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Barb
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Michael Steele

Post by Barb » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:06 pm

New G.O.P. Chairman Defends Payment to Sister
By ERIC LIPTON
Published: February 7, 2009
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/08/us/po ... ml?_r=1&hp


WASHINGTON — Michael Steele, who was recently elected chairman of the Republican National Committee, paid a Maryland company run by his sister more than $37,000 for work related to his Senate campaign in 2006, payments that Mr. Steele’s spokesman said in a statement on Saturday were entirely appropriate.

The statement came in response to an accusation, included in a confidential federal court document, that Mr. Steele’s sister did no work in return for the payment.

Vickie E. LeDuc, a spokeswoman for the United States attorney’s office in Maryland, said Saturday that the office had unintentionally given the document to The Washington Post, which first reported the accusation. Ms. LeDuc would not say if Mr. Steele or his sister was the subject of an investigation. “The document was inadvertently provided to them,” Ms. LeDuc said.

Mr. Steele, in his statement, did not dispute that his sister’s company, Brown Sugar Unlimited, of Bethesda, Md., had been paid $37,262 by his Senate campaign in February 2007, as federal election records show.

Federal law does not prohibit a candidate from hiring a relative, and Mr. Steele said in his statement that the payments were for legitimate work. The federal records indicate that the payments to Brown Sugar were for catering and Internet-related services provided in 2006.

“The questioned transactions were fully disclosed and are completely proper and in full compliance with all state and federal laws,” said the statement, which was released by Curt Anderson, a spokesman for Mr. Steele.

Monica Turner, Mr. Steele’s sister, declined to comment. Her company, which was incorporated in 2003, was dissolved in 2006, before the payment by Mr. Steele’s campaign committee had been made, according to state and federal records.

The accusation against Mr. Steele, a former corporate securities lawyer who was lieutenant governor of Maryland before his unsuccessful bid for the United States Senate, was made by Alan B. Fabian, Mr. Steele’s former finance chairman.

Mr. Fabian was sentenced in October to nine years in prison for his involvement in a $40 million scheme, unrelated to his campaign work for Mr. Steele, to defraud a former employer and several banks. Mr. Fabian made the allegations concerning Mr. Steele before his October sentencing in the fraud case, claiming that Mr. Steele or an aide had improperly transferred more than $500,000 in campaign funds without authorization.

A woman who answered the phone on Saturday at Mr. Fabian’s home said he had no comment.

Mr. Anderson, in his statement for Mr. Steele, said the source of the allegations — a convicted felon who had “tried, and failed, to gain leniency in a desperate attempt to mitigate his nine-year prison sentence by falsely smearing the most prominent person he knew” — was more than sufficient reason to disregard them.

Mr. Steele’s election last month as the first African-American leader of the Republican National Committee was heralded as a turning point in the rebuilding of the party, which suffered devastating losses last fall in the Congressional and presidential elections.

On Saturday, Mr. Steele, 50, gave the Republican Party’s weekly radio address, criticizing Democrats in Congress for the amount of proposed spending in the economic stimulus package.

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Post by Leoneljb » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:11 am

I am not surprised!
The Republicans are hypocrites who would love Obama to fail. Therefore, they will try everything to get him off course...
But, hey, We Believe!
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Post by Serge » Mon Feb 09, 2009 3:35 pm

Barb,

I anyone serious was expecting anything from Mr Steele, he or she was grossly mistaken. I do not know if you had a chance to listen to his interview with Stephanopoulos on Sunday. It was laughable. Read about it on the Huffington Post.

Mr Steele said that Clinton was responsible for economic debacle was the responsibility of Clinton and the Democrats. In a confusing analysis, he told Stephanopolous that a "government job" is not a job.
What is it then, asked Stephanopoulos?
Steele: it is just work.

What then is the difference between a job and a government's job? Well, I will let you go read the interview to find out.

The guy is just amazing and totally oblivious of the reality. He has convinced himself that his theory is right, and don't tell him anything else!

Serge

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