Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Obama, Rubin, and Rendell- Sounds like a Law Firm

In a story that appeared in the Allentown Morning Call a key figure in Governor Richardson's probe is reported that he gave money to Fast Eddy Rendell's campaign.

"David Rubin of CDR Financial Products Inc. contributed $40,000 to Rendell's campaign between 2001 and 2005. CDR has had a contract with Pennsylvania since 2004, and Rubin was an unpaid adviser to Rendell in 2003." Like so many other contracts with Rendell this contract was not put out on bid. Luzerne County and the Pennsylvania Governor have much in common when it comes to ethical behavior.

A friend of mine tells one of his favorite jokes. Just when you think he gets to the punchline it only gets better. According to ABCNews.com funds from David Rubin made its way to Barack Obama's campaign coffers.

"Financial records show the Obama campaign got more than $30,000 from California financier David Rubin, the target of an investigation into donations and possible "pay-to-play" deals involving New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Obama's pick for commerce secretary."

In late September, Rubin attended an exclusive Los Angeles fundraiser for Obama, held at the Beverly Hills' Greystone Mansion. Attendees gave tens of thousands of dollars which the campaign split between its own coffers, the Democratic National Committee and state-level campaign groups supporting Obama and Democratic candidates. The technique helps campaigns take in from individuals far more than the $2,300 maximum they are allowed to give to a single campaign fund.

Rubin's money went to a joint Obama-DNC fund ($28,500), the DNC itself ($26,200), and to the Obama campaign ($2,300), according to the database of campaign donations at OpenSecrets.Org. News of the federal investigation into Rubin's New Mexico dealings had broken less than three weeks earlier.

Oh the tangled webs they weave. How does the common man have any say in government when one man can doll out so much money?

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