Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Living rent free and loving it, a tale of a Washington Insider

Never has an administration been so callous in hiding corruption as this one.

This is the first administration I have observed that Flaunts corruption in our face and has no concern for being outed. At least Bush tried to hide it!

Rahm Emanuel, the White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama has a few skeletons in his closet. But then who in Washington doesn’t. For example he received free rent for his D.C. apartment from a BP advisor.

This little-known corporate political connection is the quiet way the inner political circles intersect, and protect one another, it’s not unusual, and it’s Washington at its finest.

BP and its executives were significant contributors to the record $750-million war chest of Barack Obama's 2007-08 campaign, and from previous experience we know Obama takes care of his financial supporters.

Now, we learn the inside details of a connection Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago mayoral wannabe, current Obama chief of staff, ex-representative, ex-Clinton money man and ex-Windy City political machine go-fer and BP.

Shortly after Obama's inauguration, eyebrows rose slightly upon word that, as a House member, Emanuel had lived the last five years rent-free in a D.C. apartment of Democratic colleague Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut and her husband, Stanley Greenberg.

For an ordinary American, that would have raised some obvious questions and a potential tax liability, but not for Emanuel, the guy overseeing the Internal Revenue Service, and now an Obama insider.

Tim Geithner, who had his own outstanding tax problems skated through confirmation anyway by the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Greenberg's consulting firm was a prime architect of BP's recent rebranding drive as a green petroleum company, down to green signs and the slogan "Beyond Petroleum."

Greenberg's company is also closely tied to a sister Democratic outfit -- GCS, named for the last initials of Greenberg, James Carville, another Clinton advisor, and Bob Shrum, John Kerry's 2004 campaign manager.

According to published reports, GCS received hundreds of thousands of dollars in political polling contracts in recent years from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Probably just a crazy coincidence. But you'll never guess who was the chairman of that Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee dispensing those huge polling contracts to his kindly rent-free landlord.

Well consider this; BP's favorite politician, If you're just going by the numbers, it's none other than President Barack Obama, who leads BP's lifetime campaign donation list with $77,051. That puts him just ahead of reliable oilmen such as Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, his retired colleague Sen. Ted Stevens, and George W. Bush.

According to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, BP and its employees have given more than $3.4 million to federal candidates since 1990, with much of their largesse going to these 20:
President Barack Obama (D)$77,051;
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) $73,300;
Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska, ret.) $53,200;
President George W Bush $47,388;
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) $44,899;
Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio) $41,400;
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio, ret.) $37,550;
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) $31,000;
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) $28,200;
Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) $27,350;
Sen. Daniel Coats (R-Ind., ret.) $25,000;
Rep. Lynn Martin (R-Ill., ret.) $24,450;
Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) $24,000;
Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) $23,800;
Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla., ret.) $23,750;
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) $22,300;
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) $22,000;
Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) $21,100;
Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) $20,950;
Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) $20,800