“Your rulers are rogues
And cronies of thieves,
Every one avid for presents
And greedy for gifts.”
Isaiah knew a thing or two about corrupt leaders and their grubby shenanigans. Today, he whacks Joe Biden for his “accidental” campaign violations and takes to school 30 Senators for their “VIP loans” from Countrywide Mortgage.
I’m starting a daily prophet-lashing on StellaPundit, where I pair a prophetic scriptural quote with an item in the news. The only problem: an excess of material!
From the NY Times
Biden Owes $219,000 for Campaign Violations
By ROBERT PEAR
Published: July 17, 2010
WASHINGTON — The Biden for President campaign committee owes the Treasury more than $219,000 because it accepted excessive campaign contributions and understated the value of a trip taken on a private plane in the 2008 campaign, the Federal Election Commission said in a new report.
Auditors from the agency found numerous violations of campaign finance rules by the committee that Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. used in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Auditors found that the Biden campaign committee had accepted an improper “in-kind” contribution in the form of a round-trip flight on a private plane between New Hampshire and Iowa.
The commission also found that the Biden campaign had accepted many contributions exceeding the legal limit of $2,300 per election from any one person.
From the Wall Street Journal, via Sweetness and Light
Senate VIP Loans Mount
Countrywide Dealt With More Lawmakers and Staffers Than Previously Known
By JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
JULY 15, 2010
U.S. senators or Senate employees received 30 loans—far more than had previously been known—under a controversial lending program at Countrywide Financial Corp. that provided cut-rate terms to favored borrowers.
The information is contained in a letter sent to the Senate Select Committee on Ethics by Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), who has been spearheading the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s investigation into Countrywide’s so-called VIP mortgage program.
Sens. Christopher Dodd (D., Conn.) and Kent Conrad (D., N.D.), have previously been identified among the high-profile individuals who received such loans. Both senators have denied wrongdoing. Until the Issa letter, no other senators or their staff members had been linked to the VIP loan program…
The letter said the House committee’s investigation had found that Countrywide used the VIP loan program to "build relationships with government officials."
By the way, Mr. Obama, as Senator, received more campaign money from Countrywide than even the estimable Mr. Dodd.