Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Good Posts Alert - Larisa Alexandrovna's "The Permanent Republican Majority"

It's a story that has, barely, bubbled up on the radar.

If you haven't been concerned and frightened about the Bush Grindhouse by now (and about your only excuse is if you suffered a serious head injury, or, perhaps, have been a victim of their Extraordinary Rendition, and your memory is now mush), the painstaking, digging, hard work of Larisa Alexandrovna (and Muriel Kane) of Raw Story (and her own blog, at-Largely) should help throw the light switch over your head.

It's a detailed rundown on the persecution and prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman (the only person in the history of Alabama to be elected to serve in all four of the top statewide offices: Secretary of State, Attorney General, Lieutenant Governor and Governor), at the hands of the GOP/RNC, led by Karl Rove and his cronies.

We haven't typically associated the phrase "political prisoner" with an American citizen - inside of America - yet, you can't think otherwise after reading Alexandrovna's articles.

It's compelling - and scary - stuff.

And, if you are keeping a scorecard, for the day our Congress (LOL) actually takes action and holds the Bush Regime accountable, pen these in the line-up for a turn in the batters box.

The Permanent Republican Majority, Part I

The Permanent Republican Majority: Daughter of jailed governor sees White House hand in her father's fall; Part two of a Raw Story Investigates series on the architects and the execution of backroom Republican politics

Horton has more on Siegelman's case today...


Anonymous said...

Before the 2002 gubernatorial elections, Bob Riley asked Choctaw Indian lobbyist Michael Scanlon who represented the casino-operating Choctaw Indians in Philadelphia, Miss., to funnel from the Choctaw Indians in return for helping him get elected governor over Don Siegelman and if he was elected he would kill any hopes of Alabama getting a state lottery and block the Alabama Poarch Indians from getting a class 3 gambling license. Scanlon was to see that the money was laundered before the 2002 election through the Republican Governors Association, the Alabama Republican Party and to the Business Council of Alabama.. Scanlon had an interest in the 2002 Alabama elections, where Riley faced Democratic Gov. Don Siegelman, because Siegelman was advocating a state lottery, which could have attracted customers away from the Choctaws' two casinos in Philadelphia, Miss.
In 2002, Scanlon funneled the following amounts of Choctaw money to help Riley’s election campaign:

(1) Scanlon funneled $500,000 in October 2002 to the Republican Governors Association, which soon after transferred the money to a related Republican committee, which in turn donated $650,000 to Riley and $150,000 to the Alabama Republican Party the same month.

(2) Scanlon funneled $100,000 to four Alabama-based political action committees controlled by Montgomery lobbyists Joe Fine and Bob Geddie that contributed heavily to Riley's campaign.

(2) Scanlon funneled $9,000 plus later another undetermined amount to Progress PAC, the fundraising arm of the Business Council of Alabama, which also contributed heavily to Riley.

(3) Scanlon' also funneled $75,000 to "Riley" through the National Republican Congressional Committee, $50,000 to the NRCC, and the NRCC gave Riley $360,000.

In late 2001 Scanlon had paid $155,000, for the Choctaw Indians, to the public relations firm of Lunde and Burger for professional campaign services in Alabama which was used to defeat the lottery and gambling in Alabama while Siegelman was governor.

Anonymous said...

The big Alabama papers have twisted everything that they have printed about Democrat politicians.

Every time I see Riley on TV I want to change channels knowing what a liar and cheat that he has proven to be. If a book is ever written about Siegelman it will be a best seller, because I don't know of anyone who has been abused and thrown into prison with the perpetrators still in office.

Joseph the son of Jacob was beaten and sold into slavery and later falsely accused by Potiphar's wife and thrown into prison to rot; however, he remained faithful to God and ended up being put in charge over all his perpetrators and saving mankind from a 7 year famine.

I believe that Bob Riley and the others who stole and lied to take the governor's job from him and who threw him in prison will one day appear before Him. I believe that Siegelman will be acquitted of what he has been charged with and that he will be appointed to a high position under the next Democratic president.