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Hey George Soros! Where the hell’s my money?

By Doug Thompson
October 6, 2006

Gotta put in a call to George Soros and find out when the hell he intends to send my money.

According to House Speaker Dennis J. Hastert, Soros, a millionaire speculator who funds a lot of Democratic causes, owes a ton of money to me and anyone else who dared suggest he and the Republican leadership of Congress fell asleep at the wheel in the rapidly-developing Mark Foley Congressional page scandal.

"The people who want to see this thing blow up are ABC News and a lot of Democratic operatives, people funded by George Soros," Hastert said Friday in another lame attempt to weasel his way out of the sex scandal that may bring down his leadership and his party in Congress.

This is the second time in a month that some Republican has accused me of being a "Democratic operative." The first came three weeks ago from Dick Wadhams, campaign manager for Sen. George Allen, another Republican who suffers from foot-in-mouth disease.

In emails to reporters, Wadhams said Democrats paid me to go public about times I had heard Allen use racial slurs. Guess that check must be in the mail too because I’ve never received a dime from the Democratic Party or anyone connected with them.

I have, however, received a lot of money from Republicans over the years. I worked for the party of the elephant from 1981-87 in various jobs on Capitol Hill and in Congressional and national campaigns.

100606money2.jpgAnd since Hastert is in the business of accusing me, and others, of being part of some nefarious scheme funded by Democratic fat cats to undermine Republican elected officials, let me remind him of something he seems to forget – that I, and others that he knows, were part of a group funded by right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife to try and bring down President Bill Clinton.

Republicans like to complain about Soros but their memories get selective when it comes to Scaife, who spent far more in trying to undermine a Democratic president and who got hauled before a grand jury in 1998 to explain just what the hell he thought he was doing.

In late 1992, shortly after Clinton’s election, I was invited to a meeting at The Eddie Mahe Company in Washington. Among those in attendance was Peter W. Smith, a Chicago businessman, conservative activist and a fundraiser for Republican Congressman Newt Gingrich. Another attendee was Richard Porter, a law partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland and Ellis. Porter worked in the George H.W. Bush administration and was also a law partner of Kenneth W. Starr, who headed up the much-ballyhooed "Whitewater" investiation that turned, instead, into a witch hunt over Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

The stated "purpose" of the meeting was to mount a campaign to defeat First Lady Hillary Clinton’s national health care plan but the discussion quickly turned to her husband’s sex life and the so-called "Troopergate" scandal where Arkansas State Troopers supposedly supplied willing bedmates for Clinton while he served as governor.

The following year I went to work for Mahe’s company and participated in a number of projects funded by Smith, who I later discovered was helping funnel money from Scaife into projects aimed at discrediting Clinton. That meeting in 1992 was part of the so-called "Arkansas Project," a massive anti-Clinton effort that cost Scaife $2.4 million. I quit working on the projects when I learned of Scaife’s involvement.

In 1997, Scaife cut off funding for the project and would later tell a federal grand jury that he had "grave concerns" about how the money was spent.  Obviously, his spending turned out to be a poor investment. Clinton served two full terms in office and survived impeachment proceedings.

When Denny Hastert tries to pass the blame for his troubles off on political opponents and Democratic billionaires he practices the kind of hypocrisy that defines his party and the dismal state of our government.

Down here in the hills of Virginia we call this kind of sleazebag politics "the pot calling the kettle black." We also call those who practice that kind of doublespeak "liars and scumbags."

64 Responses to Hey George Soros! Where the hell’s my money?

  1. JoyfulC

    October 6, 2006 at 6:03 pm

  2. Dobro2837

    October 6, 2006 at 6:09 pm

  3. Lucy Davis

    October 6, 2006 at 6:12 pm

  4. Timothy Richley

    October 6, 2006 at 6:24 pm

  5. Timothy Richley

    October 6, 2006 at 6:29 pm

  6. mrdavee

    October 6, 2006 at 6:34 pm

  7. Fred Goepfert

    October 6, 2006 at 7:25 pm

  8. ThunderHawk

    October 6, 2006 at 8:00 pm

  9. Ted

    October 6, 2006 at 8:01 pm

  10. Judy Bodnar

    October 6, 2006 at 8:23 pm

  11. Jeffery Haas

    October 6, 2006 at 9:25 pm

  12. Ted

    October 6, 2006 at 9:53 pm

  13. Laura

    October 6, 2006 at 9:59 pm

  14. aces

    October 6, 2006 at 10:24 pm

  15. california rick

    October 7, 2006 at 1:51 am

  16. rae ann anderson

    October 7, 2006 at 2:36 am

  17. Dolores

    October 7, 2006 at 4:09 am

  18. Jesse

    October 7, 2006 at 8:59 am

  19. e

    October 7, 2006 at 11:59 am

  20. Charlie Couser

    October 7, 2006 at 2:41 pm

  21. Mike M

    October 7, 2006 at 5:10 pm

  22. soccermom

    October 10, 2006 at 11:47 am

  23. Samuel

    October 10, 2006 at 8:10 pm

  24. the man

    October 6, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    “that I, and others that he knows, were part of a secret group funded by right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife to bring down President Bill Clinton.”
    Doug… and you claim to be “non-partisan”. Like O’reilly claiming to be “independent”. Wow! there really is a right wing conspiracy! Who knows what other “secret groups” there are… like for steeling elections?

  25. Doug Thompson

    October 6, 2006 at 5:20 pm

    The Man writes:

    Doug… and you claim to be “non-partisan”. Like O’reilly claiming to be “independent”. Wow! there really is a right wing conspiracy! Who knows what other “secret groups” there are… like for steeling elections?

    I am non-partisan. I’ve never hidden the fact that I worked as a political operative for the GOP (although I have never voted a straight Republican ticket or registered as one).

    I stopped working on those projects once I learned who was behind them and before starting Capitol Hill Blue and have had no involvement in partisan politics as an operative since that time.

    –Doug

  26. Eleanor

    October 6, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Just proves what I have thought all along for the past 20 years – old Newtie ain’t nothing but a scumbag and a liar and is, in fact, no better than Bill Clinton. Bet Newtie’s track record is much larger than Billy’s.

  27. the man

    October 6, 2006 at 5:07 pm

  28. Doug Thompson

    October 6, 2006 at 5:20 pm

  29. Eleanor

    October 6, 2006 at 5:21 pm

  30. Michael

    October 6, 2006 at 5:33 pm

  31. Fred P

    October 6, 2006 at 5:35 pm

  32. Fred P

    October 6, 2006 at 5:38 pm

  33. JoyfulC

    October 6, 2006 at 5:45 pm

  34. JoyfulC

    October 6, 2006 at 5:58 pm

  35. John Hanks

    October 6, 2006 at 5:59 pm

  36. Michael

    October 6, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    So your one of many that put us this mess. I guess I blame you for the war and all the other things your buddies the republicans have put us in. Thank you again for killing my friend in Iraq.

  37. Fred P

    October 6, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    I’m impressed by this article. I should note that one of the people who concocted the “Troopergate” “scandal” – David Brock, is now working against Conservative misinformation (unfortunately, not misinformation in general) at http://mediamatters.org/

  38. Fred P

    October 6, 2006 at 5:38 pm

    @Michael
    I should note that he stopped working for the Republicans significantly before George W. Bush became president. I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

  39. JoyfulC

    October 6, 2006 at 5:45 pm

    Doug, what were you thinking?? “Undermine a president”???? How exactly do you think that would be to the benefit of the country (even Bush shouldn’t be “undermined” — goodness knows, he does enough damage on his own).

    Since I came to know of Capital Hill Blue, I’ve discussed the site and some of your comments with various people. I always cautioned that you might not be enormously trustworthy. One thing that always concerned me were your secret reports about Bush throwing fits, drinking, being mentally unstable, etc. from unnamed sources. If they’re unnamed, they’re unreliable — and besides, I don’t care if the guy dresses up in a rooster costume and goes out on the balcony to crow in the dawn! All I care about in a president or any elected official is whether (s)he does a decent job. I couldn’t care less that Clinton got a blowjob — his business, not mine. I only cared that he seemed to be a decent president. I don’t care if Bush screams obscenities — all I care about is that he doesn’t seem to be a decent president.

    The problem with both the US and Canada is that we’ve got too many shit disturbers like you who bring effective government to a grinding halt with your scandal mongering and distract voters from real issues.

    Get a conscience!

    ..c..

  40. JoyfulC

    October 6, 2006 at 5:58 pm

    What happened to the comment I just posted? I’ve posted comments here recently and they appeared right away. This time, I was shunted off to some other page, and now I can’t see my comment.

    Cover ups and lies. Don’t worry, I saved the article and I’d like to make sure it gets seen elsewhere. Some of us have been ridiculed for believing that there was a right wing conspiracy against Clinton, now Doug admits that there was, he was part of it, and he did it for cash. People need to know about this.

    ..c..

  41. John Hanks

    October 6, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    The only right Republicans believe in is the right to steal. Lies, subversions, cons, etc. are theft.

    But, it takes a lot of little crooks and suckers to fall for the big crooks.
    A nation of just suckers and crooks cannot last.

  42. JoyfulC

    October 6, 2006 at 6:03 pm

    Okay, that worked, so let’s try it again.

    Doug, what were you thinking being involved in an effort to “undermine” a president?? How can you possibly imagine that would be good for the country?

    Since I learned of Capitol Hill Blue, I’ve discussed the site and your Rants with various people. My feeling was that you were not trustworthy. I never liked your reports from unnamed WH sources about Bush’s drinking, screaming obscenities, acting crazy, being paranoid, etc. I never felt it was relevant — the man has royally screwed up everything he’s touched in his official capacity as president. I don’t care if he dresses up in a rooster suit and goes out to crow in the dawn. Nor did I care about Clinton’s blowjobs and indiscretions. I felt Clinton was a good and decent president, based on his official strategies and choices. I feel Bush is a lousy president due to his official strategies and choices. Even though they’re presidents, they have a right to privacy.

    It’s people like you who have brought the US government to grinding halt with respect to effective governing with your scandal mongering, and you work hard to distract voters from the real issues.

    Get a conscience!

    ..c..

  43. Dobro2837

    October 6, 2006 at 6:09 pm

    Talk about calling the kettle black.

    Dobro2837

  44. Lucy Davis

    October 6, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    Every time the republicans get caught in another of their dirty scandals, I wait to hear that “Clinton caused this”. Amazing! I’m waiting to hear that Clinton is to blame for global warming, the bloody mess in Iraq, hurricane Katrina, Bush’s draft dodging (and his lies pertaining to his service therein), Bush’s alcohol and cocaine addled brain, and the sun rising in the east. Who on earth would the republicans use to excuse their machinations, if it weren’t for President Clinton? How many have forgotten how good life was during Clinton’s reign? Remember when gas was $25 a barrel, hiring was going on at more than 250,000 a month, the national debt was being paid down and a trillion dollar surplus was available for Bush to buy votes by promising to send $400 to everyone if they would only believe the crap he was promising to deliver? How strange that the people who consider themselves “Christian”, are willing to believe this unelected president when he lays claim to being “called by God”. Such heresy!!!

  45. Timothy Richley

    October 6, 2006 at 6:24 pm

    Doug, I have been trying to understand just why and how we have desended to what we are now, and some reading that I have been doing explains quite a lot. I started with Dean’s book ” Conservatives Without Concience”, and then went to some of his extensivly footnoted sources. So far I have learned a great deal, including why the republicians act the way they do. If you haven’t already read this book, I urge you to read it. I am in the process of acquiring some of his source material, which is extensive. This is a book that everyone who is wondering just what has happened to our country needs to read. The only solution is to vote them out. But the right does have a real hold over their supporters, who believe everything that they are told. This ties in with what the republician house leadership is doing. I now understand both the why and the how of what they are doing.
    Keep up the good work Doug. I have only been surfing the web for a couple of years now, since I retired, but I have learned a lot from you and from Cap.Hill Blue.

  46. Timothy Richley

    October 6, 2006 at 6:29 pm

    Doug, a question from a novice web surfer, Why does a window with the title of fastclick keep coming up when I click on your site? I might add that this fastclick is blank, and it is easy to close, but did you put it there for a reason, and should the window have some kind of content?

  47. mrdavee

    October 6, 2006 at 6:34 pm

    …naughty, naughty, Dougie. In the past few days, I think your readers have gotten more insight into how you’re able to produce such straight forward info than in the entire past year of ‘Rants’. I must say some feathers seem a bit ruffled. Keep it up. Besides, former ne’er do wells always make the best cops. I hope all of your readers are registered to vote and will do so next month (perhaps for a CHANGE). For we all should remember…’No one is safe while the White House is occupied and Congress is in session’ (even IF only for 97 days). db

  48. Fred Goepfert

    October 6, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    Doug, lets see:

    Monica Lewinski did not give Pres. Bill Clinton a series of blow jobs in the White House, and the stain on her blue dress was make-up. It was really all part of a “witch-hunt” plot financed by Richard Mellon Scaife.

    Quote:
    I have, however, received a lot of money from Republicans over the years. I worked for the party of the elephant from 1981-87 in various jobs on Capitol Hill and in Congressional and .national campaigns.

    Quote:
    In late 1992, shortly after Clinton’s election, I was invited to a meeting at The Eddie Mahe Company in Washington.

    Quote:
    The following year I went to work for Mahe’s company and participated in a number of projects funded by Smith, who I later discovered was helping funnel money from Scaife into projects aimed at discrediting Clinton. That meeting in 1992 was part of the so-called “Arkansas Project,” a massive anti-Clinton effort that cost Scaife $2.4 million. I quit working on the projects when I learned of Scaife’s involvement.

    Doug, in the spirit of uncovering Republican illegally funded “dirty tricks” campaigns, would you be willing to furnish a sworn affidavit to the FBI, detailing exactly what your connected activities where and how much you were paid? Also, did you return any of the tainted money when you found out?

    What is your explanation for your past participation in these activities?
    Please remember that alcoholism and priestly abuse has already been used.

  49. ThunderHawk

    October 6, 2006 at 8:00 pm

    Everything Doug has written here is well documented. See, for example “Blinded by the Right” by David Brock.

    Keep up the good work, Doug. You’re a patriot.

  50. Ted

    October 6, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    Doug your fishfood now!!!

    Piraña are where they find you.

  51. Judy Bodnar

    October 6, 2006 at 8:23 pm

    Above, John Hanks closed his comment with “A nation of just suckers and Crooks
    cannot last” It sickens me to realize that this nations government is made up of what seems to be mostly crooks and suckers.
    The old adage “follow the money trail” is the wisest advice when you want to find out who has an interest in anything. As for this current mess in which Foley got caught, everyone knows it was wrong, but the GOP wants to insure its controlling role in congress and they will spend bazillions in doing so by pointing fingers, and covering up. But this time, it involves minors and I don’t think it will float.
    “Whitewater”, “Trooper Gate”, “Monica Gate”, “Swiftboaters” etc..are just some of the places the GOP supporters big money has gone…they have invested heavily in the down fall of this wonderful nation, by first Buying the appointment of GWB to president and then paying the cost of the seemingly endless coverups required to keep him & his henchmen there. The only thing that the GOP led by Bush has managed to do succesfully is to bring this nation to its knees in shame and failure. Not even the Bazillions that they have, will buy them or anyone else out of a scandle involving minors
    …it will touch all who have particpated in lewd & lacivious activities with our youth !

  52. Jeffery Haas

    October 6, 2006 at 9:25 pm

    Doug is a former GOP political operative and Michael C. Ruppert is a former LAPD narcotics investigator.
    As of this writing, both have done enormous amounts of good for this country, not only by revealing an insider’s view of the machinations of big, raw political power but by maintaining a course separate from the current crop of blades set to mow our collective lawn.
    I would rather have a former (emphasis) operative on our side (the side of the American people) than someone who has never seen the inside of the beast.
    Also, as of this writing Ruppert’s office has been hit a half dozen times under increasingly suspicious circumstances and he has gone into self imposed exile in South America.
    Doug is still hanging here and as we all know, we either hang together or we shall surely hang separately.
    It’s a pleasure to see you on the good side Doug and I welcome your experience.

  53. Ted

    October 6, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    Well stated Jeffery Haas.

    @ Doug-
    I had no idea that you had disgraced yourself so badly in the past.

    I admire your courage and am proud of you for being straight about it and powerfully facing the reality of it. Holding oneself responsible and accountable for one’s past is an admirable trait in anyone. You should be proud of yourself for being an extraordinary human being.

    Keep kickin ass and chewin bubble gum Doug! Just don’t get to fond of the bubble gum its bad for your teeth.

    Before you can forgive anybody for anything, you first have to forgive
    yourself for being the very thing that you hate. If you can forgive yourself
    for the things you did, you can forgive others who have
    done or still do those things, for they know not what they do.
    Rubin Hurricane Carter

  54. Laura

    October 6, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    Hastert’s comments about Soros are very revealing. The fact that he matter of factly assumes that some fat-cat businessman is behind the scenes, pulling the strings, reveals a time-honered right wing Republican strategy. It takes one to know one. Doug, please consider doing a column on John DeCamp’s book and related documentary, “Conspiracy of Silence,” which details a well-documented Republican-run child sex ring in the 80s. http://www.franklincase.org/silence.htm

  55. aces

    October 6, 2006 at 10:24 pm

    DOUG:
    You did a time-honored thing by revealing your past and taking responsibility for it. You deserve to be commended instead of being vilified. Keep up the good work on Capitol Hill Blue.

  56. california rick

    October 7, 2006 at 1:51 am

    How many have forgotten how good life was during Clinton’s reign? Remember when gas was $25 a barrel, hiring was going on at more than 250,000 a month, the national debt was being paid down and a trillion dollar surplus…

    During the Clinton years, I used to fly from San Francisco to London for $398.00 R/T – ah…the good ol’ days!

    Now to Doug

    Thank you for being honest about your past involvement with the GOP and exposing their shananigans and the part that you played.

    …and thank you for your unending pounding of partisanship – it doesn’t work for any political party – but people just don’t get it, sadly.

  57. rae ann anderson

    October 7, 2006 at 2:36 am

    I get so tired of liberal’s who pick on those who once used to be Republicans. It makes you no better than those dogmatic Republicans. If you are raised in a Republican family like I was, you don’t fall off the tree a Democrat. You have to learn to think for yourself, which I have done and people like Doug deserve lots of credit for seeing the better way to go.

  58. Dolores

    October 7, 2006 at 4:09 am

    Blinded by the right is a great book by David Brock. I have read it (a borrowed copy) and just ordered it from Amazon for the great price of .90 cents with 3.49 shipping. A great buy if anyone is interested in how the republicans decided to take down BILL CLINTON and decided the day he took office that they would never let him govern. Well, PRESIDENT CLINTON sure fooled them as he was a great PRESIDENT, unlike the litle weasel that is in the whitehouse now. I only hope that somone writes a true book about “this president” when he is out of office and tells what a crook and a liar he is. By the way, ‘THE FAMILY” (bush family” is good reading too. A little slow at first but well worth the read to find out all about the bush family and the past generations of bushs.

  59. Jesse

    October 7, 2006 at 8:59 am

    Gee, Doug, how is it that we all missed your name when Hastert leveled his charges?

  60. e

    October 7, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Keep up the good work of sharing your truths..each one of us have our own set of our truths and how we see our worlds and when we unite them as is being done now we can change this world of corrupt politics no matter the party,,thank you

  61. Charlie Couser

    October 7, 2006 at 2:41 pm

    Doug,

    Just exactly for what does GOP stand? Grande Ole Purloiners? Grande Ole Prevaricators? Grande Ole Perverts? All of the above?

  62. Mike M

    October 7, 2006 at 5:10 pm

    GOP stands for “Glom of Parasites”

  63. soccermom

    October 10, 2006 at 11:47 am

    Doug, I am so glad to see you still Rant-ing. The best part is that you *did* see the “right-wing conspiracy” from inside for a little while – not very far inside, and thank your good sense for that – so you know it’s real, and you know the tactic being used by Denny – attack where you yourself are weak. Don’t think for a second that Scaife has given up his political games, the SMS foundation, Carthage, all of them are aimed at the same sorts of goals he had when bedeviling the Clintons. Apparently his sister even made up with him – or forgave him – about her ex-sweetheart’s suspicious death, prior to her own passing. I think that was over-fondness on her part, but hey. You want a single most powerful enemy of democracy in this country, it’s not Bush or Cheney or Rove, it’s probably Richard Mellon Scaife, although Rev. Moon likes to play at it as well. But 1) he’s loony enough to have a coronation of himself (in a govt office building, attended by American congressional representatives??!) as “returning Messiah” or some such, and 2) he’s not American. RMS is homegrown. Alas for us all.

  64. Samuel

    October 10, 2006 at 8:10 pm

    Doug,I respect your honesty.I remember awhile back when you talked about your mistakes as a young jouralist. It takes a big person to see the error of their own ways. Many people never put themselves out their in the first place, so it’s easy for them to point the finger at others. I voted for Bill Clinton twice, but I’ve never been under the false impression that he was a ‘straight shooter’ However, I detest all of the sermonizing of the morally upright, who place more concern on someone’s past, than on who they are now. It strikes me as odd that we who have so much compared to the rest of the world, don’t stop and wonder how it is that our country came to be in such a position that we can consume so much of the worlds resources. You don’t suppose it’s the ultimate ‘trickle down’ from the support of the status quo in oter countries, who were enabled to suppress the poor in their own countries, by the abundant wealth bestowed on them by these same ‘players’ who fund these coups and power plays in our own goverment. It’s no secret that history is one case of explotation after another, starting in our country with genocide of the indigenous peoples. Everyone likes to believe that there are some good old days where folks were simple and honest. well maybe, if one believes the revisionist history books taught in our schools. When the real truth comes out about what’s been going on in our goverment for the past hundred years, since the federal reserve act turned our country over to the big banks, it’s going to take real courage from all of us to face up to it, hopefully before we pollute the earth to the point of no return. There is a cesspool of murder and mayhem at the roots of this system, and if it weren’t for the internet, and the honesty of people like Doug, who have seen the light, we could never expect to get the truth from the corperate press, who are ultimately owned by those who are insane enough to believe that there isn’t that much wrong with the world, and we should stay the course, until the whole thing collapses like a house of cards. Keep up the good work Doug