Senatorial Glass Houses
A friend pointed me to this information over at the National Rebublican Senatorial Committee website. It indicates that 40 out of 45 sitting Democratic Senators have taken money from Jack Abramoff or his clients. Now the NRSC is stating that they retrieved the information from the Campaign Finance Analysis Project Website, (access is for members only), Political Money Line and the IRS website.
I found some of the numbers listed to be troubling, and that is putting it mildly. Here are a few notable examples and how much (according to the NRSC website):
Byron Dorgan(D-ND) Received At Least $79,300
Dick Durbin (D-IL) Received At Least $14,000
Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Received At Least $29,550
Joe Lieberman (D-CT) Received At Least $29,830 and
John Kerry (D-MA) Received At Least $98,550
Notably absent from this list is our soon to be former Senior Senator, Mark Dayton.
Now I am not naive enough to think that there are no Republican senators on this list, however a visit to the DSCC website did not reveal any similarly detailed information. It simply listed 5 Republican Senators....Senators that we already knew about.
What we know now, via public records, is that a lot of people on both sides of the aisle took money from either Jack Abramoff or his clients. By now, we have all seen the list (in pink and blue) that shows a supposed "vast" number of Republicans who took Abramoff money. As I said here the smart party is going to propose some real campaign finance and lobbying reform. The party that is not serious about it is going to go to on Wolf Blitzer's program and say "we never took money from Abramoff, only his clients" as if there is a difference! Whatever!!!!!!
In discussing this issue a wise woman asked "My question is, "Which of them sold their votes for favors, and who merely accepted the donations without performing favors and selling out?" Two different animals in my book." and she is absolutely correct. That is where the difference lies.....who took the money and sold out and who didn't!
Here is my challenge to any Democrats that are reading this blog. Find me a source that says that 90% of the sitting Republican Senators took money from Abramoff or his clients. You can send it to me at the address LadyLogician at hope4america (dot) net.
But know this readers , contrary to the protestations of the DNC Chairman, taking money from Jack Abramoff clients who are giving money to you at Abramoff's direction, is the same as taking money from the man directly! So Ms. Pelosi......bring on the investigation! But make sure your house is in order or you could end up being taken down by your own myopia!