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Top contributors to Obama and McCain are big banks

Top contributors to Obama and McCain are big banks

 



Obama and McCain Paid Off By Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac execs Paid Off Obama for LAST THREE Years!

Daily Musings
September 18, 2008

Campaign contributions from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac made to Barack Obama may backfire if the Democratic presidential hopeful wages an aggressive campaign to cast blame on rival John McCain and the Republicans in Congress for the mortgage-related losses that forced the U.S. Treasury to take over the quasi-governmental mortgage giants.

A review of Federal Election Commission records back to 1989 reveals Obama in his three complete years in the Senate is the second largest recipient of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae campaign contributions, behind only Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., the powerful chairman of the Senate banking committee. Dodd was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

According to OpenSecrets.com, from 1989 to 2008, Dodd received $165,400 in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac campaign contributions, including contributions from PACs and individuals, followed by Obama, who received $126,349 in such contributions since being elected to the Senate in 2004.

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A Freddie Mac Money Trail Catches Up With McCain

Newsweek
September 27, 2008

Few advisers in John McCain’s inner circle inspire more loyalty from him than campaign manager Rick Davis. McCain and his wife, Cindy, credit the shrewd, and sometimes volatile, Republican insider with rescuing the campaign last year when it was out of money and on the verge of collapse. As a result, McCain has always defended him—even when faced with tough questions about the foreign lobbying clients of Davis’s high-powered consulting firm. “Rick is a friend, and I trust him,” McCain told NEWSWEEK last year.

Last week, though, McCain’s trust in Davis was tested again amid disclosures that Freddie Mac, the troubled mortgage giant that was recently placed under federal conservatorship, paid his campaign manager’s firm $15,000 a month between 2006 and August 2008. As the mortgage crisis has escalated, almost any association with Freddie Mac or Fannie Mae has become politically toxic. But the payments to Davis’s firm, Davis Manafort, are especially problematic because he requested the consulting retainer in 2006—and then did barely any work for the fees, according to two sources familiar with the arrangement who asked not to be identified discussing Freddie Mac business. Aside from attending a few breakfasts and a political-action-committee meeting with Democratic strategist Paul Begala (another Freddie consultant), Davis did “zero” for the housing firm, one of the sources said. Freddie Mac also had no dealings with the lobbying firm beyond paying monthly invoices—but it agreed to the arrangement because of Davis’s close relationship with McCain, the source said, which led top executives to conclude “you couldn’t say no.”

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McCain says only World War III would justify draft

McCain says only World War III would justify draft

Reuters
June 25, 2008

Only World War III would prompt Republican presidential candidate John McCain to bring back the military draft, McCain said on Tuesday.

Many Americans are fearful the U.S. government will be forced to reinstitute the draft given the prolonged Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Asked about that possibility by a potential voter in Florida during a telephone “town hall meeting,” McCain said: “I don’t know what would make a draft happen unless we were in an all-out World War III.”

The United States ended its last military draft in 1973 in the waning years of the Vietnam war, moving to an all-volunteer military force.

McCain, a Vietnam veteran, said the draft during that conflict weighed most heavily on lower-income Americans, and that this should not be repeated.

“I do not believe the draft is even practicable or desirable,” McCain said.

 

Lieberman Must Go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecr-QvOukfM

McCain doesn’t want to impeach Bush
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/McC..mpeach_Bush_0626.html

Wash. Post omitted that Bush withdrew nomination of FEC chairman who questioned McCain loan
http://mediamatters.org/items/200806250006?lid=401636&rid=10117687

McCain Would Give America’s 200 Largest Corporations $45 Billion In Tax Breaks
http://thinkprogress.org/wonkroom/2008/06/26/fortune-200-report/

McCain: ’I stopped beating my wife just a couple of weeks ago’
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/06/mccain-gambles.html

Wexler: McCain’s ’calculating the value of a terrorist attack’ is ’eerie’
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/W..pattern_of_using_0626.html

 



McCain: Iraq war ’will be over soon’

McCain Flip Flops on 100 Years in Iraq Statement

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4kWCWjyI00

 

McCain: ‘I’m The Only Candidate That The Special Interests Don’t Give Money To’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLfSpYULGXY

McCain Co-Chair Indicted On Fraud, Extortion
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008..ted-mcca_n_87974.html

Files and McCain Letter Show Effort to Keep Loophole
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/23/us/politics/23lobby.html

McCain Adviser Does Lobbying Aboard “Straight Talk” Express
http://www.washingtonpost..02/21/AR2008022101131.html

The Real McCain: Senator Gets Millions from Lobbyist “Friends”
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/election08/77541/

McCain defends lobbyist ties
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080222/ap_on_el_pr/mccain_lobbyist

Well, well. Jeb Bush is also connected to Alcalde & Fay (Vicki Iseman’s firm)
http://mparent7777-2.blogs..ush-is-also-connected-to.html

FEC Warns McCain on Campaign Spending
http://www.washingtonpost.com..2103141.html?hpid=topnews

 



Clintons to face fraud trial

Editor’s note: For Bill Clinton’s fraud trial info at LA Superior Court Website Select case summary and enter case number: BC304174
Clintons to face fraud trial
Judge setting date, testimony to include ex-president, senator

World Net Daily

February 19, 2008

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While Hillary Clinton battles Barack Obama on the campaign trail, a judge in Los Angeles is quietly preparing to set a trial date in a $17 million fraud suit that aims to expose an alleged culture of widespread corruption by the Clintons and the Democratic Party.

At the conclusion of a hearing Thursday morning before California Superior Court Judge Aurelio N. Munoz, lawyers for Hollywood mogul Peter F. Paul will begin seeking sworn testimony from all three Clintons – Bill, Hillary and Chelsea – along with top Democratic Party leaders and A-list celebrities, including Barbra Streisand, John Travolta, Brad Pitt and Cher.

Paul’s team hopes for a trial in October. The Clinton’s longtime lawyer David Kendall, who will attend the hearing, has declined comment on the suit.

The Clintons have tried to dismiss the case, but the California Supreme Court, in 2004, upheld a lower-court decision to deny the motion.

Bill Clinton, according to the complaint, promised to promote Paul’s Internet entertainment company, Stan Lee Media, in exchange for stock, cash options and massive contributions to his wife’s 2000 Senate campaign. Paul contends he was directed by the Clintons and Democratic Party leaders to produce, pay for and then join them in lying about footing the bill for a Hollywood gala and fundraiser.

The Clintons’ legal counsel has denied the former president made any deal with Paul. But Paul attorney Colette Wilson told WND there are witnesses who say it was common knowledge at Stan Lee Media that Bill Clinton was preparing to be a rainmaker for the company after he left office.


Paul claims former Vice President Al Gore, former Democratic Party chairman Ed Rendell and Clinton presidential campaign chairman Terry McAuliffe also are among the people who can confirm Paul engaged in the deal.

Paul claims Rendell directed various illegal contributions to the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign and failed to report to the Federal Election Commission more than $100,000 given for a Hollywood event for Gore’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee in 2000. McAuliffe, Paul says, counseled him in two separate meetings to become a major donor to Hillary Clinton to pave the way to hire her husband. Paul asserts top Clinton adviser Harold Ickes also directed him to give money to the Senate campaign but hid that fact in “perjured testimony” during the trial of campaign finance director David Rosen.

Rosen was acquitted in 2005 for filing false campaign reports that later were charged by the FEC to treasurer Andrew Grossman, who accepted responsibility in a conciliation agreement that fined the campaign 35,000. Paul points out the Rosen trial established his contention that he personally gave more than $1.2 million to Clinton’s campaign and that his contributions intentionally were hidden from the public and the Federal Election Commission.

Rosen, accused of concealing Paul’s in-kind contribution of more than $1 million, was acquitted, but Paul contends the Clinton staffer was a scapegoat. Paul points out chief Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson told the Washington Post he was aware of the donation, yet he never was called as a witness in the Rosen trial.

Paul contends his case will expose “the institutional culture of corruption embraced by the Clinton leadership of the Democratic Party,” which seeks to attain “unaccountable power for the Clintons at the expense of the rule of law and respect for the constitutional processes of government.”

The complaint asserts Clinton has filed four false reports to the FEC of Paul’s donations in an attempt to distance herself from him after a Washington Post story days after the August 2000 fundraiser reported his past felony convictions. Clinton then returned a check for $2,000, insisting it was the only money she had taken from Paul. But one month later, she demanded another $100,000, to be hidden in a state committee using untraceable securities.

“Why wouldn’t that cause someone to inquire?” Paul asked. “Especially since it was days after she said she wouldn’t take any more money from me.”

Paul has the support of a new grass-roots political action group that is helping garner the assistance of one of the nation’s top lawyers

Republican activist Rod Martin says his group plans to highlight Paul’s case as it launches an organization based on the business model of the left-wing MoveOn.org but rooted in the principles and political philosophy of former President Reagan.

Martin’s group also is assisting in Paul’s complaint to the FEC asserting that unless the agency sets aside the conciliation agreement and rescinds immunity granted the senator, it will “have aided and abetted in the commission” of a felony.

Paul’s case is the subject of a video documentary largely comprised of intimate “home movies” of Hillary Clinton and her Hollywood supporters captured by Paul during the period.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq8aopATYyw

Recent News:

Out-of-control Bill Clinton slaps protester
http://www.capitolhillblue.com/cont/node/4575

Ten years ago, Bill Clinton tried to start a war with Iraq and well-organized activists stopped him
http://peaceandjustice.org/article.php?story=20080218105232576

Hillary Clinton Pretends She Never Praised NAFTA
http://action.credomobile.com/sirota/2008/..n_pretends_she_n_1.html

If you gave $$ to Clinton, she’s sold your info to a direct-mail spammer
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18958566

Hillary Clinton could’t be bothered protecting us from illegal surveillance
http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/r..gress=110&session=2&vote=00015

Clinton ‘planned to divorce Hillary to be with one of his many lovers’
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pag..=457708&in_page_id=1766&ito=1490

Michael Moore Exposes Hillary Clinton on Health Care
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMqXIcG6oWM

Behind the Scenes With Hillary, Secret Service Agents Speak Out
http://www.newsmax.com/kessler/white_house_hillary/2008/02/07/70866.html

Clinton’s new campaign manager comes with financing scandals
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/01/welcome-maggie.html

Hillary Watch

 



NY Times: McCain had possible relations to Female Lobbyist

NY Times: McCain had possible relations to Female Lobbyist

NY Times

February 21, 2008

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Early in Senator John McCain’s first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers.

A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, in his offices and aboard a client’s corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman’s access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity.

When news organizations reported that McCain had written letters to government regulators on behalf of the lobbyist’s clients, the former campaign associates said, some aides feared for a time that attention would fall on her involvement.

McCain, 71, and the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, 40, both say they never had a romantic relationship. But to his advisers, even the appearance of a close bond with a lobbyist whose clients often had business before the Senate committee McCain led threatened the story of redemption and rectitude that defined his political identity.

It had been just a decade since an official favor for a friend with regulatory problems had nearly ended McCain’s political career by ensnaring him in the Keating Five scandal. In the years that followed, he reinvented himself as the scourge of special interests, a crusader for stricter ethics and campaign finance rules, a man of honor chastened by a brush with shame.

But the concerns about McCain’s relationship with Iseman underscored an enduring paradox of his post-Keating career. Even as he has vowed to hold himself to the highest ethical standards, his confidence in his own integrity has sometimes seemed to blind him to potentially embarrassing conflicts of interest.

Read Full Article Here

 

McCain: I did not have sexual relations with that woman

Nick Juliano
Raw Story
February 21, 2008

‘Disappointed’ in NY Times piece; ‘It’s not true’

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Republican presidential candidate John McCain faced the explosion of a long-ticking timebomb Thursday morning when the New York Times revealed allegations of his questionable conduct with a woman who lobbied for the telecommunications industry.

In a 9 a.m. press conference, McCain denied the Times report, saying he was disappointed with the paper of record’s handling of the story.

“I’m very disappointed in The New York Times piece,” McCain said. “It’s not true.”

The Arizona Senator flatly denied that he had a romantic relationship with the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, and he said campaign aides never warned him about speculation the two were having an affair nor intervened to keep her from campaign events.

While he said he was unaware whether aides discussed the alleged relationship amongst themselves, McCain said he never heard the concerns personally. He went on to pan the Times‘ sourcing of the article.

“I do notice with some interest that it’s, quote, ‘former aides,’ that this whole story is based on anonymous sources. … I’m very disappointed in that,” McCain said.

One former top campaign aide, John Weaver, did speak on the record to the Times and the Washington Post, which produced its own story on McCain and Iseman Thursday.

Weaver told the papers he met Iseman in person at Union Station in Washington, DC, to warn her to stay away from McCain. In his press conference Thursday, McCain said he had not spoken about the Times investigation with Weaver before it was published and he denied knowing about the Union Station meeting.

Right off the bat, McCain was asked about the most salacious implications of the Times article.

Q Senator, did you ever have any meeting with any of your staffers in which they would have intervened to ask you not to see Vicki Iseman or to be concerned about appearances of being too close to a lobbyist? SEN. MCCAIN: No. Q No meeting ever occurred? SEN. MCCAIN: No. Q No staffer was ever concerned about a possible romantic relationship? SEN. MCCAIN: If they were, they didn’t communicate that to me. Q Did you ever have such a relationship? SEN. MCCAIN: No.

McCain also acknowledged speaking to Times editor Bill Keller while the paper was reporting its story, but he said he never tried to dissuade him from publishing it.

“I called him up when the investigation was going on and I asked him basically what was happening and that we hoped that we could bring this to closure,” McCain said. “But it was a very brief conversation.”

At one point, Cindy McCain took to the microphone to share her own criticism of the paper.

“My children and I not only trust my husband but know that he would never do anything to not only disappoint our family, but [to] disappoint the people of America,” she said. “He’s a man of great character, and I’m very, very disappointed in The New York Times.”

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2ueSREqe3qc

FEC: John McCain’s campaign was effectively broke
http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=4056

McCain Statement Repudiating NY Times Piece
http://www.electiongeek.com/blo..-repudiating-ny-times-piece/

Why Did The NYT Hold McCain-Lobbyist Story?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/0..the-nyt-hold-mcca_n_87704.html

Employer of McCain linked lobbyist Vicki Iseman removes her bio from Web but doesn’t understand concept of Internet Archive
http://www.electiongeek.com/blog/20..io-pulled-from-web/

McCain and the Lobbyist – Is This Why Romney Only ‘Suspended’ His Campaign?
http://www.pensitoreview.com/20..-lobbyist-relationship/

Kristol: Fear is a pretty good argument for McCain
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/20/mccain-more-occupations/

McCain: I Could Send U.S. Troops ‘Anywhere’ For ‘A Long Period of Time’
http://thinkprogress.org/2008/02/20/mccain-more-occupations/

McCain’s Advisors Don’t Appear Too Close To Bush
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/../16%2BUdc/9dQPxJLHa2A

Bush 41 Endorses McCain
http://ap.google.com/article/A..Jn95tAD8UQQHM80

 



Ron Paul Is The Candidate Of The Troops

Government Figures Prove Ron Paul Is The Candidate Of The Troops
Top three contributors to Congressman’s campaign are army, navy, air force

Steve Watson
Infowars.net

February 15, 2008

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Presidential candidate Ron Paul’s avocation of a humble foreign policy and his determined anti-war stance has once again been proven to be extremely popular amongst American servicemen and women as newly released figures reveal the top three contributors to the Congressman’s campaign are from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force respectively.

The figures have been posted at www.opensecrets.org, the website for the Federal Election Commission, the body that oversees campaign donations.

“No matter how you measure it, Dr. Paul has the support of our nation’s brave servicemen and women,” said Kent Snyder, Ron Paul 2008 campaign chairman. “His message of a strong national defense, and only going to war with a declaration of war – as mandated by the Constitution – resonates with those who risk their lives to defend that Constitution.”

The following table highlights the figures:

RON PAUL (R):

US Army $68,817
US Navy $57,076
US Air Force $52,371
Google Inc $51,382
Microsoft Corp $46,079
US Postal Service $31,054
Lockheed Martin $26,754
Boeing Co $24,388
At&T Inc $22,398
IBM Corp $19,177
Verizon Communications $18,399
Hewlett-Packard $18,014
Apple Inc $17,314
Intel Corp $16,751
Northrop Grumman $16,067
General Electric $15,788
General Dynamics $15,584
Cisco Systems $14,702
US Dept of Defense $14,338
Wachovia Corp $14,231

HOW TO READ THIS CHART: This chart lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization’s PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.

Because of contribution limits, organizations that bundle together many individual contributions are often among the top donors to presidential candidates. These contributions can come from the organization’s members or employees (and their families). The organization may support one candidate, or hedge its bets by supporting multiple candidates.

Ron Paul has received almost triple the amount of military contributions as John McCain, whose top contributors do not include any branch of the military.

The Congressman’s total military donations also add up to almost as much as all the other remaining candidates, Republican and Democratic combined.

The figures overwhelmingly prove that those on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as veterans understand that Ron Paul is the only candidate who truly supports the troops by believing in a strong national defense while rejecting the gross abuse of the military via unconstitutional aggression.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5Aue2yZAOs

 

Establishment media’s censorship of Ron Paul

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXCkgz1Y-Bk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4QO7zXTljE

Ron Paul stays to support a Pro-Constitution resolution and GOP members stage walkout
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/02/14/house.contempt/index.html

Pledge to March in Washington D.C. for Ron Paul
http://www.ronpaulmarch.com/index.html

Ron Paul supporters ready to campaign through weekend
http://www.packersnews.com/apps/..215/SPJ0101/802150605/1983

Ron Paul supporters launch billboard in Austin
http://www.ronpaulwarroom.com/?p=6395

Paul backers rally against McCain
http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=718812

Paul Advocates for Greater Respect for Personal Freedoms
http://www.thehoya.com/node/15382

Ron Paul on Competing Currencies
http://www.house.gov/paul/congrec/congrec2008/cr021308h.htm

Ron Paul Calls For March On Washington D.C.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articl..rch_washington.htm