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    Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned

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    The recent allegations outlined four specific transactions. In addition to the payment to Steele's sister, Fabian said that the candidate used money from his state campaign improperly; that Steele paid $75,000 from the state campaign to a law firm for work that was never performed; and that he or an aide transferred more than $500,000 in campaign cash from one bank to another without authorization.

    The bank transfer was made against the explicit wishes of other Maryland Republicans, who had hoped to use it to support the campaigns of state legislators, said aides to Steele and former governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.
    And the GOP culture of corruption continues.
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    Re: Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned

    ...and the partisan shenanigans keep coming.
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    Re: Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned

    You have to admit it is somewhat relevant since Obama has received so much grief over his pick's tax issues.
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    Re: Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned

    Quote Originally Posted by Indy View Post
    You have to admit it is somewhat relevant since Obama has received so much grief over his pick's tax issues.
    Only if it's true.
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    Re: Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned

    Two things that make me think that this accusation is at least somewhat untrue:


    The claim about the payment, one of several allegations by Alan B. Fabian, is outlined in a confidential court document. Fabian offered the information last March as he was seeking leniency for himself during plea negotiations on unrelated fraud charges. It is unclear how extensively his claims have been pursued. Prosecutors gave him no credit for cooperation when he was sentenced in October.

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    None of the people interviewed by The Post said they had been contacted by federal agents, and it is difficult to evaluate the extent of the government's inquiry.

    In addition, the allegations came from a person who hoped to benefit by trading on the information. Fabian, 44, was sentenced to nine years in prison for swindling millions of dollars from businesses and banks. Prosecutors alleged that a series of frauds totaled almost $40 million.

    In the memorandum, Wyda asked the court sentencing his client to "consider Mr. Fabian's willingness to assist the government and, if necessary, to testify against a prominent Maryland Republican and rising star on the national stage as evidence of his good character and efforts to redeem himself."
    The fact that the claims were advanced to try to get leniency for himself and that the prosecutors gave him no credit for cooperation indicates that they didn't put much weight behind his claims. Further, the fact that nobody named in the allegations was even contacted by the prosecutors, in spite of the fact that the claims were made 10 months ago, indicates that they didn't see much in this.

    And 2:

    Fabian also alleged that Steele paid the law firm Baker & Hostetler $75,000 for services that were not provided. The expenditure is listed in campaign finance records as an in-kind contribution to the state Republican Party.

    Baker & Hostetler attorney Michael Braden, a former chief counsel for the RNC, said the payment was for services he and other attorneys at the firm provided in challenging legislative redistricting in Maryland in 2002.

    The state party paid Braden's firm more than $60,000 between June 2002 and December 2003 to cover "redistricting legal fees," and Braden said the subsequent $75,000 was to cover the balance for the firm's work. Such late payments are not unusual, he said.
    Baker & Hostetler is a very well respected, major law firm. I very much doubt that they were involved in some massive electoral fraud.

    Beyond that, most of the claims seem iffy. This claim doesn't even seem like it's remotely close to a violation of the law:

    In a separate allegation, Fabian described the bank withdrawal. After the 2006 election, an aide transferred the funds that had been raised for Steele's lieutenant governor campaign -- more than $600,000 -- out of what had been the campaign's bank account.

    Fabian characterized the transfer as improper because the aide lacked signatory authority over the account. Anderson said it was appropriate because Steele had authorization and the aide was acting on his behalf.

    Either way, the transfer strained relations between Ehrlich and Steele.

    The money had been raised for Steele in concert with Ehrlich. Much of it, in fact, had been brought in by Ehrlich's team, said a senior Republican fundraiser and as well as a former Steele aide, each speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

    Because Steele had decided to run for Senate rather than state office, Ehrlich wanted to turn the money in Steele's state account over to the state party for distribution to legislators, the sources said.

    But Steele, who was keeping open the option for a run for governor in 2010, wanted to keep the money in his own account, the sources said. After installing a new treasurer, he had the money transferred to solidify his control, the sources said.

    "I think it's fair to say the Ehrlich folks weren't happy," Anderson said. "That's all internal political stuff, but there's no legal angle."
    The only thing that seems like it could be something is the sister thing. If that's true, it would be a shame.
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    Re: Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned

    Quote Originally Posted by Indy View Post
    You have to admit it is somewhat relevant since Obama has received so much grief over his pick's tax issues.
    How is it relevant in the very least? Obama is the President. He serves the people. He is nominating other democrats to serve the people and they have tax issues and conflicts of interest. Steele doesn't serve the people. He isn't serving in a government role. Of course I'm a realist and I'm not looking at this through partisan blinders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by P/N View Post
    How is it relevant in the very least? Obama is the President. He serves the people. He is nominating other democrats to serve the people and they have tax issues and conflicts of interest. Steele doesn't serve the people. He isn't serving in a government role. Of course I'm a realist and I'm not looking at this through partisan blinders.
    If you insist on being led like a todler to reason then I'll indulge you: If the republicans are throwing fits about how corrupt Obama is for picking people with tax problems, then when the leading Republican gets into trouble for fraud/corruption/ethical problems then it is relevant. If for no other reason than to highlight blatant hypocrisy.
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    Re: Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned

    Quote Originally Posted by P/N View Post
    How is it relevant in the very least? Obama is the President. He serves the people. He is nominating other democrats to serve the people and they have tax issues and conflicts of interest. Steele doesn't serve the people. He isn't serving in a government role. Of course I'm a realist and I'm not looking at this through partisan blinders.
    This allegedly happened in 2006.

    Michael S. Steele, the newly elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, arranged for his 2006 Senate campaign to pay a defunct company run by his sister for services that were never performed, his finance chairman from that campaign has told federal prosecutors.
    Who was Michael Steele in 2006? Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. A public servant.
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    What do you expect from a man who says that a government job is not a real job..........................
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    Re: Steele's Campaign Spending Questioned

    Quote Originally Posted by Indy View Post
    If you insist on being led like a todler to reason then I'll indulge you: If the republicans are throwing fits about how corrupt Obama is for picking people with tax problems, then when the leading Republican gets into trouble for fraud/corruption/ethical problems then it is relevant. If for no other reason than to highlight blatant hypocrisy.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    This allegedly happened in 2006.



    Who was Michael Steele in 2006? Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. A public servant.
    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
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    RNC Chief Says Payments to Sister's Firm Appropriate - Presidential Politics | Political News - FOXNews.com

    Michael Steele, the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, said Sunday that claims he made inappropriate payments to his sister's company for work never performed were untrue and made by a felon trying to get a reduced sentence.

    Steele paid more than $37,000 to a Maryland company run by his sister, Monica Turner, for work related to his unsuccessful 2006 Senate campaign. If she was not reimbursed, both he and his sister would be violating campaign finance laws, said Steele.

    "It was a legitimate reimbursement of expenses," Steele said on ABC's "This Week."
    Looks like some posters on here were eager to jump to conclusions. I guess they see mere allegations are proof of guilt, but only when they are places against the "other side". Let's see how this plays out in the end. If he is guilty of doing what this convicted felon says he did, then he should be removed from his position, no ifs, ands or buts. But since I'm not a Republican and don't have a dog in this hunt, I guess I don't have rose colored glasses altering reality.
    Welfare (Food Stamps, WIC, etc...) are not entitlements. They are taxpayer funded handouts and shouldn't be called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veteran's benefits are 'Entitlements' because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.

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