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  •  What are we to make (1+ / 0-)
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    of today's report in the NYT that attorneys for whistle-blowers are contributing significantly to the president's campaign?

    WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration has cracked down on corporate fraud, lawyers representing whistle-blowers have reaped multimillion-dollar rewards. Now, as they seek to sustain these historic payouts, they are serving as generous donors to the president’s re-election campaign.

    Lawyers in the tight circle who specialize in filing fraud claims with the federal government on behalf of clients with evidence of wrongdoing have raised more than $3 million so far for President Obama. The administration, meanwhile, has paid out $1.6 billion to whistle-blowers during his tenure, with law firms taking a cut in some cases of up to 40 percent of the proceeds.

    The lawyers have contributed directly to Mr. Obama’s campaign, served as “bundlers” who solicit contributions from others, donated to the Democratic National Committee and written large checks to Priorities USA, the “super PAC” supporting Mr. Obama’s re-election efforts. They have also donated heavily to Congressional Democrats.

    "Let each unique song be sung and the spell of differentiation be broken" - Winter Rabbit

    by cotterperson on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 11:10:13 AM PDT

    •  Industry fraud prosecutions have increased... (2+ / 0-)
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      in this administration, compared to under Bush. Jesselyn's work has focused on National Security whistleblowers.

      I wished (but wasn't surprised) that the Times had drawn that distinction out, making it clear that working with private sector whistle blowers is directly at odds with the administration's attack on public sector workers who have blown the whistle on waste fraud abuse and illegality in the National Security State.

      "The Democratic Party is not our friend: it is the only party we can negotiate with."

      by 2020adam on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 12:07:06 PM PDT

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    •  if they're saving the government money (1+ / 0-)
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      by exposing graft and fraud, I don't really have a problem with it.  Certainly no worse than the war pigs giving money to Romney so they can get more weapons contracts.  They would laugh at $1.6 billion.

      I just genetically engineer them, I don't nominate them for President.

      by happymisanthropy on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 01:12:08 PM PDT

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