FW: Den of Thieves

What a den of thieves! Somebody spent a lot of time putting this one together.

Pretty good summary of what is known - how much more is hidden?

The amount of federal taxes that Secretary of the Treasury
Timothy Geithner
(D) failed to pay during his employment at
the International Monetary Fund despite receiving extra
compensation and explanatory brochures that described his
tax liabilities.

True: http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2009/01/timothy_geithner_obamas_nomine.html "

The amount of money that the head of the powerful
tax-writing committee,
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), was
forced to report on his taxes after the discovery that he
had not reported income from a Dominican Republic rental
property. His excuses for the failure started with blaming
his wife, then his accountant and finally the fact that he
didn't speak Spanish.


The INCREASE in the amount of petty cash each of our
Congressional representatives
voted to give themselves in
January, 2009 during the height of an economic meltdown.
That's a $40 + million INCREASE!

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot....com/2009/01/its-recession-congress-gives-lawmakers.html See video here from Fox

The amount Fannie Mae "invested" in Chris Dodd (D-CT), head
of the powerful Senate Banking Committee, presumably to
repel oversight of the GSE prior to its meltdown. Said
meltdown helped touch off the current economic crisis. In
only a few years time, Fannie also "invested" over
$105,000 in then-Senator Barack Obama.

The amount of back taxes and interest that Cabinet nominee
Tom Daschle (D)
was forced to cough up after the vetting
process revealed significant, unexplained tax liabilities.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123335984751235247.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Wall Street Journal

The approximate amount of income and deductions that
Daschle (D)
was forced to report on his amended 2005 and
2007 tax returns after being caught cheating on his taxes.
This includes $255,256 for the use of a car service,
$83,333 in unreported income, and $14,963 in charitable
http://online ..wsj.com/article/SB123335984751235247.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Wall Street Journal

The amount of "sweetheart" mortgages Senate Banking
Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT)
received from Countrywide
Financial, the details for which he has refused to release
details despite months of promises to do so.. Countrywide
was once the nation's largest mortgage lender and linked
to Government-Sponsored Entities like Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac. Their meltdown precipitated the current
financial crisis. Just days ago in Pennsylvania , Countrywide
was forced to pay $150,000,000 in mortgage
assistance following "a state investigation that concluded
that Countrywide relaxed its underwriting standards to
sell risky loans to consumers who did not understand them
and could not afford them."

The estimated amount of donations by Denise Rich, wife of
fugitive, Marc Rich, to Democrat interests and the William
J. Clinton Foundation in an apparent quid pro quo deal that
resulted in a pardon for Mr. Rich. The pardon was reviewed
and blessed by Obama Attorney General and then Deputy AG
Eric Holder, despite numerous requests by government
officials to turn it down.

The amount of TARP money provided to community bank
OneUnited despite the fact that it did not qualify for
funds, and was "under attack from its regulators for
allegations of poor lending practices and executive pay
abuses." It turns out that
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), a key
contributor to the Fannie Mae meltdown, just happens to be
married to one of the bank's former directors.
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123258284337504295.html Wall Street Journal

The upper range of net worth Rep. Allan Mollohan (D-WV)
accumulated in four years time according to The Washington
Post through earmarks of "tens of millions of dollars to
groups associated with his own business partners."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/14/AR2006051401032.html Washington Post

($2 billion) the approximate amount of money that House
Appropriations Chairman David Obey (D-WI) is earmarking
related to his son's lobbying efforts. The son, Craig Obey,
is "a top lobbyist for the nonprofit group" that would receive a roughly $2 billion component of the "Stimulus"package.
True: http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/a_plan_for_stimulus_money_national_parks/C530/L37/
and this as a list of these related stories:

$3.7 billion) not to be outdone, this is the estimated
value of various defense contracts awarded to a company
controlled by the husband of Rep. Diane Feinstein (D-CA).
Despite an obvious conflict-of-interest as "a member of
the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee, Sen.
Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions to her
husband's firms."

True: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2003/04/22/MN310531.DTL

($4.19 billion) the amount of money in the so-called
"Stimulus" package devoted to
fraudulent voter
ACORN group under the auspices of "Community
Stabilization Activities". ACORN is currently the subject
of a RICO suit in Ohio .

$1,646,000,000,000 ($1.646 trillion):
The approximate amount of annual United States exports
endangered by the "Stimulus" package
, which provides a "Buy
American" stricture. According to international trade
experts, a "US-EU trade war looms" which could result in
a worldwide economic depression reminiscent of that touched
off by the protectionist Smoot-Hawley Act.

True: http://www.asiaing.com/2008-national-export-strategy-the-new-global-main-street.html
Background: Smmot-Hawley Act:

It's becoming a culture of corruption and stupidity. In addition, these folks appear to be above the law.

All of the aforementioned are still in office, living like the royalty they think they are.
Remember: This all happened in just theFIRST QUARTER of 2009!


bendk said...

8.3 billion = Amount of money currently total we've spent on a lie

6.8 million/month = The amount we've spent on the lie

5.7 million = Amount we've spent on The War on Drugs this year. Three days.

44 million dollars/hour = the amount we spend to keep a piece of shit plane in the air

25-29% = % the Dept of Defense has in the National Budget

$100-2000/month - Amount avg. American pays in health insurance

ferschitz said...

How much money did the Bush & Cheney crime families get paid off from:

- Enron
- The energy industries who got to write energy policy in secret behind closed doors
- Halliburton/Xe
- Big Oil
- Big Insurance

Etc and so on.

While it's hardly laudable that Tim Geitner, for ex, didn't pay $34k in taxes owed, it's not even chump change by comparison.

How much have Republic Senators like Jim DeMint & James Inhofe gotten from energy/oil lobbyists to be climate change deniers? Don't tell me that they're not paid off.

How much does Man-tan Boner get from Big Insurance to bray about teh eeevils of the public option?

Please spare me the ersatz bullshit comparisons. All politicians are on the take, and they should be called out on it and made to pay back taxes, etc. But where were rightwingers outrage at the excesses brought about by Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld et al?

In particular, I was personally ripped off by the Enron CA energy rip off. I'd certainly like my money back from the Bush family. Where is Republic outrage over that? Oh yeah: Republic CA governator, Ahhhnold Schwartzenegger, just "decided" not to pursue repayment for Enron ripoffs of the CA taxpayer. Thanks a lot, Republics. You've certain done fuck all to monitor your own party. When you can clean up your own stable, come back and talk to me about the Democratic stable.

Anonymous said...

Odd, this list seems to be missing the money made this year by Republicans who have now moved on to being consultants for conservative think tanks, lobbyists with personal connections to their friends in Washington, or commentators on Fox News.

As other have mentioned, health care is another fun bribery opportunity, although Blue Dog Democrats are actually the biggest recipients, since they're not necessarily completely in the pocket of big business already and don't have some sweet consultant gig lined up once they leave office.

regeya said...

Amazing how these lists only have Democrats listed, isn't it? What fools we've been to vote against Republicans, paragons of virtuousness they all are...

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