The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Trouble for the Dukester

Things aren't looking any better for Rep. Randy Cunningham. You'll remember that he's being investigated for accepting hundreds of thousands in assets by a contractor in his district-- then securing millions in government contracts for the nice man. Looks like the nice contractor is also responsible for contributing tens of thousands to Republican congresspeople-- and coercing his employees into doing the same.

The guy can't hold a candle to Noe, the 'Pioneer' who raised hundreds of thousands for Bush/Cheney, then found himself the recipient of some $50 million in Ohio state investment funds. Which then disappeared.

You can say this about GOP operatives-- they make a huge return on their investments.

UPDATE: (From today's LA Times) Would you hand $40 million to one of the few people who was able to lose money — big money — in the recent Southern California real estate market?

You did. MZM Inc. received that much in U.S. defense contracts in 2003, the same year that the company's president and chief executive bought a house in the San Diego area for $1,675,000. The seller was Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-San Diego), a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense who has supported MZM's bid for contracts.

Also unclear is why Cunningham is living on Wade's yacht docked on the Potomac River and whether he is paying market-rate rent, as he claims. Even if he is, this smacks of the kind of coziness that makes taxpayers shudder.

The FBI is reportedly investigating the house sale. Good thing, because there is no longer a functional House Ethics Committee to look into such matters. Republicans, vexed by reprimands of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), gutted the committee's membership and weakened its rules.