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Dem Rep. Chaka Fattah Gets 10 Years in Prison for Fraud, Racketeering, Money Laundering

Disgraced ex-Democratic U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah was sentenced Monday to ten years in prison for bribery and stealing campaign contributions, charitable donations, and federal grant money to finance his personal lifestyle. A probe that expanded more than a year found that Fattah had used federal grant money from NASA to pay back part of an illegal $1 million loan he received from a wealthy friend to fund his failed 2007 campaign for Philadelphia mayor. For the better part a decade, the longtime Philadelphia Democrat and his television anchor wife led a racketeering enterprise spurred on by loyal aides and political consultants, who commingled campaign cash and nonprofit and government funds to pay for Fattah’s personal expenses. Fattah was indicted last July. In June, after a month-long trial, a jury found him and four other accomplices guilty on all federal counts, which included wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle reportedly called the Philadelphia Democrat’s crimes “astonishing” considering he and his wife had a $500,000 annual income placing them near the “top 1 percent.” The extent of Fattah’s criminal corruption was far-reaching. He stole $23,000 in nonprofit funds to repay his son, Chaka Fattah Jr.’s, college loans. Fattah Jr. never graduated, and is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for a related fraud case. Fattah also took an $18,000 bribe to finagle an ambassadorship for a friend. Fattah’s friend never got the ambassador post. He and his wife used the $18,000 in bribe money for a down payment on a vacation home. Fattah falsified records and lied to authorities about the money. “For someone so interested in advancing education for the disadvantaged, you had the temerity to steal from the Educational Advancement Alliance, a nonprofit supported by government funds,” Judge Bartle said during Monday’s sentencing. The 60-year-old Congressman-turned-convict was elected to office in 1994. He spent the last two decades in Congress before losing the primary earlier this year. Last summer, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was “deeply saddened” by the news of Fattah’s indictment. He was forced to step down as Ranking Member on the House Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations subcommittee. “While you have done much good, you also engaged in grave and widespread criminal activity,” Judge Bartle said. “You abused your trust, time and time again.” Two of Fattah’s political consultants and accomplices pleaded guilty and testified against him. Fattah’s wife, longtime Philadelphia news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah and their two daughters were not charged. Democrat Rep. Dwight Evans now holds Fattah’s seat in Congress.

Nothing really news here..  Another corrupt, liberal Democrat going to prison for…well…corruption.  Born Arthur Davenport, Chaka..as he is now known, is 60 years old.  The only real outstanding question is whether or not Obama will give this loser a pardon…

DNC Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Taken Off Sidelines, Makes First TV Appearance Since Election Losses

Hours before President Obama’s second-to-last State of the Union address, Debbie Wasserman Schultz made her first TV appearance since the Democrats lost their majority in the Senate and slipped further into the minority in the House.

Up til yesterday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-FL), the DNC’s chairwoman, had been in hiding after the humiliation her party suffered in last November’s mid-term elections.  Frankly, I’m stunned she still has her job.  But, hey..  If the DNC wants to rally around a loser like her, then that’s their call.

Dem ‘disarray’? Florida House candidate drops out, Conyers kept off ballot

Dem ‘disarray’? Florida House candidate drops out, Conyers kept off ballot

Oh, I wish..  John Conyers will return, AGAIN, to the House where hes been for about 50 years!  Hes a Dem fossil whose time has come and gone..and yet hes still there…while his wife is in prison for corruption.  The Dem party is far from being in “disarray,” despite the rhetoric and wishful thinking of the RNC and the NRCC.  But, hey..  if the GOP can keep the House and maybe pick up a few seats, then that’ll be the only thing keeping SOME check and balance on Obama and the Dem-controlled Senate.  This upcoming midterm election is probably the most important election I can remember because we’re in a time in our country’s history where we’ve never seen such expansion, abuse, and attacks on us by our federal government (under Obama), control of both chambers of Congress is in the balance.  We have an opportunity to actually do something substantive to put Obama, Harry Reid, and AG Eric Holder in check.