Payola Lobbyist/Contractor Fundraiser for Hillary: Edwards email
by TarHeel, Tue Sep 18, 2007 at 09:20:36 AM EDT
Close your eyes and imagine that George Bush in 2003 was having a fundraiser ($1,000 a plate or $25,000 minimum for bundlers) to line his re-election war chest and the kicker was you would get to have small breakout sessions with Republican committee chairs who oversee appropriations for your business.
The idea of committee chairs selling access to contractors and lobbyists who represent the military industrial complex would probably offend you.
Apparently, Hillary is having such a fundraiser today and Edwards guy Joe Trippi has the audacity to bring light to this event and try to raise some funds off it...
ABC news is actually the first group to bring this fundraiser to light.
One week later, the junior New York senator is scheduled to speak at a homeland security-themed, $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for her campaign in the downtown Washington, D.C. offices of a powerful legal firm.
"Being a week after 9/11, it appears unseemly and politically opportunistic," said Steve Ellis, a former Coast Guard officer who is now vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington, D.C. good government group.
Clinton's fundraising audience is expected to include many of the government contractors and lobbyists whose fortunes have soared in the years since the attacks, which triggered a massive government reorganization and billions in new government spending.
But that's not the only objectionable feature of the event, critics say.
For the price of a ticket -- from a $1,000 personal donation to a $25,000 bundle -- attendees will get a special treat after the luncheon: an opportunity to participate in small, hour-long "breakout sessions" hosted by key Democratic lawmakers, many of whom chair important subcommittees on the Homeland Security committee.
"It's an outrage," said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Washington, D.C. good-government group Project on Government Oversight.
"You never want to see lawmakers trading on their national security credentials...to people making large donations," Ellis concurred.
The break-out sessions include:
First Responders, with Reps. Henry Cuellar, Texas (chair, Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response Subcommittee of Homeland Security Committee) and Nita Lowey, N.Y. (Appropriations, Homeland Security Committee)
Intelligence and Information Sharing, with Reps. Jane Harman, Calif. (chair, Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment Subcommittee of Homeland Security Committee) and C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersburger, Md. (chair, Technical and Tactical Intelligence Subcommittee of intelligence committee)
Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, with Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas (chair, Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee of Homeland Security Committee) and Jerrold Nadler, N.Y. (Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Judiciary Committee)
Science and Technology, with Reps. Jim Langevin, R.I. (chair, Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science and Technology Subcommittee of Homeland Security Committee; intelligence committee) and Ellen Tauscher, Calif. (chair, Strategic Forces Subcommittee of Armed Services Committee)
National Security, with Reps. Kendrick Meek, Fla. (Armed Services Committee) and Joseph Sestak, Pa. (Armed Services Committee)
"Political fundraising should have no relationship to policy recommendations," said Brian, a former policy analyst for Congress. "Most of these [participants] are seasoned policymakers. How can they not see this as wrong?" It only made things worse, she said, that the event was centered around so sensitive and vital a topic as homeland security.
The Clinton campaign and most lawmakers participating in the event did not respond to requests for comment for this story.
One participant, Rep. C. A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger, D-Md., said he didn't see anything wrong with the event.
"I very strongly feel that it's time we get politics out of national security," he said in an interview Monday. "It's more important than ever that we keep discussing national security."
"The unfortunate part of our [political] system is that to get your message out, you have to raise money," Ruppersberger said. "Until that system is changed, you have to have the ability to raise money so people know what you are and who you are."
It's almost comical to say Hillary is the one who needs this...
you can read the email here:
the host of the event is Jones Day law firm - check out their clients
as mentioned in the comments remember how nuts the dem groups went over Cheney's oil meetings?
here's Trippi's response to Hillary's standard "negative attacks""flagging polls" trademarked DEFLECTION FROM THE SUBSTANCE OF "ATTACK"
Senator Clintons fundraising event today serves as the poster child for what is wrong with Washington and why we need big change to put Washington back on the side of regular Americans. Whether Senator Clintons campaign realizes it or not, the truth is there arent many Americans who believe it is okay to take money from lobbyists and then sit them down with the chairs of the very committees that they seek to influence. That no one in the Clinton campaign --including the candidate -- found anything wrong with holding this fundraiser is an indication of just how bad things have gotten in Washington."