Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Smokes for Votes

This is probably one of her best columns to date. Normally, she does not tout party lines, but today she reminds us who the party of the people really is: rich, guilty, limousine liberals.
And then there are common Democrat givers such as Connie Milstein. She is just like you and me … if you happen to be the pampered heir to a multibillion-dollar real estate fortune in New York City. Milstein calls herself "an ordinary Park Avenue matron." Really. She is just your usual elbow-rubbing, partisan fund-raiser/philanthropist/business mogul next door.

During the 1999-2000 election cycle alone, Milstein contributed at least $932,515 to various Democratic Party soft money accounts, and spread another $40,000 in hard money donations to various candidates and political committees. In the fall of 2000, Milstein did what any regular Democrat donor would do: She flew herself to Milwaukee and bribed homeless people to vote for Al Gore in exchange for cigarettes. Milstein was caught on video by local ABC affiliate WISN-TV toting bags of cancer sticks for vagrants outside the Milwaukee Rescue Mission.

Then chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee's Major Supporters Committee, Milstein told the TV station she was an official representative of the Gore campaign and "was asked to come down and ring doorbells, go to shelters, see if I can get as many people as I could out to the polls."

It was just your run-of-the-mill campaign to smoke out (er, get out) the vote. Honest.

Wisconsin outlaws the procurement of votes with gifts worth more than $1. It's a felony. But what average Democrat donor lets a little thing like illegality get in the way?
Read entire article here.

And let's not forget the Rapists and Murderers for Kerry discussed here.

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