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    Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    (CNN) -- A watchdog group says it plans to ask authorities in Delaware to investigate Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's finances.

    At issue are more than $20,000 of spending in 2009 and 2010 that Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington claims was illegal.

    "It turns out Miss O'Donnell has treated her campaign funds like they are her very own personal piggy bank. She's used that money to pay for things like her rent, for gas, meals and even a bowling outing. And that's just flat-out illegal," said Melanie Sloan, the group's executive director.

    In an interview on CNN's "AC360," Sloan said her organization would be sending letters to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware and the Federal Elections Commission on Monday asking them to investigate.
    Now flicking through their website, it appears they don't just target conservatives as I'm sure that accusation was coming.

    In fact here's a list of who they believe to be congress' most corrupt

    •Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
    •Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL)
    •Rep. Ken Calvert (R-CA)
    •Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA)
    •Sen. John Ensign (R-NV)
    •Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL)
    •Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA)
    •Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    •Rep. Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV)
    •Rep. John P. Murtha (D-PA)
    •Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-NY)
    •Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA)
    •Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN)
    •Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
    •Rep. Don Young (R-AK)

    So, as I have illustrated.

    Hopefully this isn't about politics, but about actual ethics.

    But nothing has been proven, we shall wait and see.

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    Re: Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    Now that jet's lied to us all, let's play out some truth on CREW:

    CREW is funded in part by individuals who are members of the Democracy Alliance.
    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - SourceWatch
    "At least 80 wealthy liberals have pledged to contribute $1 million or more apiece to fund a network of think tanks and advocacy groups to compete with the potent conservative infrastructure built up over the past three decades," The Washington Post reported in August, 2005. [1]
    Rob Stein's PowerPoint presentation on how the Right built a strong infrastructure of think tanks, non-profits, non-profit groups, scholarship recipients, academics, lobbyists, right wing activists and the media led to the founding of the Democracy Alliance, and also a separate organization, the New Progressive Coalition founded by entrepreneurs Andy and Deborah Rappaport.
    The Democracy Alliance tries to keep a low profile and its wealthy donors prefer anonymity. According to published reports, organizations funded by Democracy Alliance are asked not to reveal the funding.
    Democracy Alliance - SourceWatch

    "Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Sloan served as Minority Counsel for the [House Judiciary Committee], working on criminal justice issues for then-Ranking Member [John Conyers] (D-MI). Ms. Sloan also served as Counsel for the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by then-Representative [Charles Schumer] (D-NY). There, she drafted portions of the 1994 Crime Bill, including the [Violence Against Women Act]. In 1993, Ms. Sloan served as Nominations Counsel to the [Senate Judiciary Committee], under then-Chairman [Joseph Biden] (D-DE). Prior to working for the Congress, she was an associate at Howrey and Simon in Washington D.C. Ms. Sloan received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago and has published in the Yale Law and Policy Review, and numerous other publications," her biographical note states.[1]
    Melanie Sloan - SourceWatch

    Naomi Seligman is Deputy Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Previously, she worked in the communications department at Media Matters for America. [1]
    Naomi Seligman - SourceWatch

    That should give you some insight into this "non-partisan" group.

    That they have liberals on the list means little as all of those are in the media and hardly defensible.
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    Re: Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    That should give you some insight into this "non-partisan" group.

    That they have liberals on the list means little as all of those are in the media and hardly defensible.
    So then how come they also investigate democrats?

    Or is a conspiracy to appear non-partisan?

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    Re: Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Now that jet's lied to us all, let's play out some truth on CREW:


    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington - SourceWatch


    Democracy Alliance - SourceWatch


    Melanie Sloan - SourceWatch


    Naomi Seligman - SourceWatch

    That should give you some insight into this "non-partisan" group.

    That they have liberals on the list means little as all of those are in the media and hardly defensible.
    And?

    Was what was reported wrong?

    Did or did not O'Donnell use campaign funds to support her personal life?
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    Re: Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    So then how come they also investigate democrats?

    Or is a conspiracy to appear non-partisan?
    They are not, non-partisan.
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    Re: Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    I don't think anybody or anything is truly non-partisan, so can we dispense with that red herring?

    Jet's point is that they're not all about attacking one side or the other, that both parties have felt the sting of their wrath, such as it is.

    That's a point you can't simply dismiss.
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    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    Are they inaccurate in their bipartisan allegations?
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    Re: Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    *winston hands jet a cup coffee*

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    Re: Watchdog group: Delaware candidate's spending 'flat-out illegal'

    CBS Dishonestly Touts 'Non-Partisan Watchdog' Group's Quest for a 'Criminal Investigation' of Christine O'Donnell | NewsBusters.org

    Reporter Nancy Cordes painted O'Donnell as a hypocrite, charging that “even as she preached a return to fiscal conservatism, O'Donnell's own unorthodox spending habits were starting to come under heavy scrutiny,” asserting “the unemployed O'Donnell used campaign funds to pay for meals, gas, bowling trips, and personal rent, even long after the campaign had ended.”

    CBS then gave a platform to veteran Democratic activist Melanie Sloan, who is now advancing her liberal agenda as Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). She alleged O'Donnell “just stole” campaign donations.

    Cordes legitimized CREW by misleadingly describing the obviously liberal outfit as “the non-partisan watchdog group” which “is urging the U.S. attorney in Delaware to open a criminal investigation.” Sloan got a second soundbite to declare: “It's not sloppiness, it's out-and-out theft.”



    Read more: CBS Dishonestly Touts 'Non-Partisan Watchdog' Group's Quest for a 'Criminal Investigation' of Christine O'Donnell | NewsBusters.org

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