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Saturday, September 09, 2006


Gerstein Denies "Significant" Republican Funding

I actually haven't had much time to read Joe's blog in the past week. But Don Michak of the Journal-Inquirer has, and found this gem from Dan Gerstein in the comments:

Gerstein also vowed to personally investigate the matter of Republican contributions to the Lieberman campaign, saying he didn't think the senator had "taken a significant amount of money from registered Republicans."

How about William Batoff, a big-time fundraiser for Bush-Cheney in both 2000 and 2004, who gave Lieberman $5,000 in the days before the primary?

How about Bill Kristol?

How about anonymous big-time D.C. Republican fundraisers like this one in June?

"Lieberman has been a more loyal American and a real leader for our nation than some of the men we have on our side of the aisle in the Senate," says a Republican fundraiser. "I don't want to see Lieberman lose to a leftist nut like Ned Lamont."

How about anonymous big-time D.C. Republican fundraisers like this one in August?

A Republican campaign fund-raiser based in Washington, who spoke on condition that he not be identified by name, said,“There’s a definite sense among a significant number of the Republicans who I deal with that Joe Lieberman is a man of principle and a man we should support.”

This fund-raiser said he’ll contribute money to Lieberman’s campaign and raise money for him.

And how about Republican PR front groups buying ads for Lieberman?

And most of this was from before the primary. Now that most Democrats' pocketbooks have closed, and Republicans nationally and locally have chosen to completely abandon Schlesinger, the contributions from Republicans must have increased dramatically.

What's most interesting about all this is how Gerstein and Lieberman are trying with all their might to deny ties to Republicans, while happily accepting Republican financial and rhetorical support, as well as hiring a "Democrat-slaying" Republican pollster to help turn out Republican voters.

If Sen. Lieberman's campaign depends on turning out Republican votes and raising Republican money, which it so obviously does, then why is he so vehemently denying all of it?
Take a look at Jennifer Medina's new piece of Lamont's email to Lieberman. (sorry no link)

Compare the quotes and the tone to the actual email.

It's a totally fabricated story.

"...significant amount of money..."

Well you see, right there, none of those $100,000, $500,000 or $1,000,000 checks from Republicans.

It's all paltry, insignificant $500, $1,000 and $5,000 type of donations.
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