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Shocker: Hillary Padded SC ‘Endorsements’

From the Associated Press:

Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., takes the stage with area church members during a campaign stop Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2007, in Spartanburg, S.C. Clinton picked up endorsements from dozens of black ministers Tuesday in South Carolina.

Clinton’s Endorsement List Debatable

By SEANNA ADCOX
2007-12-05

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s support from South Carolina’s black religious leaders may not be quite as extensive as her campaign suggests.

Clinton got a boost last week when she shared a South Carolina stage with dozens of supporters, accepting what organizers said were endorsements from nearly 90 ministers in the state. But an Associated Press review of an endorsement list supplied by the New York senator’s campaign found that some of the backers were affiliated with religious ministries and outreach groups rather than churches, some were wives of ministers, two were church elders and at least two were not members of the churches listed beside their names.

All told, about 50 different groups were represented, rather than more than 80 congregations as initially implied, the review found.

Clinton spokesman Zac Wright said the campaign never claimed the endorsements represented separate congregations and knew all along that some came from the same organization.

“It shows diversity if you have both a senior pastor of a church and also a minister over the women’s ministry, for example,” he said Tuesday.

In this early primary state where nearly half of Democratic voters are black, endorsements from black church leaders can carry significant weight.

Barack Obama’s Democratic presidential campaign announced its own list of endorsements from black clergy in the state Tuesday, releasing a list of what it said were 122 senior pastors and three associate pastors of different churches and ministries, including four people it noted as retired.

The AP is reviewing that list.

The Clinton campaign initially said more than 80 ministers from the northern part of the state were in the room when the endorsements were announced Nov. 27, but it could not identify everyone on the stage with Clinton. Organizers for the event said 88 were there. The New York senator said later that day she was told the number may have climbed to nearly 100.

“There was more support there than what we could have anticipated, so it took a little longer to get the finite list,” Wright said Tuesday. “Everyone signed in as a minister endorsing Hillary.”

After being asked for names of the ministers, Clinton’s campaign first released a partial list of 44 names. A day later, a list of 82 names was released. That included one name that was repeated twice, several misspelled names, churches listed in the wrong city or with an incorrect name, and a dozen people listed without a church affiliation.

The campaign released revised listings Monday, supplying church affiliations for those left blank and correcting affiliations for others, trimming the list to 81 names.

A review Tuesday of the sign-in sheets showed supporters initially signed separate endorsement forms, giving their names, addresses, phone numbers and occupations. But after those ran out, Wright said, they began signing a single line on a page. Many signed only their names, without affiliations. Some were difficult to read. Some signed both forms. Wright said that’s why a complete, accurate list was so difficult to provide.

Wright said the campaign will be “more prepared for exceeding expectations” for any future endorsements.

Many of those who signed the full forms noted they had jobs other than “minister,” including a real estate agent, accountant, graphic designer and store owner. One showed dual jobs as “minister of the gospel/maintenance mechanic.”

The revisions note two people on the list are ministers at a church that has congregation members in South Carolina, but is located in Asheville, N.C. – 50 miles from the state line.

Among the earlier discrepancies was a minister identified as Freddy Foster Jr. with Fairview Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Chesnee. But Fairview’s real minister said Foster is not even a member there, although his parents were. Clinton’s campaign said Foster attended the event but accidentally signed in as a minister.

Isaac McJimpsey Jr. signed in as a minister of Evangel Cathedral of Spartanburg, but a secretary at the church said none of its records showed even a visit by a person with that name. On Monday, Clinton’s campaign said McJimpsey was a minister at Bridge Builders Church in Duncan. When no listing was found by a church of that name, the campaign said Tuesday that McJimpsey leads the nonprofit Impact Ministries…

The wives of at least two pastors were on the campaign’s list, including Colleen Brown of Cleveland Chapel Baptist in Spartanburg. Wright said if wives were listed, they’re ordained ministers. But the Rev. Timothy Brown said his wife is not ordained.

“If they’re an active minister and part of a ministry, their churches’, their faith traditions’ rules about ordinations and ordination practices are within the church,” Wright said…

So now we even have to quibble over the meaning of the word “ordained.”

Still, what shocking news. That is, that the AP actually looked into some details involving the Clinton campaign.

Of course they were probably given all of this by Obama’s people.

Clinton spokesman Zac Wright said the campaign never claimed the endorsements represented separate congregations and knew all along that some came from the same organization

Isn’t that what they always say?

After being asked for names of the ministers, Clinton’s campaign first released a partial list of 44 names. A day later, a list of 82 names was released. That included one name that was repeated twice, several misspelled names, churches listed in the wrong city or with an incorrect name, and a dozen people listed without a church affiliation

This too is all too typical of Clinton Inc.

By the way Obama’s people the Associated Press seemed to miss a bit of the puzzle here.

If you go back to the AP’s first report of Mrs. Clinton’s endorsement announcement, you will notice the mention of one Mr. Darrell Jackson:

Black Ministers Back Clinton In S.C.

Clergy Play Key Role In Influencing State’s Large African-American Population

SPARTANBURG, S.C., Nov. 27, 2007

(CBS/AP) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton picked up endorsements from dozens of black ministers Tuesday in South Carolina, an early voting state where she and rival Barack Obama have been courting the critical black vote…

The endorsements from the South Carolina ministers came as Clinton tries to widen what one recent poll showed was as much as a 10 percentage point lead in the state over Obama, an Illinois senator.

“This is just the beginning,” said state Sen. Darrell Jackson, a Columbia minister working for Clinton. Similar announcements are in the works in other regions of the state, he said…

As we noted a back in February of 2006, the Reverend Senator Jackson is already on Hillary’s payroll to the tune of $10,000 a month.

From South Carolina’s The State:

Jackson defends his endorsement of Hillary Clinton

Fri, Feb. 16, 2007
By AARON GOULD SHEININ

Days before U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton makes her first visit to South Carolina as a presidential candidate, one of her top supporters here faces accusations that his support for her is tied to a contract his firm landed with Clinton’s campaign.

State Sen. Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, said such accusations are offensive and smack of racism.

When asked Tuesday by a reporter, Jackson said he was backing Clinton, D-N.Y. A day later, a national political Web site reported Jackson’s consulting firm, Sunrise Enterprises, had agreed to work for Clinton for $10,000 a month.

That story was picked up by The New York Post and on cable television. The Post story questioned whether “Jackson’s endorsement was bought by a higher bidder.”

That, Jackson said, was a low blow

Jackson said his endorsement, and his company, were courted by almost all the Democratic candidates, including U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, an S.C. native whom Jackson backed — and worked for — in 2004.

He said some candidates offered more money than Clinton, others less, for his firm’s services…

Jackson also is pastor of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, one of the state’s largest black congregations, boasting 9,000 members last year

Jackson said Clinton’s campaign was making “a business deal” when it hired Sunrise Enterprises. “I’ve never had my integrity questioned,” he said

Well, of course it’s “racism,” Mr. Jackson. Mrs. Clinton certainly wouldn’t be shelling out $10,000 a month for your endorsement if you were white.

And here is a more recent report, also from The State, on Mr. Jackson’s haul from the Hillary camp:

Candidates willing to spend big for S.C. advice

By WAYNE WASHINGTON
Posted on Mon, Dec. 03, 2007

Through the end of September, Democratic front-runner U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York had spent $135,785 for S.C. political consulting from Sunrise Communications, a Columbia company headed by pastor and state Sen. Darrell Jackson, a Richland County Democrat who has endorsed her

Interestingly, here is what Mr. Rev. Sen. Jackson said about the highest bidder for his services his favorite candidate in 2004:

Senator Darrell Jackson, D-Richland, who is also the pastor of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, says that he “followed his heart” by advising his congregation he was voting for John Edwards. He said many Atlas Road members were searching for a candidate to vote for. Jackson says his intent was to let them know how he voted, not tell them to vote. “It would have been easier to go with (John) Kerry,” Jackson told reporters, but Edwards stressed unifying America across economic lines to bring rich and poor together. “This is my guy, win or lose,” says Jackson…

The moral of this parable is that Mrs. Bill Clinton can surely afford to buy all the minister endorsements she needs in South Carolina or anywhere else.

Of course none of this should come as any shock to Barack Obama.

Mr. Obama, lest we forget, got his start in the rarefied world of political ethics as a ‘vote hustler’ who bought votes for Mr. Bill Clinton in Chicago.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 5th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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