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March 2, 2006

"Washington is for sale," (The Santorum edition)

This is getting redundant. Fun, but redundant.

Will Bunch, of the Philly Daily News, has dug up MORE on our junior senator and his financial dealings.
The largest known giver to a controversial charity founded by U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum made its $25,000 donation as the senator was working to win as much as $8.5 million in federal aid for the donor's project in Delaware County.

Federal tax records show that Preferred Real Estate Inc., the developer of the Wharf at Rivertown project in Chester, wrote the check to Santorum's Operation Good Neighbor Foundation in 2002.
Oh oh.

But it does look like a good investment for Preferred Real Estate, doesn't it? Donate $25K to a sleazoid and get $8.5 mil in return.
But good-government experts were troubled by the appearance of a developer giving money to the senator's charity at the same time it was lobbying for federal dollars. Unlike a campaign contribution, checks to a charity can be written by a corporation and are not subject to any limit.

"It's a neat window into how Washington works," said Gary Ruskin of the Congressional Accountability Project, one of several watchdogs troubled by the potential conflicts when a member of Congress also solicits funds for a charity he runs. "It shows that, more and more, Washington is for sale."
I don't know about ALL of Washington, but it certainly looks like Lil Ricky is for sale. A few more details really need to be exposed on this side of the state:
The Operation Good Neighbor Foundation - a charity that Santorum established in 2001 with the aim of helping faith-based groups and others battling poverty and social ills - already is under fire for spending considerably less on aid and more on expenses than the Better Business Bureau and other charitable watchdogs recommend.

Also, several campaign aides are on the payroll or connected with the charity, including Santorum's campaign finance chief, lobbyist Rob Bickhart, who's been paid $75,000 by Operation Good Neighbor in salary and whose company also receives rent from the charity.
One big happy family.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Apparently, so is Pittsburgh. I don't give a shit about Washington, they've never done anything for me and I don't anticipate that changing in the future, but check this out....

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06050/657854.stm

Pretty sweet --score a few million in RAD taxes to start a project whilst a half a million behind on property taxes. Pays to be O'Connor's neighbor I guess...