:28PM | 0 recs
Re: transparency

Believe me I was alive long before the 1990s!  Were you?

The Republicans can milk those issues all they want.  There is nothing there because the have been explored to death.

 But they do have a lot of new points to milk with Obama, such is Wright, Rezko, Farrakhan, Ayers, Dohrn and others.

by cjbardy 2008-03-15 08:13PM | 0 recs
Re: transparency

Born in 1942,

Bills Library has not been explored to death, let alone explored at all.  Trust me if the Republicans can turn whitewater into  a 6 year, 40 million Dollar investigation, they will turn librarygate into one as well.

There are so many skeletons the Republicans can pull out of their Clinton quiver, Hillary is far from vetted.  

Hsu, Peter Paul, earmarks, library.....

Facts are just facts, the Clinton's spent 8 years being crucified, do you want 8 more, because there are plenty of remaining closet doors to open.

by Its Like Herding Cats 2008-03-16 10:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks & the Crown Family

There is so much about all of this that has yet to see the light of day. When people start connecting the dots between who Obama gets his campaign contributions from and who benefits from Obama's legislative activities, the picture will start to become very clear. And then just maybe people will see that indeed they have been hoodwinked by that master bamboozler himself, Barack Obama.

by Fleaflicker 2008-03-13 08:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks & the Crown Fam

Obama requested earmarks for dozens and dozens of hospitals, many in much larger amounts. His wife was promoted to a VP position she was eminently qualified for. There's no story here - if there was, Obama would have just kept his earmarks to himself.

Now, ask if he's letting this out - what is Hillary hiding that she won't release hers?

by mattw 2008-03-13 08:05PM | 0 recs
by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-13 08:12PM | 0 recs
Re: She has already released them
HillaryKnight08.
Your comments is patently false. She has NOT released the earmarks of her US senate career. Why else would every news organization be running the story that McCain (and now Obama) are requesting them.
Support your candidate, but maintain perspective.
by Newcomer 2008-03-13 10:46PM | 0 recs
Re: She has already released them

You're right. It wasn't intentional to be false. I just now figured out that she hasn't released them.

by HillaryKnight08 2008-03-14 03:01AM | 0 recs
Re: She has already released them

Good, I hope this gives you some perspective on how wrong the whole conception of this diary is.

by marcotom 2008-03-14 07:48AM | 0 recs
Re: She has already released them

Fair enough.

by Newcomer 2008-03-14 08:22AM | 0 recs
Re: She has already released them

THANK YOU, AGAIN. Let's see the records from BOTH sides so everyone can make an INFORMED DECISION.

by victoryfordems 2008-03-14 09:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks, the Crown Family

I recommend everyone see this Buffenbarger video and read this post:

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/02/20/ machinists-union-tells-it-like-it-is/#co mment-158262

by Nobama 2008-03-13 08:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

It's interesting that on his own, Obama was responsible for $3.3m in earmarks while Hillary was responsible for only $98k.

It's also interesting that Hillary wanted to fund a Woodstock museum. The funding request was turned down. I was at Woodstock in 1969. Too bad about the museum. At least I still have my tickets.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/con tent/article/2008/02/13/AR2008021303635_ 2.html?sid=ST2008021401593

by Nobama 2008-03-13 08:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

You are either committing intellectual dishonesty or stupidity.  Hillary Clinton has a lot more than 98k worth of ear marks.

by Setrak 2008-03-14 02:22AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Do you actually look at the facts before stating lies?

by marcotom 2008-03-14 07:49AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Only $98,000? What have you been smoking? Time to come off that 40 year Woodstock high.

by victoryfordems 2008-03-14 09:39AM | 0 recs
Re: HRC's Earmarks- 2.3billion.

It is so laughable..HRC has 2.3 billion in earmarks that she keeps hidden from 02-06 and Obama releases all his earmark info for the years in the senate and he gets picked on for having 5% of her total... yikes the double standard around her is frightening.

by hawkjt 2008-03-13 08:47PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

McCain hits Obama hard on earmarks, lack of specifics

http://embeds.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/02/ 14/mccain-hits-obama-hard-on-earmarks-la ck-of-specifics/

by Nobama 2008-03-13 09:40PM | 0 recs
Some Perspective

As my name suggests, I am a newcomer. I am also a supporter of Obama. This discussion requires a little perspective. Obama released his tax returns for 2006 some time ago. HRC has not. Obama has now released the full disclosure of his US Senate earmarks from 2005-2007. HRC has not.

We may debate the earmarks - and even suggest some funny business. But how can this discussion even begin to be fair without knowing the details of Hillary's earmarks?

Finally, to the individual that can say (with a straight face/blog) that Bill Clinton's library and foundation are not relevant to the HRC campaign...are you kidding me? HRC sits on both Boards and to be fair, if you are going to suggest that Michelle Obama received perks for something her husband did - why cant someone consider what HRC gains from what her husband is doing?

We can duke this out all night...but please, a little perspective.

by Newcomer 2008-03-13 10:43PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Now I understand why Michelle Obama is finally proud of her country.

by truthteller2007 2008-03-14 12:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Do explain...and try...if you can...to not use Republican talking points.

by Newcomer 2008-03-14 07:54AM | 0 recs
Wondering...

how it is we know about Sen. Obama's earmarks?

What do we know about Sen. Clinton's earmarks, if any?

by Trond Jacobsen 2008-03-14 07:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks &

Hey Susan,

Is your candidate so crappy that you don't have the ability to write a poorly written diary about her?  Your writing is garbage, but its amazing that you can't find anything positive to say about Clinton... only distortions and fiction about Obama.  

by yitbos96bb 2008-03-14 07:37AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Let's continue this discussion after Senator Clinton releases her earmarks (and tax returns).  

For now let me say that I am shocked, shocked, that Obama asked for money for University of Chicago Hospitals and for a weapons system that will be used in Iraq and beyond.  Can you imagine an Illinois Senator of either party who would not have made the same requests?  Tom Coburn doesn't count.  

by Kensingtonbill 2008-03-14 08:05AM | 0 recs
Why won't Hillary release her earmarks list?

by Moonwood 2008-03-14 08:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Why won't Hillary release her earmarks list?
Not to change the subject, but why aren't we kicking the REPUBLICANS ASS about a $2.7 TRILLION DOLLAR WAR OVER 10 YEARS AND A $100-$200 BILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS IN THE IRAQI TREASURY, WHILE GAS GOES TO $4.00 PER GALLON AND BEYOND. Maybe we can all go to work for defense contractors and make some real money, except they keep sending those jobs overseas, too.
LET'S GET THIS NOMINATION PROCESSS OVER WITH, ONE WAY OR THE OTHER AND UNITE TO KICK THE REPUBLICANS ASS IN NOVEMBER OR WE'LL ALL BE SELLING APPLES ON THE STREET CORNER.
by victoryfordems 2008-03-14 09:53AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks &

I'm curious, do these constant diaries containing nothing but innuendo and guilt by association indicate that some of the people here have logic-deficiencies?  If some of you people were in the legal profession, you would be laughed out of court because you don't know the first thing about evidence.

by rfahey22 2008-03-14 12:11PM | 0 recs
Obama's $1.9 Million Mansion??

Just watched your youtube video susanhu, and that bit about Obama's "mansion" sounds eerily familiar... hmmm... didn't the Repugs attack John Edwards that same way? did you condemn him too for his big house? what about Hillary, does she live in a modest 1-bedroom apartment? does NY have any "invisible" people and rundown housing? (not that I'd blame Hillary...)

of course it was just a small part of the video (the rest was unconfirmed allegations and insinuation), but all the same, my BS-meter maxes out as soon as I see framing like that.

by End game 2008-03-14 01:12PM | 0 recs
Hillary screwed workers while on Walmart's Board.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Story?id=4 218509&page=1

In six years as a member of the Wal-Mart board of directors, between 1986 and 1992, Hillary Clinton remained silent as the world's largest retailer waged a major campaign against labor unions seeking to represent store workers.

[...]

Wal-Mart's anti-union efforts were headed by one of Clinton's fellow board members, John Tate, a Wal-Mart executive vice president who also served on the board with Clinton for four of her six years.

Tate was fond of repeating, as he did at a managers meeting in 2004 after his retirement, what he said was his favorite phrase, "Labor unions are nothing but blood-sucking parasites living off the productive labor of people who work for a living."

[...]

ut Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and other company officials often recounted how they relied on Tate to lead the company's successful anti-union efforts.

An ABC News analysis of the videotapes of at least four stockholder meetings where Clinton appeared shows she never once rose to defend the role of American labor unions.

The tapes, broadcast this morning on "Good Morning America," were provided to ABC News from the archives of Flagler Productions, a Lenexa, Kan., company hired by Wal-Mart to record its meetings and events.

A former board member told ABCNews.com that he had no recollection of Clinton defending unions during more than 20 board meetings held in private.

The tapes show Clinton in the role of a loyal company woman. "I'm always proud of Wal-Mart and what we do and the way we do it better than anybody else," she said at a June 1990 stockholders meeting/"

Hillary was n the BARD of Walmart and did NOTHING. She sat there and remained silent when Walmart board members called unions "bloood-sucking parasites."

Susan, how do you sleep at night as such a shill for Hill?

by Hesiod Theogeny 2008-03-14 05:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's 2006 Earmarks

Good thing that Hillary has disclosed all of her earmarks so that they can be examined and prove she has no skeletons and prevent the Obama campaign from killing her on the transparency issue...Oh wait...

by conqdad 2008-03-14 05:58PM | 0 recs

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