Saturday, January 07, 2006

News

Sun. a.m. update - came to senses, defanged post; also added Sierra Sun link
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Looks like tomorrow's LA Times (story here; BugMeNot) is a must-see, if this Daily Kos piece is correct.

I suspect that DeLay won't be the only one stepping down.

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Some background:

SourceWatch on Doolittle, and on his wife's company

Corruption probe swells in Congress:
Julie Doolittle's attorney, William L. Stauffer Jr., said [her company] was hired ... to provide "event planning, marketing and related services, as requested by Mr. Abramoff" for Abramoff's Capital Athletic Foundation and his Signatures restaurant.
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Abramoff frequently used the athletic foundation as a pass-through organization to run lobbying efforts and to pay for expenses, records show.


From ThinkProgress
[Abramoff's] Capital Athletic Foundation didn’t raise money for children, as it was advertised to do. "[T]ax and spending records of the Capital Athletic Foundation obtained by The Washington Post show that less than 1 percent of its revenue has been spent on sports-related programs for youths...."

Doolittle's PAC pays his wife's firm ("While Sierra Dominion's work for Doolittle's PAC is disclosed on FEC reports, Julie Doolittle's ownership of it was not known until the business' records were ...subpoenaed in connection with a grand jury investigation of a Washington lobbyist, Jack Abramoff.")

Very short background on Doolittle's involvement with Fitial/Saipan/Marianas - land of sweatshops ("Made in USA" labels and no tariffs,but without USA regs) and forced abortion.

Insider's view of Saipan, pulling no punches, here, with parallels.

Sierra Sun editor Jamie Bate's Dec 7 opinion piece on Doolittle, making the point that "You're known by the company you keep" - and that Doolittle's "unsavory buddies" don't bode well.

4 comments:

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Anna said...

removed a one-line name-calling comment.
we try to have higher standards here even if we are not always successful.

cali said...

This is a great post and deserving of at the very least, decent comments.

There are a few local bloggers following Doolittle's corruption scandal.

Check out Dump Doolittle:

http://solongjohn.blogspot.com

Nite Swimming

http://niteswimming.blogspot.com

Anna said...

Thanks cali dem, didn't know about your blog Nite Swimming (which, for other readers, is primarily-but-not-completely political and has a wider focus than Doolittle (although lately is mostly Doolittle) and looks to be coming from the foothills but likely not the Grass Valley-Nevada City area).

(and no, I don't know who cali dem is, and do wish that his/her blog had a 'contract with readers' indicating whether its proprietor had any vested interests (beyond the ones we all share) in the subjects covered.)

CD, I'm aware of the blog Dump Doolittle but haven't blogrolled it on NCFocus since I have mixed feelings about it, and for that matter any "make x happen" blog or organization; yes it's important to get the info out there, but the mobilizing-and-pushing isn't my realm, am no activist, I'm much more comfortable with straight informing (and the odd snide remark); what the readers choose to do with the info is up to them.