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CREW Knowingly Filed False Ethics Complaint

From The Hill:

Watchdog group files ethics complaint against McConnell

By Alexandra Jaffe | April 11, 2013

A government watchdog group on Thursday filed an ethics complaint against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over the secretly taped strategy session that was leaked to the media this week.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate whether McConnell illegally used congressional staff time or resources for his reelection campaign.

"Using taxpayer-funded resources to pay staffers to dig up dirt on political opponents isn’t just an ethics violation, it’s a federal crime,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.

“As Sen. McConnell requested, the FBI is investigating the recording. A thorough and fair investigation necessitates the bureau also inquire into whether Sen. McConnell himself violated the law,” Sloan said…

The initial report from Mother Jones transcribes the aide leading the meeting as saying the details uncovered "reflects the work of a lot of folks: Josh, Jesse, Phil Maxson, a lot of [legislative assistants], thank them three times, so this is a compilation of work, all the way through." …

But McConnell’s spokesman, Robert Steurer, said the quote was inaccurate, and that rather than saying "thank them three times," the aide said they engaged in the research "in their free time."

“The transcript of the recording currently being examined by the FBI – pursuant to a criminal investigation of illegal wiretapping – contains an inaccuracy that partisans have used in an attempt to smear the staff of Senator McConnell. The audio of the presenter refers to members of Senator McConnell’s staff who volunteered ‘in their free time.’ The transcript that was used reads instead, ‘thank them three times.’ Although this error may not have been intentional, it is really sad that there are partisan operatives willing to ignore the potential of a crime and focus their attacks on the common practice of young people volunteering for a cause they believe in," he said.

But Sloan, CREW’s executive director, indicated they were aware of the suggested discrepancy and had filed their complaint anyway.

Naturally. CREW only wanted the headline, in order to convince the low information voter that Mitch McConnell did something wrong. This is what George Soros pays them to do.

Breitbart spells it out:

Mother Jones Rewrites McConnell Tape Transcript

By Ben Shapiro | April 10, 2013

In the wake of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) accusation that his offices had been illegally recorded in a tape handed out by Mother Jones, the liberal publication has now released a doctored transcript of the tape itself in an effort to suggest that McConnell’s staff was engaged in violation of Senate rules. In its article “Did McConnell Use Senate Employees For Oppo Research on Ashley Judd?,” the publication prints the following transcript of the taped staff conversation:

Presenter: So I’ll just preface my comments that this reflects the work of a lot of folks: Josh, Jesse, Phil Maxson, a lot of LAs, thank them three times, so this is a compilation of work, all the way through…

But what does the tape actually say?

Presenter: So I just preface my comments that this reflects the work of a lot of folks: Josh, Jesse, Phil Maxson, a lot of LAs, in their free time, so this is a compilation of work, all the way through…

The phrase “in their free time” disappears in the Mother Jones transcript, replaced by the nonsensical “thank them three times.”

But the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee quickly began tweeting out Mother Jones’ rewriting of the transcript.  So too did Guy Cecil, DSCC Executive Director. And the Deputy Executive Director. And the National Press Secretary.

As we have noted, Crew is heavily financed by George Soros. In fact, CREW was started and it is run by a Democrat operative who has worked for Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer and John Conyers.

But, so it would seem, is Mother Jones. From CNS News:

$1.1 Million of Soros Money Tied To Magazine That Released McConnell Tape

By Mike Ciandella | April 11, 2013 

… Mother Jones is the news outlet of The Foundation for National Progress, the left-wing "umbrella organization that exists to publish and support Mother Jones." It also founded the Media Consortium. The FNP received $485,000 in Soros funding in 2008. The Media Consortium, also still under the umbrella of the FNP, has received $675,000 since 2000, adding up to $1,160,000. Those figures come from 990 forms from Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

The Media Consortium is designed to be a progressive "echo chamber," where left-wing media outlets can network and share ideas. Other members of the Consortium include such liberal outlets as The Nation, Alternet and The American Prospect…

What a surprise, huh? But this is why Mother Jones and CREW exist.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, April 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “CREW Knowingly Filed False Ethics Complaint”

  1. How come these kind of asshats never get punished?

    • Because the asshats in the justice department spend the majority of their time doing prostate self-examinations and not much else. Unless they need to cover something up.


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