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Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has a report on unethical family payments by members of Congress that shines the light on Tom Davis.

The totals found by the report (over $25,000 plus a $78,000/year part-time job) do not include the tens of thousands of dollars that Davis had directed to his wife's campaign when donors reached the federal limit for his own campaign.

Davis's latest pet project, one which helps no honest Virginian constituent, is defending Lurita Doan.  CREW calls her one of the most corrupt in Washington with details here (pdf).

Crossposted at MyDD and RaisingKaine.

Tom Davis is planning to run for Senate in 2008.  He hopes to use his ill-gotten campaign contributions to buy a Senate seat to represent VA with Jim Webb. His wife is running for VA Senate on his blood money this year against Chap Petersen.

The report is getting some local and national press today.

Tom Davis's defender is Brian McNicoll, a Heritage Foundation writer and unbelievably unprofessional evolution denyer who covers for Davis's profiteering as chair of the House committee overseeing government contracting.

McNicoll repeats claims that Davis was cleared by the ethics committee. The majority of that committee are Republicans who replaced the members who censured Tom Delay. They were fired by then-majority leader Dennis Hastert as they had been moving on to investigate DeLay's partners in NRCC fundraising schemes, partners who included Tom Davis.  Not even this castrated Ethics committee would clear Davis.

The Ethics letter says that if the benefits obtained by his household from her job at ICG or from ICG clients (salary and perqs) are given under circumstances would cause a reasonable person to believe the benefits may influence Davis -- and it does -- she should get another job. However, she continues to seek clients who have business before his Committee.

The report also names two other Virginians, Randy Forbes and JoAnn Davis.

Daily Press: When Rep. Jo Ann Davis needed someone to help put up yard signs and organize volunteers for her re-election campaign last summer and fall, the Gloucester Republican turned to a trusted hand: her son Charles. He was paid $1,500 for the work.

Rep. J. Randy Forbes was more generous to his children. His son Neil, for example, was paid $34,929 for managing the Chesapeake Republican's 2002 re-election campaign.

The full report is here.

Of 435 voting Members of Congress, Tom Davis stands out in the breadth and take-home pay of the members:

*  64 paid family members through their campaign committees or PACs (26 Democrats and 38 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis];

*  24 have relatives who lobby Congress (10 Democrats and 14 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis];

*  19 used their campaign committees or PACs to pay a family business or a business that employs a family member (9 Democrats and 10 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis];

*  17 used their campaign funds to make campaign contributions to relatives (11 Democrats and 6 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis] ;

*  15 used their positions to benefit a family member or a family member?s client (3 Democrats and 12 Republicans) [this includes Tom Davis] ;

*  At least 7 paid offspring who ranged from school-age to college-age (all Republicans).

Originally posted to achamblee on Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 10:44 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  you set your sights on tom davis (1+ / 0-)
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    peace voter

    but i wanna see jerry lewis in a jumpsuit. yesterday.

    Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

    by MarketTrustee on Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 11:22:35 AM PDT

    •  I bet there is a connection (1+ / 0-)
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      Davis is connected to every crook.

      I see the RNCC paid Lewis all this money in 2004 with no opponent?  What for? I bet he donated it to other Congressmen who wouldn't be able to accept donations because the donors had reached their limits.  This is Davis/DeLay's scheme for the RNCC in 2000-2004:

      07/21/2004 $600,000.00 24971732983

      07/21/2004 $600,000.00 24971950110

      11/01/2004 $50,000.00 24981603641

      04/22/2005 $10,000.00 25970661299

      10/30/2006 $335,000.00 26930718613

      01/22/2007 $100,000.00 27930610390

      "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go and do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."

      by achamblee on Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 11:57:45 AM PDT

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  •  I'll set my sights on Jeannemarie, too. (1+ / 0-)
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    Smaller fry, for sure, but still worth using as bait. She's awful.

    Hope this will bring them both down!

    •  They are both awful (1+ / 0-)
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      I just can not understand why their open affair while they were both married to others is not talked about more.
      In the wake they left emotionally injured spouses and kids.
      In addition, Jeannemarie, has a really messed up daughter who was convicted and served time in prison for armed robbery she conducted using Jeannemarie's car as the get away car.  
      I know many good people have messed up kids but the family values crowd would get a knot in their throat over it.

      If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison

      by ScienceMom on Wed Jun 20, 2007 at 11:54:30 AM PDT

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