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Feds Probe Bill Richardson’s ‘Pay-to-play’

From NBC News via the Los Angeles Times:

Now, feds probe Gov. Richardson of Obama Cabinet for ‘pay-to-play’

It seems that Illinois’ legally challenged Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not the only close Barack Obama associate and Democratic governor being investigated by the feds for possibly selling government business in return for campaign contributions.

New Mexico’s Gov. Bill Richardson, who is the newly named Secretary of Commerce in Obama’s about-to-be Cabinet, is also being investigated by a federal grand jury in his home state for possibly steering state bond business from the New Mexico Financial Authority toward David Rubin, a significant campaign contributor, according to an NBC News report, among others.

NBC’s Lisa Myers reports that two former state officials say they’ve recently been questioned by a federal grand jury specifically about allegations that Richardson or aides pushed state business worth nearly $1.5 million in fees toward CDR Financial Products in 2004. The company is headquartered in Beverly Hills.

This was about the same time as CDR’s founder, Rubin, donated $100,000 to two of Richardson’s political action committees; mainly it appears to cover expenses of the governor and his staff at the Democratic Party’s National Convention in Boston that summer.

Rubin also donated another $29,000 to Richardson’s unsuccessful presidential campaign this year and last.

The probe is part of a broad national federal exploration of "pay-to-play," in which government officials reap financial or other benefits in return for state business.

Richardson has ignored reporters’ questions on the federal investigation, while a spokesman says he’s confident the relationship was entirely appropriate and the governor expects state employees to cooperate fully with federal investigators. A CDR spokesman also said the transactions were appropriate.

An Obama transition official has refused to comment on whether the president-elect knew of the investigation before he appointed Richardson to his new Cabinet position….

Weirdly enough, this report didn’t even warrant a written article at either NBC or MSNC. Nor does any word of this yet appear anywhere else in our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 26th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Feds Probe Bill Richardson’s ‘Pay-to-play’”

  1. curvyred says:

    What is that stench? Oh that’s right it is politics as usual – change, what change?

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    My HOPE is that they find alot of CHANGE in Richards piggy bank!!
    Not even in office yet and here we go again……Obamas’ 4th Reicht is off and running!!

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Not even in office? Haven’t you seen the sign – ‘Office of the President Elect’!


      Can one be pre-impeached?

  3. sheehanjihad says:

    Well all of you better watch it before it too evaporates. Being exposed on S&L usually means that Google, MSNBC, NBC, everyone will scramble to rid the net of such “lies”.

  4. BigOil says:

    Question 63 of BO’s quesstionaire for service in his highly ethical administration states:

    Please provide any other information, including information about other members of your family, that could suggest a conflict of interest or be a source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect.

    Pay-to-play is apparently not considered embarrassing to Democrats. Maybe pay-to-play is listed in the prerequisite section of the application.

    • Eagle334th says:

      Reminds me of stories during Hitler’s reign when kids were turning in their parents and other relatives.

  5. Confucius says:

    Obama must be The One. First, He resurrected the Clinton administration. Then, Hillary. And now, all the scandals. I heart Obama.

  6. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Many years ago Rush Limbaugh took a call in which the caller said that he must be sad now that George W. is president because with Bill Clinton gone, he’ll have nothing to talk about. Rush informed the caller that no, now he’ll have plenty to talk about because liberals were at their amusing best when they were out of power and doing all they could to get it back. Same here. Yes it’s going to be a heckuva ride with Obama and his cronies at the helm, but aside from the frustrations it’ll be an amusing one. They’re already beginning to self-implode and nobody’s even been sworn in yet.

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