Friday, September 08, 2006

Another Democrat Accused of Ethics Violations

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Hey Donks, how's that whole culture of corruption thing working out for you? You remember, the plan to paint all Republicans with the Abramoff/Duke Cunningham brush. Well, it has backfired incredibly and here's one more example:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell helped arrange more than $11 million in federal money in the past year for projects benefiting clients of a lobbyist who is advising her re-election campaign and still owes her money from a personal loan.

Cantwell, a Democrat who is in a tight re-election race, has reported for years that former campaign manager Ron Dotzauer owes her between $15,000 and $50,000 for a personal loan predating her first Senate election in 2000. Dotzauer now runs a lobbying firm.

The loan was still listed as outstanding on the financial disclosure report Cantwell filed in May. The senator's office said Dotzauer continues to advise informally Cantwell's campaign as an unpaid adviser.

Since last fall, Cantwell has helped persuade Senate appropriators to set aside $9.6 million - known as "earmarks" in congressional parlance - for a dam project benefiting two clients of Dotzauer's firm and $2 million more for the biotechnology company Inologic also represented by his firm.

There's those words again "lobbyist" and "earmarks". It seems as they are the root of all evil in DC. More pork for these good people to highlight.

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