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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Strickland gives up Spitzer cash

The Associated Press reports:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gov. Ted Strickland is giving $10,000 in campaign cash from disgraced former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer to a food bank.

Spitzer resigned last week after revelations that he was caught up in a high-priced prostitution scandal. He gave Strickland the contribution for the Ohio governor’s 2006 campaign.

It was the biggest of the out-of-state political contributions Spitzer handed out across the country since 2004 to Democratic candidates and causes.

Strickland donated the money to the Tri-County Food Pantry, which serves Washington, Noble and Monroe counties in southeast Ohio.


at 3:53 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two items of note:

I love how the press won't tell anyone Spitzer is a Democrat, yet when a Rpeublican gets in trouble, it's typically in the headline, and ususally comes before the scoundrel's name.

Also, will the Enquirer let its readers in this corner of the state know that Attorney General Marc "Go F Yourself" Dann gloated about a Spitzer contribution, yet never reported one? I mean, this is the same Marc Dann who went off on Taft for not reporting a golf game? This is the same Marc Dann who forced Governor Taft into court under oath when he was a state senator, yet claimed that the Democratic Secretary of State should not be forced to testify in court? This is the same Marc Dann who tried to supress video of testimony of Jennifer Brunner from being made public, yet he ran court footage of a Republican in his own campaign commercials. This is the same Marc Dann who told a reporter to "Go F--- Yourself" after the reporter made a public records request and learned that Dann's daughter was a patronage hire of another Democratic elected official.

Hypocrite, thy name is Dann.

at 3:59 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you already didn't know Spitz was a Dem, you probably didn't care about his resignation.

at 4:05 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

they're all the same - i'm voting for obama - he's the only one with any honesty and has something more at stake than his own wallet. obama's presidency would be highly scrutinized andhe will be compelled to act honorably as a legacy to his historical feat.
obama to restore integrity

at 4:17 PM, March 19, 2008 Blogger Coleman Kane said...

I am fascinated with how much press Spitzer got over this scandal, while the press has become largely silent on other offenders such as Senator David Vitter (R-LA). I think everyone involved deserves their face-time.

And, yes, almost every article that I've ever read mentions that Spitzer is a Democrat. Usually, it even goes on to discuss how he got his "anti-corruption" reputation and ran on that to win the seat back for the Dems.

at 4:48 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vitter did not do anything illegal. Weird, yes. More than weird, yes. I also think he should resign. From a national point of view, there is much greater focus on the Governor of New York than on one of the two senators from Louisiana.

at 5:17 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

since somehow spitzers personal behavior has tainted this money, it would seem appropriate for chabot to make a 120k donation to the local foodbank, because i can't think of anything more tainted than newt (honey you got breast cancer? see ya) gingrich.

at 6:36 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting reading, these blogs.
Mr. Obama doesn't have much integrity. He says he hasn't heard his pastor say all the terrible things about our country.
That can't be true. Also, Mrs. Obama and her statement that "for the first time in my adult life I am proud to be an American", shows what kind of background they have.
Spitzer needed to be gone. Vitter needed to be gone. Craig needed to be gone and Mr. Clinton needed to be gone too but that didn't happen! Have a great day.

at 7:24 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Jim Parker said...

Ted Strickland,

You are one of the best things that ever happened to Southern Ohio. My family and I are proud to have you as our Governor.

Jim Parker
Former / Future Democratic Candidate for US Congress

at 8:22 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


Where is that foot-tapping, wRong wingnut whacko, naive', culture of corruption, misleader, XXX judge ?

Pronounced : Try-n-ta-feel-u

Shim certainly didn't come out to condemn the phony 'family values' funds from 'Newt the kook' ?

PATHETIC 'HypocRites' !


at 9:55 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama and his Wife have more integrity than the racist poster at 6:36 PM will ever have.

at 10:58 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama won't be getting my vote. He's just as slippery as that guy from Michigan who was bonking his staffer & this step-in New York Governor. Where is the hue & cry for these 2 studleys to take a hike as there was for the white, Jewish Spitzer?

Never mind. There is a portion of our society who get a free pass. Forget about honesty & integrity. Those virtues no longer exist.

at 12:41 AM, March 20, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh...just some more DEM secrets...speaking of secrets...how about talking about all of Vic's secrets with our new show called..."Victoria's Secrets"...LOL.

at 7:11 AM, March 20, 2008 Blogger Hamilton County Voter said...

No I'm not a Strickland fan, however, I don't think sending money that Spitzer donated to charity makes a difference. Just because a campaign receives money from someone who gets in trouble a few years later does not make the money bad. Unless the money may have been obtained illegally of course.

at 7:10 AM, March 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has Mitch McConnell given back the money he took from Vitter? Let us remember that Vitter is guilty of the same crime as Spitzer. But unlike Spitzer, he is still holding public office.

at 10:37 PM, March 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vitter has never been accused of a crime, much less found guilty. Sorry. I actually wish that he had been.

Anyhoo, prostitution isn't Spitz' only crime here. There is the tiny little matter of money laundering, not to mention his request of his bank to tamper with records. When you're a prosecutor who seeks and receives enormous amounts of publicity by prosecuting or shaming bankers, it's hard to get one of them to do something illegal.

Even for all that, I think it's silly to ask people to give back contributions from people who do something illegal years later. It's equally silly to ask the recipients what they knew of the donor's activities, which were hidden from view. I guess the news media imagines conversations between donors and candidates go something like this:

Donor: Here's a large check. By the way, I am commiting crimes left and right.

Recipient: Thanks. I won't say anything.

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