February 08, 2017
What’s Sauce for the Goose is Hoosegow for the Gander…

…as we see from the Miami New Times:

But Rubio’s help in DeVos’ razor-thin approval is especially unsurprising. It turns out DeVos — a multibillionaire with zero educational experience — and her family have been especially generous donors to Rubio’s campaign coffers. In fact, Rubio accepted more DeVos cash than any other senator who backed her nomination today.

Rubio has taken a total of $98,300 from DeVos and her family members, according to Federal Election Commission reports crunched by the Center for American Progress (CAP).

That’s a decent chunk of cash, even in a GOP Senate where DeVos rained nearly $1 million. And as the CAP noted, DeVos hasn’t been shy about why she donates so heavily to Republican causes.

“I have decided, however, to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence,” DeVos told Roll Call back in the late ‘90s. “Now I simply concede the point. They are right...We expect a return on our investment.”

…and from AL.com:
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman was released from a federal prison in Louisiana this morning and is on his way back to Alabama, a family spokesman confirmed this morning…

Siegelman was indicted in 2005 and both were convicted in 2006 on bribery charges along with HealthSouth founder Richard Scrushy. Prosecutors said that Scrushy paid $500,000 into Siegelman's campaign to start a state lottery in exchange for a seat on a state health board.

Siegelman was sentenced to 88 months in prison in 2007 and immediately taken into custody but nine months later got out of prison on bond in 2008 as he appealed his conviction. He was later resentenced to 78 months and returned to prison in September 2012.

Did I mention that Siegelman (below) is a Democrat and Rubio is a Republic? Did I have to?


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 08, 2017 05:17 PM
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Don Siegelman was the best and most honest governor we've had in my lifetime. As an Alabaman I know that's a low bar but Don would have been a credit to any state. It's a scandal that President Obama didn't put him on that long list of prisoners he pardoned at the end of his administration. Sometimes I think Obama is a Republic, as you say. (I assume that wasn't a typo!)

Posted by: SallyQ on February 8, 2017 5:57 PM

Obama can't help it, Sally. He's half white.

Posted by: Special Ed on February 8, 2017 6:00 PM

It's strange how the two parties have sorted themselves out. It used to be that the racists were spread between the parties, for example, but that's obviously no longer the case; they've congregated in congenial circles. What's stranger is that the criminal use of power is now so concentrated in one party. But of course authoritarians are much more interested in authority than legality, so the sorting is accurate in that regard.

If only Obama had... But then, if only he hadn't been so timid from the get-go.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on February 11, 2017 9:11 PM
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