Saturday, March 15, 2008

Republicans have a corruption problem

Fortunately, this time a Republican was stealing from his own party:

The former treasurer for the National Republican Congressional Committee diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars -- and possibly as much as $1 million -- of the organization's funds into his personal accounts, GOP officials said yesterday, describing an alleged scheme that could become one of the largest political frauds in recent history.

For at least four years, Christopher J. Ward, who is under investigation by the FBI, allegedly used wire transfers to funnel money out of NRCC coffers and into other political committee accounts he controlled as treasurer, NRCC leaders and lawyers said in their first public statement since they turned the matter over to the FBI six weeks ago.

"The evidence we have today indicated we have been deceived and betrayed for a number of years by a highly respected and trusted individual," said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), the NRCC chairman.

P.S.: Isn't it annoying what words some mainstream newspapers (in this case, the Washington Post) choose to turn into links? I mean, why would you turn "FBI" into a link, but not "National Republican Congressional Committee"? I reader is a lot more likely to wonder what the latter is than the former. And when you click on it, it doesn't tell you what "GOP" (or whatever) is. It just shows you a list of other Post articles that contain that term. It's annoying how newspaper websites don't use links to cite sources, the way real bloggers do. It would be cool if they linked to transcripts, press releases, video footage, audio recordings, other articles etc., that backed up what they're stating. But they never use links that way. It looks like they just run some automated script that turns certain popular terms into search queries. Lame.

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