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The democrat way: only tinged, not tainted, with corruption -- Locke proposed for Secretary of Commerce?

Isn’t it amazing that the Obama Administration can’t seem to find an unblemished candidate for their Secretary of Commerce?

According to the Associated Press…

“President Barack Obama's likely third pick for Commerce secretary is former Washington Gov. Gary Locke, a senior administration official said Monday.”

Locke was briefly linked to the scandal over foreign contributions to President Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign. In July 1998, he gave a deposition to the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight about his relationships with questioned Clinton donors. But the committee subsequently said the deposition produced no evidence that Locke knowingly accepted illegal campaign donations.”

“Locke denied any wrongdoing, and he subsequently returned some checks tied to people implicated in the fundraising scandal, including $750 from John Huang. The former Commerce Department official was the Democratic Party's chief fund raiser for the Asian-American population in the 1996 elections, and he became one of the central figures in the national Democratic Party fundraising scandal.”

“Also, in December 1997, Locke's political committee was fined a maximum $2,500 by state regulators after it admitted breaking campaign finance laws during two out-of-state fundraisers in 1996.”

“And in March 1998, state investigators cleared Locke of wrongdoing following complaints that he unlawfully took $10,000 in campaign contributions from members of a Buddhist church.”

Problem?

“Since leaving office he's been working for the Seattle-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine on issues involving China, energy and governmental relations. He argues that global engagement is a way to improve China's human rights record and deal with piracy of intellectual property.”

I am extremely wary of any candidate for a high-level position who may have had a prior working relationship with foreign nations who were complicit in illegally trying to subvert a United States election.

“The 1996 United States campaign finance controversy was an alleged effort by the People's Republic of China to influence domestic American politics during the 1996 federal elections. The issue first received public attention in early 1997, with news that a Justice Department investigation had uncovered evidence that agents of China sought to direct contributions to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in violation of U.S. laws regarding foreign political contributions. The Chinese government denied all accusations. Twenty-two people were eventually convicted of fraud or for funneling Asian funds into the United States elections, and others fled U.S. jurisdiction. Several of these were associates of Bill Clinton or Al Gore.” <Source>

Perhaps Obama is blind to corruption?

Having started his political career in the house of  unrepentant domestic terrorists (William Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn) and being associated with political crooks like Tony Rezko and the corrupt Chicago and Illinois political machines, perhaps Barack Obama is really blind to political corruption, campaign funding irregularities and the manipulation of voting that is the hallmark of the democrat party?

Is this the best the Obama Administration can do? Or perhaps are they sending a welcoming signal for the Chinese to financially participate in the 2010 and 2012 election cycles? 

-- steve

Reference Links:

My Way News - Official: Obama likely to name Locke to Commerce


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