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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Creigh Deeds grasping at straws

For those who have been hiding under a rock, Creigh Deeds and the desperate DPV are trying to make an issue over the fact that Bob McDonnell has received money from the Republican State Leadership Committee. In what is most likely his last-ditch effort to close the substantial gap in the AG's race, Creigh Deeds released another ad on the issue.

Democratic attorney general candidate Creigh Deeds has released a new
television ad that suggests his opponent accepted contributions from gambling
and pharmaceutical special interest groups to fund his campaign.

The 30-second spot, which began airing in the Roanoke and Bristol media
markets Wednesday, opens with a picture of Republican Bob McDonnell next to the
words, "Under a cloud of investigation."

"Newspapers say Bob McDonnell's campaign is ignoring the state law with
tainted and illegal contributions," a narrator says as ominous music plays in
the background. "What is McDonnell hiding? Secret money from gambling and
pharmaceutical special interests? No wonder Bob McDonnell said he won't
investigate the drug companies _ even when they get caught overcharging our
seniors for medicine."

Deeds seems desperate and he's not even making legally accurate statements. Bob McDonnell doesn't have the power to say where Republican State Leadership Committee is getting the money. Only RSLC has that power, and Del. McDonnell has said repeatedly that he doesn't care if RSLC says where the money is coming from. In fact, he said it yesterday on the Kojo Nnamdi Show, and Creigh Deeds heard him say it.

6 Comments:

Anonymous rural not stupid said...

So it's okay for politicians to ignore the law so long as they admit they don't care that they are ignoring the law?

Brilliant.

1:18 AM

 
Anonymous YouGiveRuralABadName said...

Rural and Stupid strikes again...

Here's the breakdown, and I'll use small words.

The code of Virginia says that a candidate must disclose (a.k.a. "tell") the names of their donors...

McDonnell disclosed the name of the donor in question (The RSLC).

That's all.

Deeds is saying that because we don't know who gave money to the RSLC, McDonnell is doing something wrong?

How? McDonnell's money came from the RSLC, who is also in full compliance with their governing law, and discloses bi-annually to the IRS. The donor's donors are not in anyway referenced in the code, therefore, this is a pathetic non-story.

In other words, if Rural and Stupid gets $100 and gives it to me, and the law says I must say who gave it to me, then all I need to tell anybody is that Rural and Stupid gave it to me. I am then in full compliance.

If it turns out that Rural and Stupid got the money from Satan himself (in exchange for his eternal soul), it's irrelevant to my compliance with the law, because I complied by telling who we got it from. I cannot be expected to know about Rural and Stupid's deal with the Devil.

2:18 PM

 
Anonymous YouGiveRuralABadName said...

Rural and Stupid strikes again...

Here's the breakdown, and I'll use small words.

The code of Virginia says that a candidate must disclose (a.k.a. "tell") the names of their donors...

McDonnell disclosed the name of the donor in question (The RSLC).

That's all.

Deeds is saying that because we don't know who gave money to the RSLC, McDonnell is doing something wrong?

How? McDonnell's money came from the RSLC, who is also in full compliance with their governing law, and discloses bi-annually to the IRS. The donor's donors are not in anyway referenced in the code, therefore, this is a pathetic non-story.

In other words, if Rural and Stupid gets $100 and gives it to me, and the law says I must say who gave it to me, then all I need to tell anybody is that Rural and Stupid gave it to me. I am then in full compliance.

If it turns out that Rural and Stupid got the money from Satan himself (in exchange for his eternal soul), it's irrelevant to my compliance with the law, because I complied by telling who we got it from. I cannot be expected to know about Rural and Stupid's deal with the Devil.

2:52 PM

 
Blogger Ben Kyber said...

If it was that cut and dry, the Richmond Commonwealth's attorney wouldn't be investigating the claim.

Chances are McDonnell DID do something wrong. We ARE talking about a man who has employed a child molester/money launderer.

I have no kind words for Bob McDonnell. He is a hypocritical extremist who MUST BE STOPPED.

2:55 PM

 
Anonymous Kyber's school bus driver said...

Kyber,

You are a child, and cannot be expected to know any better.

"Chances are" are words not in our Constitution.

McDonnell employed a guy who five years later broke the law. How was McDonnell to know the guy was a future criminal?

How can you "employ a child molester" five years before they commit a crime?

McDonnell employed a guy who later became a child molester? I'll buy that.

McDonnell took contributions from a recognized PAC who followed the federal election laws as required? I'll buy that.

What you have here, folks is the final, dying gasps of a desparate campaign...

Deeds is done... (or is that Deeds are done?)

11:51 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben, of course you are correct, no Commonwealth's Attorney's Offices would accept that case.... Unless they had some special circumstances...

Do you mean the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney (David Hicks) who gave Tim Kaine a free ride for misappropriation of government funds to send eight busloads to the Million-Mom-March?

Or do you mean the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney (David Hicks) who was elected as a Liberal Democrat to that office?

Or do you mean the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney (David Hicks) who is rumored to be considering a run for the Democrat Attorney General's nomination himself in 2009?

David Hicks might try to give a non-story legs, but certainly no legitimate CA would. Too bad I'm a member of the legal community, and I know David Hicks is a JOKE!

12:17 AM

 

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