June 3, 2006

Republican majority leader busted for campaign finance violations

The Federal Election Commission has determined that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's 2000 Senate campaign violated federal campaign finance laws.

The federal agency fined Frist 2000, Inc., $11,000, according to a lawyer representing Frist's campaign and a watchdog group. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington had filed a complaint last year against Frist's 2000 campaign committee and received the FEC's findings Thursday.

The FEC found that Frist 2000, Inc., failed to disclose a $1.44 million loan taken out jointly by the campaign and Frist's 1994 campaign committee.

The Tennessee Republican, who was elected to the Senate in 1994, is not seeking another term and is weighing a possible bid for the presidency in 2008.

Federal law requires full disclosure of any loans taken out by campaign committees. Frist's 1994 campaign committee did disclose the loan to the FEC in January 2001, but the 2000 campaign did not, according to the FEC.


At 6/03/2006 3:04 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

When are people going to stop playing "gotcha" with this sort of thing in order to score cheap partisan points?

Harken back to Saint Lane Evans, a man you say never abandoned his principles. If you recall, St. Lane was also caught with his hand in the cookie jar and is in the process of paying back money his "principles" said he could take.

Did Lane resign in embarrassment? Did he decline to run for another term? Nah! When you're a Democrat in Rock Island County, corruption IS a "principle". Way to go, Lane! Keep on living by those Democrat "principles"! You'll never have to suffer the consequence of corruption----you'll become a cult figure. Sheesh!

At 6/03/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

To say Lane had anything to do with the campaign finance problem is likely utterly false.

He most certainly didn't get "caught with his hand in the cookie jar".

The fact remains that those involved claim no wrong-doing, but it would have cost more to fight the charges than to just settle.

That said, I think it's a mite dangerous for any Republican to try to make the case that Dems are as corrupt or more corrupt than their fellow party members, at least in congress and D.C.

Going by only the corruption which has been proven or revealed alone, the Dems would have a long way to go to catch up.

At 6/04/2006 5:25 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

Jeez Dope, you have imbibed some serious kool-aid if you can give Evans a skate for this. I know that corrupt Democrats in RICO will be given a pass if they claim their "intentions were good". But don't try to change the subject to Frists' wrongdoing, when you were the one who claimed that Evans held fast to his "principles". Maybe Frist had nothing "to do with the campaign finance problem" for which you so easily forgive Evans. Please try not to be such a partisan hack.

But corruption is a Democrat "principle", and damn those Republicans for attempting to co-opt this sacred Democrat right.

I didn't really know you were a Evans Cult member until now.

At 6/04/2006 11:17 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Dook, in all due respect, go to hell.

I'm not a partisan "hack".

You put words into my mouth and beliefs into my head and then attack them.

Did I say anything about Frist being personally responsible for the campaign dough chicanery?

I don't believe so, so don't jump ugly trying to argue that I'm being hypocritical.

I do think Republicans, by and large, are bigger crooks than Dems. Add to that the fact that they've been running the entire show for a long time now, plenty of time for them to succumb to the joys of greed and corruption that the corporate lobbyists are all to happy to provide.

Someone said and I truly believe it, that the Dems were in power for decades and eventually became corrupt. The Republicans of today are just as much and more corrupt that the Dems, it just took them a lot shorter time.

And all these scandals, already too many to keep track of without a scorecard, are only going to multiply and get worse.

And Dook, don't mean to frighten you, but with this much rampant corruption being exposed when the Republicans are firmly in control of both the house and senate and having demonstrated a rather sordid willingness to not investigate their own, JUST IMAGINE what sort of rancid business would be revealed if congrsesional committees were controlled by Dems with subpenoa power.

It would make Watergate pale by comparison.

And please, stop being such a parisan hack. ;-)

Interesting that anyone who dares point out that the emperor has no clothes is a "hack", or an "ultra-extremist" or attacked because they're "out there" or something.

I think the people who excuse all this bull from this administration and Republican controlled legislatures are pretty extreme.

At least they have their heads extremely far up... well.. let's say in a hole in the ground.

Their inability to grasp the damage that Bush has done, is trying to do, and will continue to do is simply bizarre.

I see it as being in some sort of state of denial. They just can't bring themselves to admit what their lying eyes tell them almost daily.

That this guy is a moral failure, incompetent, a very poor leader, inept, and has done and continues to attack the bill of rights, the constitution, tranfer more money to the wealthy and widen the already enormous income gap in the country, and who has done nothing but feed into the hands of those who hate America all around the globe by doing things precisely as those who condemn the U.S. have been telling them we act.

No one has benefited more from our invasion of Iraq than Bin Laden and other terror leaders. Bush played RIGHT into their hands.

Now all they need do is point to attrocities happening all around them and recruits come flooding in.

The debacle in Iraq has created hatred and distrust of America which will last generations.

Lucky us. And thanks George. "Bring 'em on" indeed.

Lane Evans does have principles by the way, and a campaign finance snafu doesn't suggest otherwise.

I know you seem to loath Evans and think he's given too much credit.

I'm not nominating him for Mount Rushmore, but neither do I think he can honestly be considered a "bad" congressman, unless of course, you're a Republican and simply oppose the very principles Evans believes.

We could argue all day and night about Evans. But the bottom line is that you either believe in his principles of helping the average guy and veterans and supporting liberal positions in D.C., or you don't.

If you do share his principles, you think Evans has is doing a fine job. If you don't, well, then you don't think much of him. It's not that complicated.

And I can't always write gems. I often try to answer comments or write posts when I can, which means after I've drug myself home sore and exhausted or when I'm running on fumes just before I hit the hay.

Sorry if you're not able to follow along with my train of thought.

But I think you know exactly what I'm saying. It's just easier to attack the style and ignore what I say than to actually deal with them.

You've not gotten my position on the pork plant correct. Closer, but still not correct.

I don't like the thing. But that doesn't obligate me to put myself forward as some professional economic development specialist either, despite you apparently thinking I need to issue a 500 page "blue ribbon" report on the issue or something.

I don't like the pork plant, I've made my reasons and thinking abundantly clear, so I'm a bit baffled at your continued calls for me to expound some more.

Frankly, the issue is dead and over, just like the thousands of hogs a day out there. The thing is a done deal, so I fail to see the value of rehashing the damn thing.

At 6/05/2006 4:30 PM, Blogger DookOfURL said...

Nice screed. I love the way you do exactly what you accuse me of doing: "You put words into my mouth and beliefs into my head and then attack them." I was commenting about how you gave Evans a pass for campaign finance, but rag on Frist. I'm sure this is why you think the GOP is more corrupt----you conveniently forget about Dem wrongdoing while concentrating on GOP perfidy.

Rather than address Evans corruption, you launch into an anti-GOP, anti-Bush screed. Who said anything about George Bush? Not me. If you can find any comment by me where I make inane, adoring, uncritical remarks about GWB the way the Evans Cult members go on about their god, I'll go back and correct every last one of 'em---because I don't think GWB, the GOP, Lane Evans, Democrats or any other politician or political entity is above criticism, and I've said so many times. The Democrats were kicked out of Congress in '94 because of scandal, and the GOP may well meet that same fate in '06. Personally, I think term limits in Congress would help cut back on corruption. But please spare me your blather that the GOP is "more corrupt", unless you have actual statistics.

As for Evans' "principles" and "helping" veterans, you'll be interested to know that veterans in our great State o' Illinois received the lowest annual disability compensation amounts, compared to other states. Fortunately, Obama and Durbin were on the case and recently passed legislation addressing this discrepancy. Evans was in Congress for over 20 years but didn't see the necessity of addressing this issue.

I didn't mean to badger you about the pork plant, but I thought it would be an interesting discussion to consider what types of business we would want and need here that have a realistic chance of coming to fruition.

What we have here is a failure to communicate. (har!har!)

At 6/06/2006 1:47 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Sho' nuf' do!

I don't hold Frist out as the poster boy of Republican corruption. Hell, he's only peripheral.

There's PLENTY of bigger, badder, and more insidious stuff all over the party to go around.

It's like Christmas in June!

I simply feel it's quite inappropriate to continualy be banging on Evans, a man with many huge struggles at the current time, not the least of which is to cling to some dignity and respect.

I don't take kindly to those who pick this particular time to try to stomp all over him and his record.

It's simply crass and frankly, unfeeling, in my opinion.


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