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Just a short update on something I really want to keep 'in the news' for a couple of reasons, actually as a Navy vet there are others as well, but the political side should not be forgotten.

You can google the name or main points to get the past reports.

One reason is the obvious and the pictures tell that story. While sending our soldiers into two more 'wars of choice' and laughing about their 'purple heart bandages' as well!

By the way, a talking head journalist on CBS finally even said that about Afghanistan, war of choice, the other night.

Whereabouts still unknown, his girlfriend was captured in the Charlotte airport last year as she was between flights and ready to board one, nothing more heard about her since.

'Charity' chief who donated to top politicians is charged over $20m Navy vets scam
GOP supporter: Records show that Bobby Charles Thompson, pictured with George W. Bush, gave largely to Republican causes

2nd May 2011 - A man who headed a fundraising group for U.S. Navy veterans has been charged with aggravated theft, money laundering, identity fraud and corruption.

Bobby Charles Thompson, who gave himself the rank of lieutenant commander, ran the nationwide non-profit group the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.

Donations solicited by telemarketers poured into the organisation from around the country, mostly individual gifts under $50.

High profile names: Thompson with Sen. John McCain and Cindy McCain, far right

They amounted to tens of millions of dollars intended for veterans' needs and other military causes.

Thompson and NAVPAC, his political action committee, gave lavishly to more than 50 candidates in 16 states — most of them Republicans, records show.

The money gave him direct access to some of the leading politicians in America.

He has been pictured alongside former President George W. Bush, his adviser Karl Rove, former presidential candidate Senator John McCain and several others.

In all the photos he is seen smiling broadly through an unkempt black beard and moustache.

The charges against him were filed in Ohio where authorities say he donated nearly $300,000 to political causes. {continued}

Bobby Thompson isn't his real name and it seems nobody knows that or if they do nobody has called him by it.

The second is as important. Someone had a post up yesterday about the Attorney General of Virginia. I mentioned in that that because of this political slush fund, the contributions he got, the holding onto those for months after everyone else has relinquished, pretty much as soon as this was breaking, the people of Virginia should not forget.

Actually there should already have been a strong call for his recall, whether it worked or not, especially as to the office he holds, he also has shied from investigating as other states moved quickly forward.

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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Thu May 05, 2011 at 09:17:38 AM PDT

  •  there should be a special place in hell (8+ / 0-)

    for those who run fake charities, and the politicians who benefit.

    A man, a plan, a canal, Panama

    by Karl Rover on Thu May 05, 2011 at 09:22:18 AM PDT

    •  Hell's going to be mighty crowded then (6+ / 0-)

      There'll have to be an SRO section just for corrupt politicians. In which circle of Hell would that place them in Dante's inferno?

      As soon as you have people telling other people how to live/think/behave because "god gave them authority" you effectively get dictators in funny looking hats.

      by ontheleftcoast on Thu May 05, 2011 at 09:27:32 AM PDT

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      •  Another Florida Con Artist, the St. Petersburg (4+ / 0-)

        Times started the investigation last year into this scumbag that first shed light on this cockroach.

        Bobby Thompson came out of nowhere, as if he'd fallen from the sky. He landed in Tampa in 1998, walked wherever he went and kept to himself. His landlord thought he looked like a bum. He lived in a run-down, $1,200-a-month duplex on 17th Avenue in Ybor City, where the view from the front steps is concertina wire atop the fenced parking lot behind the Cuesta-Rey Cigar factory, and beyond, an elevated section of Interstate 4.

        Thompson registered to vote as a Republican and told people he was retired Navy. In 2002, he submitted an application to the IRS to certify as tax exempt a charity he called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. He ran it from the duplex in Ybor City, along with a political action committee, Navy Veterans for Good Government.

        A website was created that declared the Navy Veterans America's fourth-oldest such group.  State chapters opened. Membership soared. And after Thompson signed contracts with telemarketing companies, cash flowed, as Americans opened their wallets to support veterans and our fighting troops abroad.

        Nobody asked questions about the Navy Veterans until August 2009, when the St. Petersburg Times visited Thompson's duplex to ask him about a contribution he made in a local County Commission race. Seven months later, the newspaper revealed the nationwide charity appeared to be but one man.

        Much More at Source...

        This guy is some piece of work.

        "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

        by Mr SeeMore on Thu May 05, 2011 at 10:57:57 AM PDT

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  •  This scumbag (4+ / 0-)
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    Philpm, Empower Ink, Marie, trashablanca

    Was playin with the very high rollers in this country and none of them saw fit to check out who he was or asked about the huge contributions, rove and company apparently play that if you got the cash that's fine with them, no questions asked!!!!!

    CCR:"If you're a torturer, be careful in your travel plans. It's a slow process for accountability, but we keep going."

    by jimstaro on Thu May 05, 2011 at 09:29:10 AM PDT

  •  It's very strange how a pretty... (1+ / 0-)
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    Marie

    ...high visibility guy managed to connect with so many republican politicians and nobody ever stumbled onto the fact that he was operating under a false identity. And then just be able to vanish. For some reason I'm reminded of that "Jeff Gannon" guy...another bogus person who managed to infiltrate the realm of power. Just how many frauds, con-artists, plants and red herrings are running around in RepublicanLand? I know, I know...CT, paranoia....but it just seems like these creeps, even when exposed, suffer no serious ill effects. It ain't right. This clown is probably living it up somewhere on his "Vets Charity" money or serving the GOP (and himself) in some other capacity.

  •  Now this is hiding in plain sight (0+ / 0-)

    while collecting lots of money and not setting off any alarm bells amongst his high and mighty beneficiaries.  Yet we can't imagine that a couple of guys operating under aliases could possibly have sheltered/hidden OBL from Pakistan officials.

  •  For those who are interested in scammers & posers (0+ / 0-)

    The POW network does a lot of work exposiong them. Its worth going through these names, there may be someone you know

    Happy just to be alive

    by exlrrp on Thu May 05, 2011 at 04:43:40 PM PDT

  •  Perhaps we should have an addendum (0+ / 0-)

    to "false attribution of agency," called "false attribution of identity."  Note how all of the media reports refer to the scammer as a "navy vet" even though there's no evidence to support that designation.
    Of course, the term "identity theft" is problematic to begin with because an identity isn't capable of stealing or being stolen.  What the term is really referring to is a person acting under an assumed name, which is, apparently, not in itself illegal.  In fact, pseudonyms were/are common practice on screen and stage. The fraud lies in claiming to have done things that one hasn't.  But, in a culture that's fixated on who people are, rather than what they do, that doesn't matter.

    http://www.youtube.com/cyprespond

    by hannah on Sun May 08, 2011 at 02:08:48 AM PDT

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