Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Did the GOP Use Government Resources to Win Elections?

McClatchy News has published a report about investigations of 15 government agencies to determine if they used federal resources to assist the GOP in winning elections. Here's an excerpt:

The House Oversight Committee is investigating whether the White House's political briefings to at least 15 agencies, including to the Justice Department, the General Services Administration and the State Department, violated a ban on the use of government resources for campaign activities.

Under the Hatch Act, Cabinet members are permitted to attend political briefings and appear with members of Congress. But Cabinet members and other political appointees aren't permitted to spend taxpayer money with the aim of benefiting candidates.

During the briefings at Treasury and Commerce, then-Bush administration political director Ken Mehlman and other White House aides detailed competitive congressional districts, battleground election states and key media markets and outlined GOP strategy for getting out the vote.

Commerce and Treasury political appointees later made numerous public appearances and grant announcements that often correlated with GOP interests, according to a review of the events by McClatchy Newspapers. The pattern raises the possibility that the events were arranged with the White House's political guidance in mind.

The briefings are part of the legacy of White House political adviser Karl Rove, who announced this week that he's stepping down at the end of the month to spend more time with his family. Despite Rove's departure, investigations into the briefings are expected to continue.

4 comments:

Redstater said...

Yet another problem is the infiltration...no infestation of so-called "journalism" by liberals and political hacks like Bill Moyers who claim to be unbiased and hide under the cover of journalism while asserting their personal political agendas.

Rove like all people is a man with whom none of us are going to agree with 100%... even staunch Republicans, ...however he is certainly the lesser of two evils (pardon the pun) when compared with Democratic strategists and former Clintonista's James Carville and Paul Begala... I mean puh-leeze.

Hopefully like former Democrat strategists, he will get his own show on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC or CBS...where he gets to pretend he isn't partisan.

lol,
-red

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Red,

On this site we don't measure integrity by a sliding scale.

We measure it by the words and deeds of Christ.

By that standard, none of us measure up.

Loren said...

You mentioned "On this site we don't measure integrity by a sliding scale. We measure it by the words and deeds of Christ."

I've been wondering if the following 2 verses are true or false. What's your take on them?
2 Timothy 3:16-17(NIV) "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Dr. Bruce Prescott said...

Loren,

You'll get no argument from me on that.

If you are trying to say that the words and deeds of Moses are equal to those of Christ, you will get an argument from me.