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Milberg Weiss give Elephants ammo to kick Ass in Nov.

UPDATE: Milberg Weiss leave jail, reflect on it all

Last week's indictment against securities law firm, Milberg Weiss, has mushroomed into a political nightmare for Democrats and given Republicans a lot of ammo for November.
Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman LLP, the securities class action law firm indicted last week on fraud charges stemming from corporate lawsuits it filed, made large political contributions almost exclusively to Democrats since 1999.

The firm and individuals there made $2.78 million in campaign donations to Democrats since 1999 compared to about $22,000 to Republicans, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which tracks money in politics.

Among the recipients were New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is a possible 2008 presidential candidate, senior New York Senator Charles Schumer and Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential candidate in 2004.

On top of the $2.78 million, lawyers in the firm made contributions to New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who is the Democratic candidate for governor. Spitzer's office said on Monday that he plans to return $124,455 in contributions.
Of course, Spitzer's going to disown those donations at lightning speed.
Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, said Republicans would likely use the donations as ammunition in the November congressional elections and to blunt criticism about recent corruption scandals involving Republicans.

They will target "every individual Democrat in a competitive race in 2006 to begin with," Sabato said.

They also will mount "a P.R. offensive to make certain that this helps to balance the Democrats' charges of a culture of corruption that affects only Republicans," he said.
Help 'balance' the charges??? These people are insane!

Americans don't need OR want two equally corrupt parties - we'll settle for one HONEST one!
The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group, compiled information about the law firm's campaign contributions at the request of Reuters.

The Democratic National Committee was one of the primary beneficiaries, receiving almost half the money, $1.28 million. Most of that was from the firm itself and included $500,000 for the DNC's new headquarters.

"We are looking into the matter," said DNC spokeswoman Stacie Paxton.
I'll bet! Now, that the whole world is looking!
Milberg Weiss and two partners, David Bershad and Steven Schulman, were indicted last week on 20 counts of perjury, bribery and obstruction of justice. They were accused of illegally paying clients to act as plaintiffs in lawsuits against corporations.

The firm and the two lawyers have called the charges unjust.
They never imagined they'd get caught. Oh, the injustice!
President George W. Bush campaigned to limit the kinds of lawsuits filed by Milberg Weiss, and the Republican-controlled Congress last year passed a law that seeks to curb class-action lawsuits by shifting them to federal courts [where they can control them] and linking attorneys' fees with the payouts for clients. [attorneys always win - Republican or Democrat]

Class-action cases allow plaintiffs to combine claims into one suit against a common defendant. Democrats have defended the suits as a way for consumers to hold multi-billion corporations accountable.
That's a lie. All this is infighting among the greedy wealthy classes - shareholders fighting corporations - first and foremost in the interest of the money-wielding ones.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and her political action committee received almost $24,000 in contributions from individuals at Milberg Weiss since 1999, according to the data.

"We will not be taking any action at this stage," Clinton's spokeswoman Ann Lewis said in an e-mail.
She's not going to return a red cent unless she's forced to.
Schumer received $57,750 from individuals at the firm. His spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.

The House and Senate Democratic campaign committees received $440,365 and $350,650 respectively from the firm and individuals there since 1999, the data showed.

[Milberg Weiss] once reached number six in 2002 on the Center for Responsive Politics top 20 list of law firms and lobbyists that were contributors to lawmakers and political parties since 1999.

President Bush received $2,000 during the 2004 campaign in individual donations within the firm but his Democratic rival, Sen. Kerry, received $54,900 in individual contributions, the Center found.
What could be more appalling?
Republicans and Democrats have returned more than $200,000 in contributions from clients of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in January in a wide-ranging investigation into possible attempts to bribe lawmakers.
Our Congress - Republican and Democrat - is thoroughly corrupt.


At Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While I agree about the corruption charges in general, I don't see how this case proves it. How was Spitzer (whom I like) or Kerry or H Clinton (whom I don't like) to know Millberg Weiss was (allegedly) paying plaintiffs at the time they accepted the money? Are they (or, really, their staff) omniscient that they should predict who will be indicted in two years? Or do you think the donation came with a note reading, "Please take this money, even though this firm engages in unlawful activities."

"What could be more appalling", you write. Well, just about any actual (as opposed to hind-sight perceived) wrongdoing.

And why should they return the money? They have spent it. If someone pays you in your career for work you have done, and it turns out the money was from a firm engaged in unlawful conduct unrelated to the money they paid you, would you return it?

At Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me see.. corruption or TREASION. money grubbing or ..money grubbing incompitant boobswhoare TRATORS...Yes it all becomes clear now!

At Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Treason..agreed. What's the penalty for that again???

Another example of treasonous behavior is censorship which they've also accomplished when they pushed B&N and Amazon to stop distributing "America Deceived" by E.A. Blayre III. These are disturbing times.

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At Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Blogger qrswave said...

Anon #1 said: "If someone pays you in your career for work you have done"

I was under the impression that our representatives were supposed to represent ALL their constituents - not just the one's that "pay them for work they have done."

That is the whole point. They should NOT be accepting such large amounts of money from any limited group of constituents, if only to avoid the appearance of impropriety.

At Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is time to enforce our anti-trust laws. We must get big money monopolies out of Government..all big money..including the total seperation of church and state...!

At Tuesday, May 23, 2006, Anonymous Mighty Thor said...

Antisemitism: Formula For Success And Liberation
(Mighty Thor, 23 May 06)

Yes qrswave, excellent observation: Republicans-Democrats are charade, "Psy-ops," financed by the Judeo-oligarchs as of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR--see JBS.org). Charade is actually cheap popular religion too, for too many people still (for example, holohoax).

So whatever reform is made to the system it will have to come fm ground up--fm the people. That's why antisemitism is so thematic for the mass-public mentality, esp. for white Christians, but for all gentiles too.

Antisemitism is well identified with anti-Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) counterfeiting scam, engine of Orwellian "perpetual war," and the Mammonist, heretical culture-mentality the scam is based on. Antisemitism--a magnificent religious virtue of health, civilization, and humanity denoting honesty and truth.

Meantime present political office-holders and incumbents intend to continue riding gravy-train of evermore enforced public indulgence (fascism), the only thing they know. Nothing will change till politicians reduce themselves to absurd. Elder generation sustaining present regime of "politicians" must simply die out, the "forest-fire" effectively extinguishing itself.

So we survivors must pray we endure to the end to pick up pieces of a degenerate civilization which civilization-economy we hope to revive if possible, relying upon ourselves.

Hence our religion of patriot liberation must depend upon historical sense as much as anything. PATRIOT target-objective must be removal of the Fed scam, crux of everything concrete and practical for Judeo-oligarchal enemy and their present campaign of "perpetual war."

CONCLUSION: After removal of that Fed-scam, the natural momentum would be to continue in antisemitic-rationalist fashion. Antisemitism--formula for success and victory. Honest elections and death to the Fed. Thor

At Thursday, May 25, 2006, Blogger Citisucks said...

Great article qrswave! Just more proof that we need to get rid of the fake opposition party known as the Democrats and replace it with a real opposition party. When people are serious about real change and ending this sick-corrupt-corporate terrorist money obsessed society they will vote for the Green Party.


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