Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pinocchio Sestak

Sestak's nose is surely growing due to all of his rampant dishonesty.  Apparently, Sestak has potentially violated House ethics rules barring earmarks going to for-profit groups.  But, now Sestak & Co. is spinning this story in an effort to explain away such dishonesty.

From NRO: At issue is whether Sestak’s congressional office was aware that Devitt, who requested a $350,000 earmark as chairman of the Thomas Paine Foundation, also heads a for-profit group called New Way Energy, LLC., which would have “partnered” with his foundation to develop a potentially for-profit wind prototype.

The problem is: The Thomas Paine Foundation exists only on paper. Calls from Battle ‘10 to the foundation were unsuccessful. An automated message noted that the number had been disconnected. The foundation hasn’t filed a federal tax return in six years. In 2004, its most recent filing year, its budget totaled $195, with “program expenses” amounting to $65.

The Thomas Paine Foundation “partners” with the Freethought Society of Greater Philadelphia, an atheist advocacy group, though in comments to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Devitt said the latter advocacy group had “nothing to do with the request.”

April Mellody, spokeswoman for Sestak’s campaign, blamed Devitt for misleading congressional staffers when applying for his earmark. But Devitt told the Tribune-Review, “I don’t believe I misled them.”

Nachama Soloveichik, Pat Toomey’s communications director, told Battle ‘10, “Either Congressman Sestak isn’t telling Pennsylvanians the whole truth about his latest earmark violation, or his office is guilty of gross incompetence.”

Critics have emerged, including Pennsylvania Republican Chairman Rob Gleason, who have questioned how thoroughly Sestak’s congressional office researches earmark requests.

The earmark request has been rejected by a House appropriations subcommittee. But that it was even proposed by Sestak raises the question of what Sestak’s office considers “due diligence.” What would qualify a foundation — with no prior research and development experience and whose most recent programs budget totaled $65 — for a $350,000 wind-energy grant?

With his involvement in "jobsgate" and this new accusation, Sestak is certainly proving himself to be an extremely untrustworthy candidate for the Pa Senate seat.  This is why as many Pennsylvanians as possible must get out and vote for Pat Toomey, who is trustworthy, in the November election.


WomanHonorThyself said...

sad to see all the corruption Teres..:(

Hoping the Blind Will See said...

This is just one more reason why what occurred in Alaska will be occurring throughout the country during the 2010 and 2012 elections (and hopefully beyond). People are sick and tired of the corruption, the ineptitude, the greed, and the entrenched political machines in both natioanl parties. Some people will slip through - like McCain did in Arizona this time - but that doesn't mean they will last forever. ALL incumbents, if they are not standing firmly and unequivocably on the principles and values and issue positions they truely believe will eventually be ousted. THAT is the mood of the country and I don't see it changing anytime soon. A clean house is a happy house...

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Teresa, where the heck do you think you are ... Chicago?

Amusing Bunni said...

This guy is BAD news. He must no be elected, he's a RINO and love's obummer. He should be in prison for lying and all his dirty deals.