A year ago (Sep 8, 2007 YourHub & Wrongmont) I wrote a story called ” Udall’s Dirty Money“, describing U.S. Senatorial candidate Mark Udall‘s ties to disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, among others. I said then: ” At first glance the $1,000 Udall accepted from Hsu seems fairly small and he’s said he’s going to donate it to the Colorado National Guard Foundation.” Did he?
I added, ” On top of the $1,000 he’s giving back, let’s not forget the $5,000 he got from the Hsu funded “For A Change PAC”, the $10,000 from the Hsu funded “Searchlight Leadership Fund” (Harry Reid’s PAC), and $40,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committees, also recipients of large Hsu donations.”
In the September 19 Rocky Mountain News comes word Mr. Udall accepted campaign donations from New York representative Charles Rangel, the Democratic chair of the House Ways and Means committee. If you you’re not aware of the trouble this disgrace of a congressman is in lately, look it up, but to put it plainly, he’s the taxman caught ” allegedly” (in some cases admittedly) cheating on taxes.
From the RMN: ” Udall, an Eldorado Springs Democrat, received $10,000 of campaign contributions from Rangel’s leadership political action committee this year and $2,000 in 2000. He, like most other members of his party, voted against ordering Rangel to give up his seat.”
Predictably, Udall’s campaign threw out some numbers against his rival candidate Republican Bob Schaffer equaling less than half of the above numbers.
Regardless of the money, once again the judgment comes into question. Last time it was at best a shady character in Hsu, now a convicted felon after being on the run right here in Colorado (well, isn’t that a coincidence?). Now, with a fellow party member who heads the committee with jurisdiction over taxation and a whole lot more in big trouble, not only does he accept and keep his contribution, he votes to keep this dishonorable “member” of congress in his powerful seat.
This Rangel is the same clown who brought forward a bill to re-institute the military draft, then voted against his own bill! In a rare and probably time wasting effort, I actually wrote his office about this, letting him know this is exactly the kind of waste and abuse of office so many people are sick and tired of. But I guess he’s Mark Udall’s kind of guy. Bravo.