Ed Driscoll

Dirty Money

Kevin Mooney explores the financial dealings of that bicoastal congressman, Maryland and California’s Fortney Pete Stark:

WHO: Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), a co-sponsor of the Employee Free Choice Act (aka card check)

WHAT: Stark received the following dirty money: American Federation of Government Employees (PAC) $2,000 in 2006. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (PAC) $10,000 in 2008, $10,000 in 2006. Service Employees International Union (PAC) $5,000 in 2008 election cycle; $6,000 in 2006 election cycle.

WHY IT’S DIRTY: At least eight members of these two unions have been convicted since 2001 of felonies ranging from embezzlement, falsifying official reports to government, and conspiracy. The IBEW has had at least 14 of its members convicted. The amounts of embezzled funds range from over $5,000 to over $100,000.

WILL STARK GIVE IT BACK? Stark did not respond to a phone call and email message seeking a response.

Actually, given Stark’s track record with obscene phone calls, (and just plain obscenities), that’s probably for the best.
(H/T: IP)