Monday, December 7, 2009

Was Democratic health care strategy written in federal prison? UPDATED

Glenn Beck certainly makes the most of his one hour time slot at Fox News Channel at 5:00 Eastern time.  Today he picks up a story by Joel Pollak at  Andrew Breitbart's Big Government website that exposes the tight parallels between a convicted felon's prison book and the current health care bills slogging along through the congress. Oh yeah, the convicted felon is married to Democratic Illinois Representative Jan Schakowsky and was in attendance at the now crash-famous first Obama state dinner at the White House on November 24th.  The Big Government author, Joel Pollack, is running for Schakowsky's seat in the House of Representatives.

This may explain why the Secret Service has denied Judicial Watch requests for White House visitor logs under the Freedom of Information Act.  From the Freedom Watch website:

According to an October 8 letter from the Department of Homeland Security related to Judicial Watch's request: "It is the government's position that the categories of records that you requested are not agency records subject to the FOIA. Rather, these records are governed by the Presidential Records Act…and remain under the exclusive legal custody and control of the White House Office and the Office of the Vice President." The letter goes on to state that the White House might release these records at its discretion.

Judicial Watch successfully forced the release of White House visitor logs related to visits by former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff's to the Bush White House. As Judicial Watch has argued previously in court filings, the U.S. Secret Service is an agency within the meaning of FOIA and its records are therefore subject to FOIA. The law provides no exceptions for certain types of Secret Service records and does not excuse the Secret Service from complying with FOIA. Moreover, the Presidential Records Act specifically states that presidential records do "not include any documentary materials that are (i) official records of an agency…"

The Obama administration announced in September that it would post some White House visitor log information on the White House website beginning on December 31, 2009. However, records from January 20, 2009 through September 15, 2009 will be kept secret, except in narrow specific circumstances. The Obama White House has yet to explain why visitor logs from its first eight months will be afforded special protection.

"Just because the Obama White House says FOIA law doesn't cover White House visitor logs doesn't make it so. The Obama administration is not above the law," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "These visitor logs are subject to release under FOIA and the courts have affirmed this. Judicial Watch has no intention of abandoning its pursuit of these records. We will go to court, if necessary."
I'm a little surprised not to find the Creamer/Schakowsky pair in the index to my well-worn copy of Michelle Malkin's book, Culture of Corruption, since they obviously fit the Chicago "cheats, crooks and cronies" profile.  I'm sure Michelle will be all over them by daybreak tomorrow.  Stay tuned.

Updated....   From an uncredited article (I can understand why) at
Between 2000 and 2006, Schakowsky’s congressional campaign contributed $28,000 to Friends of Blagojevich. When Blagojevich launched his first campaign for governor in 2001, the Chicago Tribune reported that he “was introduced to the crowd by liberal North Side and North Shore U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who called him a ‘political ally.’” (“Blagojevich candidacy starts with home base,” August 13, 2001)

When Blagojevich ran for re-election in 2006, Schakowsky endorsed him over his primary opponent despite an ongoing federal investigation into alleged corruption.

According to Illinois news reports, Schakowsky spent the summer months of 2008 raising money for a Blagojevich re-election bid in an effort to secure an appointment to then-Senator Obama’s seat.

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