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Monday, December 05, 2005

Cunningham: How deep is deep???

From the UT:

[...]
"Between the year 2000 and June of 2005 in our district, you conspired to accept bribes in exchange for performance of official duties. Did you do that?" Judge Burns asked Cunningham.

"Yes, your honor," Cunningham replied.

"Did you take both cash payments and payments in kind?"

"Yes, your honor," the congressman said.

"Did you follow up by trying to influence the Defense Department?"

"Yes, your honor."
[...]

He admitted it. Most of the radio jockeys ( who are deeply conservative ) appear to be giving him a pass and asking everyone to lighten up. People like Mark Larson, Roger Hedgecock, Rick Roberts... etc. They are claiming (in unison...hmmm odd.) that he had confessed so we should let him be. Excuse me? This is a guy that took 4 million dollars in bribes, in the forms of boats, rugs, jewlery, cars, and homes. The conservative shows on 600, 640 and 760 keep commenting on how he "only" stole 4 million, but they admit that he should be punished. They keep forgetting -He also gave away government money to corrupt corporations - 400 million dollars in defense dollars that should have been supporting our troops. 400 dollars that could have been going to legitimate companies that would have helped America in its time of need. Wealthy rackateers took the money of the people, your money, my money, and were seeking to profit at our expense.

[...]
U.S. Attorney Carol Lam, whose office is prosecuting the case, said in a news conference that the facts Cunningham admitted in his plea agreement show "this was a crime of unprecedented magnitude and extraordinary audacity."
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Lam said the bribes from defense contractors totalled $2.4 million and included:

  • Buying the Del Mar-area home at an inflated price;

  • Paying for the capital gains tax on that sale;

  • Buying and maintaining the yacht in Washington D.C. on which Cunningham lived;

  • Paying for a graduation party for Cunningham's daughter

  • Buying a Rolls Royce, antique furniture and jewelry, and picking up travel and hotel expenses for Cunningham and his wife;

  • Making a $500,000 mortgage payoff for the house in Rancho Santa Fe.

"It is abundantly clear that Mr. Cunningham let greed take priority over his duty to serve the best interests of his constituents and his country," Lam said.
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Lastly,

[...]
Under the agreement, MZM became an exclusive contractor for the Defense Information Systems Agency, enabling the agency to order services from MZM. Its five-year contract with the Department of Defense was structured as an open-ended blanket-purchase agreement, with a $250 million spending limit.

Since 2002, MZM received $163 million in federal contracts, primarily for Pentagon programs. Much of MZM's services under the agreement involved classified work on intelligence programs for the U.S. Army.

Wade, the founder of MZM, resigned as president in late June.

In a move officials said was unrelated to the Cunningham flap, the government announced in late June it no longer would allow federal agencies to buy from MZM under the sole contractor program.
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Disgusting.



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