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Dems Asks DoD About Obama Opponents

From ABC News:

Exclusive: Democrats Ask Pentagon for Info on Potential Obama Challengers

By RICK KLEIN
Oct. 27, 2010

The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates, a clear indication that Democrats are building opposition-research files on specific 2012 contenders even before the midterm elections.

An internal Army e-mail obtained by ABC News indicates that the DNC has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for "any and all records of communication" between Army departments and agencies and each of the nine Republicans — all of whom are widely mentioned as possible challengers to President Obama.

The agencies are asked to respond to the request by this Friday, just four days before Election Day.

The nine Republicans that Democrats are seeking information on are former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska; former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La

The request isn’t for details of military service or lack thereof, but appears to be designed to find information on letters and memos sent to and from the potential candidates in official positions they’ve held.

DNC officials declined to comment, but did not dispute that the information has been requested

And you can bet that the Pentagon will be only too happy to comply with the Democrats’ fishing expedition, and as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, see what happens to your FOIA with any government agency.

Still, remember the media outrage back in March 2008, when it was reported that some people had looked at Mr. Obama’s passport files?

Indeed, two State Departments employees were fired within hours of the report. As USA Today breathlessly reported:

After an investigation, State Department Inspector General Sherman Funk said that breach was made in an attempt to "influence the outcome of a presidential election," but there was no evidence that the incident had been orchestrated by the White House.

But that was then, and this is now.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Dems Asks DoD About Obama Opponents”

  1. BillK says:

    The DNC has asked the Pentagon to help Obama with his opposition research against Sarah Palin and other potential GOP hopefuls.

    From ABC News:

    Exclusive: Democrats Ask Pentagon for Info on Potential Obama Challengers

    By Rick Klein

    The Democratic National Committee formally has asked the Pentagon for reams of correspondence between military agencies and nine potential Republican presidential candidates, a clear indication that Democrats are building opposition-research files on specific 2012 contenders even before the midterm elections.

    An internal Army e-mail obtained by ABC News indicats that the DNC has filed Freedom of Information Act requests for “any and all records of communication” between Army departments and agencies and each of the nine Republicans — all of whom are widely mentioned as possible challengers to President Obama.

    The nine Republicans that Democrats are seeking information on are former Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska; former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass.; Gov. Haley Barbour, R-Miss.; Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.; former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; Gov. Mitch Daniels, R-Ind.; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/exclusive-democrats-pentagon-information-potential-obama-challengers/story

    ABC of course calls the requests “typical”; I think that’s the problem.


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