|To: fordor who wrote (30)||10/2/1999 11:12:00 PM|
Algore, besides receiving Chinese contributions from his $5000/each Moonie/Budhist monk buddies.......|
now has a crooked weasel for a campaign manager.......
Tony Coelho accused of misdeeds
Gore's campaign manager faces criticism for actions taken in 1998
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2 — Tony Coelho, Vice President Al Gore's campaign manager, misused airline tickets, gave his niece a federal job and received a $300,000 personal loan that may be repaid by the government — all while he directed the U.S. pavilion at a 1998 exposition in Portugal, State Department investigators report.
Stanley Brand, Coelho's personal lawyer, said his client did not violate any laws in a job that did not pay him a salary. (riiiiight!)
THE DEPARTMENT'S inspector general found Coelho, who carried the presidentially appointed title of commissioner general, hired two stepsons of the U.S. ambassador to Portugal for jobs at the “Expo 98” fair; approved “questionable payments” including $26,000 to a consultant who worked out of New York City; and drove used a chauffeur-driven Mercedes while vans were available.
The report was released by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit organization that tracks government fraud, waste and abuse and ethics conflicts by government officials.
GORE CAMPAIGN DEFENDS COELHO
Coelho got strong support in a statement issued by Kiki Moore, Gore's campaign (..mouthpiece..) press secretary.
“Tony Coelho does a great job as general chair of Gore 2000,” the statement said. “Day in and day out he makes a tremendous contribution. Under Tony's leadership, the campaign will continue to advance an agenda that will improve the lives of America's working families — fighting to protect Social Security and preserve Medicare, making health care available to all of our children and calling for revolutionary change in our public schools.”
Stanley Brand, Coelho's personal lawyer, said his client did not violate any laws in a job that did not pay him a salary. “He devoted two years of his life and spent substantial amounts of his own money,” Brand said.
Brand acknowledged “there may have been management lapses” as in many government contract programs, but contended most of the negative conclusions were aimed at United States Information Agency officials rather than Coelho personally.
POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS The allegations, which the inspector general said could involve possible violations of federal regulations and laws, surface at a time that Gore has been reeling from Democratic presidential challenger Bill Bradley's surge in the polls and a several days after the vice president shook up the campaign and moved it to Tennessee.
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Coelho, a prolific fund-raiser since his days in the House, left Congress 1989 amid questions about his financial dealings. He served as House Democratic whip and head of his party's congressional money-raising operation.
The inspector general's report alleges Coelho arranged for federal agencies to provide money for the fair after his private fund-raising efforts failed. This may have violated a 1994 law that no tax dollars could be used for the fair unless specifically allocated by Congress.
The inspector general said he believes that the United States Information Agency “may have violated the spirit, if not the letter” of the law to support Coelho's efforts to fund the exposition, the report said.
The report and further information developed by the non-profit group said that Coelho: Urged the USIA to reimburse the New York contractor $26,000 even though officials “could not find a legal basis to reimburse expenses not expressly covered in the contract.” It was among several “questionable payments” initiated by the commissioner.
Received a $300,000 personal loan from a Portuguese bank for a large steel and tile sculpture. The money initially went into USIA Trust Funds for the exposition, but later was removed when it was discovered the funds were a loan to Coelho. The report lists the obligation to pay for the sculpture, “The Wave,” as a potential government liability.
Stayed in an $18,000 a month luxury apartment that was billed to USIA, and traveled to and from Lisbon on first-class airline tickets donated by Continental Airlines. The inspector general said “responsible officials did not properly manage airline tickets and upgrade passes.”
Hired his niece, Debra Coelho, in violation of USIA regulations. And hired two stepsons of Gerald McGowan, the U.S. ambassador to Portugal, at inflated salaries.
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|To: jmhollen who wrote (31)||1/21/2000 8:18:00 AM|
A DRCNet Exclusive by Adam J. Smith |
A DRCNet Exclusive
By Adam J. Smith
The Week Online with DRCNet (stopthedrugwar.org) has learned that Newsweek Magazine decided late Friday to postpone publication of an excerpt of a Gore biography featuring eyewitness accounts of Al Gore's regular and continued drug use over a period of years. The drug use covers a period of Gore's life from his days at Harvard up until the very week he declared his candidacy for Congress in 1976, sources told The Week Online. The book, by Bill Turque of Newsweek's Washington bureau, quotes both named and unnamed sources, including John Warnecke, son of John Carl Warnecke ? architect of the John F. Kennedy grave site, and a long-time friend of the Gores. An exclusive interview with Mr. Warnecke follows this story.
The excerpt had been scheduled to run in Newsweek's January 18th issue, just days before the start of the Democratic primaries. A previous excerpt from the book appeared in the December 6 issue. In that excerpt, which covered Gore's Vietnam experience, Tipper Gore was said to have spent considerable time, distraught with worry for her husband's safety, at Warnecke's house while Gore was overseas.
The Gore biography, to be published by Houghton-Mifflin, was itself originally scheduled for a January release, but that too has been delayed until March 23. A spokesman for Houghton-Mifflin told The Week Online that the delay was "normal." (cont)
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|To: Gary105 who wrote (35)||11/5/2000 5:25:41 PM|
|Maybe this will be ONE time the electoral college will save us!|
Michael Moore (director of Roger & Me, TV Nation, etc.)
As I write this, there are two presidential debates left. I have a suggestion for Jim Lehrer. Don't ask George W.
Bush any further questions about social security or prescription drugs or mandatory testing for students and
Just get up out of your moderator's seat and take a copy of a book, any book. Walk over to Governor Bush, hand it to him, and ask him to read. That's right. Just ask him to read, from anywhere in the book.
I have a hunch that he can't read.
I know this is an outrageous thing to say. I have no proof. It's just an impression that's been sticking in my craw for
some time. I am reluctant to make this observation not only because it seems so cruel, but also just the possibility of
it is so surreal and unlikely that no sane man would ever
utter such a thing.
But I was struck by something in last week's debate. Bush never wrote down a single word on the legal pad in front of him during the debate. I had never seen a debater-even Ronald Reagan-refuse to even jot a word down so he wouldn't forget to respond to it. Was Bush not writing anything because his mind is a steel trap with enhanced memory, storage, and impeccable collating capabilities?
I'm honestly worried he cannot read and write on an adult level. Back in the primary, he was asked what his favorite book was as a child. He replied, "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." As it turned out, that book wasn't published until he was in his 20s. Everyone laughed it off at the time.
From that point on, his response has been that his favorite book is "the Bible" (and his favorite hero is "Jesus" and
his favorite philosopher is "Jesus" and when Oprah asked him, "What are you sure of?" he replied, "Jesus" and "the
gwbush.com (my insert)
Christopher Hitchens, no friend of the Clinton/Gore administration, reports in "The Nation" this month that when
Bush's aides would give him briefing papers to read, he would ask others to read them for him, or just give him a
verbal summary. Of course, a briefing paper is just that-a
summary, a "brief." No one, it seems, saw Bush read them.
Gail Sheehy in "Vanity Fair" writes that Bush has a learning disability, that he is "dyslexic." This is a serious and
frustrating handicap faced by millions of Americans. But it is not a scarlet letter. Lots of people I know are dyslexic,
and there are things they do to overcome it. The Bush camp
denied the "charge," and no one in the media followed up.
The media, in fact, has stopped reporting how CONSISTENT and OFTEN Bush mixes up his words and just says the wrong damn thing. At first, it was cute and funny in an Archie Bunker sort of way. But it's not just the word "subliminal" he has a problem with-the mangling of the language happens in
virtually every speech I have heard the governor make. Even though every speech is scripted, and he repeats it almost verbatim in friendly robot-like tones at every campaign stop, he can't help but lose himself in the words he
is supposed to say. It was no mistake that at one point in the debate, when he started down his robot path, he
realized he wasn't answering the question, went silent, and then said, "I forgot the question," looking like a lost
Now, don't get me wrong. I do not point this out with any glee or condescension. I am not exactly Mr.Intelligence
here. Just read any of these columns or my Internet letters and you will find them chock full of misspellings,improper grammar, and bizarre syntax-in spite of the best efforts of my editors or staff assistants who are simply overwhelmed
and defeated by my assault on the King's English.
But I am not running for President of the United States.
And I am not attacking teachers for doing a lousy job.
And I am not making phony promises that "not one child shall be left behind" (when, in the state of Texas, more poor kids go without health care than any other state in the nation).
I got a call last week from someone I know at Yale. A friend of this person had secretly gone into the records facility and looked up the original transcript of George W. Bush from 1964-68. Not only were his grades all that we have heard about-C's and D's and not a single A-but it looked as if they were written on the file card over OTHER grades that had been erased!
Could there have been ORIGINAL grades that were WORSE than the ones he's admitted to?
Look, I'm all for the dumb guys, being one myself. I dropped out of college after the first year. I still don't know if
"ammount" has one "m" or two. But The Leader of the Free World should at least be able to read! Or say "explicit"
instead of "exquisite," as Bush did in Detroit in September when he referred to the "exquisite sex and violence" in
Don't we deserve better?
Mr. Lehrer: "Governor Bush, here is a copy of 'Green Eggs and Ham.'Please turn to page 12 and read for us."
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