Monday, April 19, 2010

GOP Senate Hopeful Returns Goldman Sachs Money, Captain Wonderful Unavailable for Comment

We noted the other day how Barack Obama was the largest recipient of Goldman Sachs money during the 2008 cycle, because the media won't do it, of course. Well, now Illinois Republican Mark Kirk is returning contributions from GS employees.
A Republican US lawmaker vying for President Barack Obama's old Senate seat said Monday he would return campaign donations from Goldman Sachs amid fraud charges against the Wall Street titan.

Representative Mark Kirk of Illinois's campaign spokeswoman, Kirsten Kukowksi, said he would voluntarily return campaign contributions made by Goldman employees not accused of wrongdoing.

"We will voluntarily return this cycle?s campaign contributions from Goldman Sachs employees until we get to the bottom of what happened," she said in a statement.

Kukowski said Kirk "did not receive contributions from Goldman Sachs' Political Action Committee or the executives accused of wrongdoing," and "made a personal decision to go above and beyond the reasonable ethics standard and err on the side of caution."
The story doesn't even mention how Democrats and Obama in particular were swimming in GS money, and it sure doesn't look like Obama is in any hurry to return his. Why would he? His lapdog media sure isn't going to call him on it.

But Matt Drudge is.

Obama isn't the only one who needs to be held accountable.
Paulson and Goldman are alleged to have created the investment vehicles to fail -- they went short and Goldman got to sell them to investors who were long. Gee, I'm no expert, but that seems a tad conflicted.

Paulson, the hedge fund manager, is a good friend of none other than the menacing sleazebag known as 'Chucky Schumer', senior Senator from New York.
Obama and the Democrats are shamelessly trying to exploit the issue.

Obama, meanwhile, takes a break from golfing tonight to fly to California on the taxpayer dime to raise money for an endangered Democrat. Let's hope his kiss of death rubs off on the unctuous Barbara Boxer.

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