I wish I could say that I’m surprised to find out that Virginia Sen. George Allen is not only a racist but a crook. Unfortunately, I can’t. I suppose we should expect this from a carpetbagger.

As a Virginian, I’m embarrassed that this sleazeball is a Senator representing our commonwealth in Congress. He’s not the only sleazeball, mind you. We also have Rep. Jim Moran, acknowledged wife beater and notorious user of other people’s money to pay off his investment losses.

But now an Associated Press investigation shows Allen the racist is also Allen the bribe-taker – just another support-for-sale politician willing to sell his soul (and vote) for money.

100906allen.jpgSeems Allen used his sabbatical between governor and Senator to cash in on contacts made while in the Virginia guv’s mansion, joining three Virginia high-tech companies he assisted while in the commonwealth’s highest job. Those companies rewarded him with stock options.

He laundered some of the money through his law firm but we learned long ago that Allen is not particularly smart and he left enough of a paper trail to nail his inappropriate, and illegal, influence peddling.

Then, to compound the matters, Allen tried to steer federal contracts to these companies after he became Senator and then failed to report his stock holdings in his financial disclosure forms as required by law.  He now claims this was an oversight and that he didn’t understand the law – a hilarious claim by a lawyer.

In Congress, we have stupid politicians and corrupt politicians. In George Allen, we get the best of both worlds – stupid and corrupt.

He claims he lost money on at least one of the stocks and uses that to suggest innocence. All it does prove is that he was too dumb to cash in once he sold his vote. Lord, if we’re going to send crooks to the Senate, let’s at least send competent ones.

When I ran the political programs division of the National Association of Realtors and oversaw the nation’s largest political action committee (PAC), I always felt the need to delouse after any meeting with George Allen. In two previous contacts with him (1984 and 1991), I had heard him use racial slurs. I didn’t like the man. In 1991, he was seeking support for his run for Congress and he made it clear that his vote was for sale.

"Support me and I’ll support you," he said. "I remember my friends."  But Allen came across as a phony – a Californian who pretended to be a Virginian, an urbanite who wore cowboy boots and chewed tobacco and a glad-hander who tried to be everything he wasn’t.

I didn’t trust him then and I don’t trust him now. Stories have long circulated in Washington about Allen selling his votes and support. He’s always lived high on the hog, much higher than the income he discloses on his financial forms supports. If he didn’t report his stock options on those forms, who knows how much other under-the-table cash he has failed to disclose?

George Allen reminds me of a famous story about a dinner party in London where Winston Churchill conned George Bernard Shaw into the following exchange with his longtime nemesis Lady Astor:

SHAW: Lady Astor, would you spend the night with me for a million pounds?

ASTOR: Why, yes, Mr. Shaw, I suppose I would.

SHAW: How about five pounds?

ASTOR: Mr. Shaw, what you take me for?

SHAW: I’ve established that. What I am trying to establish now is the price.

We’ve long known George Allen is a political whore. What we don’t know for sure is the price. But we should remember that, with any whore, that no matter what we pay the very best we will ever get is screwed.

Doug Thompson published his first story and photo at age 11 -- a newspaper article about racism and the Klan in Prince Edward County, VA, in 1958. From that point on, he decided to become a newspaperman and did just that -- reporting news and taking photos full-time at his hometown paper, becoming the youngest full-time reporter at The Roanoke Times in Virginia in 1965 and spent most of the past 55+ years covering news around the country and the globe. After a short sabbatical as a political operative in Washington in the 1980s, he returned to the news profession in 1992. Today, he is a contract reporter/photojournalist for BHMedia and owns Capitol Hill Blue and other news websites.


  1. good job

    I’d like to see Allen get hammered and voted out of office. Always felt that the bullshit cowboy boot tobacco chewing image was all manufactured

  2. Looks like we (the constituents) have created an out-of-control monster. Both chambers of congress are full of self-severing jerks and political whores.

    Guess we’d better figure out how to take control of the situation. Maybe voting and getting rid of the primary system where 80 percent of the candidates are selected by 20 percent of the voters….oh, and setting term limits might help for starters.

  3. Ha Ha, GS…too bad they’re NOT “Self-Severing”…it would save us a lot of time and effort.
    I do agree with your solutions, and would like to add getting rid of the electoral college, which seems impossible.

  4. Looks like we (the constituents) have created an out-of-control monster. Both chambers of congress are full of self-severing jerks and political whores.

    Guess we’d better figure out how to take control of the situation. Maybe voting and getting rid of the primary system where 80 percent of the candidates are selected by 20 percent of the voters….oh, and setting term limits might help for starters.

  5. I believe this is only the tip of the tip of the iceberg as far as U.S. Congressional ‘securities’ corruption is concerned.

    Just look at Utah Senators Bob Bennett and Orin Hatch

    aiding Swift Boat Captains Against John Kerry doner Patrick Byrne to promote worthless U.S. penny stocks,some of the right wing penny stock scamsters even dumping their worthless shares as far ‘offshore’ as Kuala Lumpur and Dubai with no concern,post 911,that they can be used for both fraud and money laundering !

    And what about Virginia’s National Taxpayers Union founder James Dale Davidson

    who first began the National Association Against Naked Short Selling to promote and dump Endovasc(Stanford U.)and Genemax(named for ‘newsmax’?)

    shares through Charles Schwab and from his offshore havens such as LOM of Bermuda ?

    I only coincidentally posted the article below about Florida penny stock scams when the Allen story appeared.Note Skyway Communications appears to have ties all the way to the White House,even Al Ali Al Sabah of Kuwait National Guard and ‘royalty’was or is an ‘investor’ and Tom DeLay and a Republican

    ‘business council’praised the CEO Brent Kovar ! Jeb Bush’s Florida Dept. of Transportation and Titan Corp of Abu Graib,I mean San Diego,have promoted it!

    Now the DC-9 bought by defrauding investors was caught by the Mexican army in April with over 5.5 tons of cocaine on board.

    And even more bizar is the holding company for Skyways Communications is Royal Sons whose previous address was Huffman Aviation in Venice,Florida where Mohamed Atta trained!

    All this intermingled with Republican connected penny stock scams !




    On top of it all even Israel President Moshe Katsav’s name has been used to promote British Israeli Michael Zweber’s


    By taking link below you will find many more links showing I have been fighting Congressional or Beltway penny stock promoters as best I can on the indymedias since last year when I discovered them.

    Do google search of ‘stanford medical fraud’ for instance,

    or ‘terrorbaggers’or’james

    dale davidson’.(Add

    ‘ryals’to search if my writing does not appear at top of Google search.)

    Florida,Charlie Crist ,Republican Skyway Communications stock fraud,drug trafficking op


  6. It’s oft been said that we reap what we sow. The American political system generates and then throws millions upon millions of dollars in “campaign donations” at these clowns. And then we all wonder why they are all corrupt.

    I was recently in New Hampshire and was amazed at how many Presidential “wanabees” are already wandering through the State, raising money and forming “exploratory committees” to see if there’s enough interest (spelled “money”) for them to actually run in the New Hampshire Primary. That primary is almost a year and a half away. What’s more, the actual election is still over TWO YEARS away. Yet, these clowns are ALREADY in “campaign mode” and running around with their hands out…. as they have been for over a year now.

    To me, there’s something inherently wrong with a system that, by default, requires candidates for high office to generate millions upon millions of dollars, either from their own pockets or from seemingly endless fund-raising campaigns, just to get a job that pays far less than the average corporate CEO. It also seems like our elected officials are in a perpetual campaign mode even before the day they first take office. And when they are constantly campaigning, is it any wonder that money (and the pursuit of same) becomes their “Job #1”?

    I can’t help but compare and contrast such perpetual campaign foolishness with what our Canadian friends do come election time. There, once the sitting Prime Minister dissolves the Federal Parliament, the actual campaign to elect a new one seldom runs more than a month or so. That is, after a month or so of hard campaigning, the election is held…and then it’s OVER!

    And while there are four major political parties in Canada, by law, candidates from ALL minimally qualifying political parties must be listed on the ballot for each seat in Parliament. Noticeably absent is the totally corrupt, two-party, “duopoly” of colluding “Republicrats” deciding who can (or can’t) be included on a ballot.

    What’s more, Canadian elections are ALL government funded and coordinated. So, once a political party selects their candidate to run for a seat in a particular district (they are called “ridings”) qualifying candidates who also meet a certain minimum popularity threshold (based on results from a previous election) get a specified pot of money from the government to campaign with. And, once that pot of funds is gone, it’s gone. Period.

    Needless to say, what’s really nice about this approach is that Canadians aren’t also subjected to watching (or hearing) the same mud-slinging campaign ads over and over (and over again) in media assaults that can last a year or more in contested States or districts in the US.

    Keeping things “short and simple” makes grass-roots campaigns the norm rather than the exception in Canada. And, I believe a similar approach might also help keep a lot of the graft and corruption at all levels in our US Government to a bare minimum as well.

    Sometimes, less really IS more.

  7. Hi mr Thompson.

    Why are you so surprised that one or two politicans have made “faux pas”?

    Do you not know yet that any and all politicans are sleazeballs, goofs, goons, liers, pocket-fillers, hypocrites, good-for-nothing ego-trippers?
    (Except, maybe, for one percent of them. And they get conventiently killed…)

    As far as I am concerned: we, the people, do not need politicians. (We can easily govern ourselves..).
    Put all those rascals (from the “lowest” to the “highest” office-holders) in rowboats and set those vessels on the Bering Sea.
    And let us see what happens then.

    Last this: the media give too much attention to all the senseless, meaningless, irrelevant deeds, and wordfs, of said politicians.
    If no newspaper, no radio-station, no tv-channel would bler about them, then we would be a lot better off.
    But no: all the “experts” need something to do. Hence: robot-like types on television yak about politician A, B, and C, while knowing that that amounts to nothing, and changes nothing.

    As long as we, the people, give politicians “power”, they will have “power”.
    Ignore the bastards completely, and eventually they will fall into their own traps.

    Thank you for reading this.
    Ruth Benderall

  8. Gee, is there anyone else in the Republikan hierarchy that pretends to be some kind of western cowboy when in fact he’s just another rich privileged preppy? What is it with these guys and Marlboro Man symbolism? I wonder if they all wear really small cowboy boots? You know, small boots, small….

  9. What amazes me is that Allen still is tied or ahead of Webb in polls. That says volumes about voters today.

    Thanks, Doug, for all your wonderful rants!

  10. As far as I can tell, Wyoming’s Republican delegation gives everything to the rich for free. However, Wyoming is a cult of carefully cultivated lazy cowards and suckers, so they don’t mind.

  11. Is it just me or do Santorum and Allen look enough alike to be related?

    Allen shouldn’t just resign, it’s clear he should be prosecuted. Why do we have to read about his crimes on-line? Why isn’t the Senate looking into this? Or is Frist too busy covering up for his own shady deals?
    This is one disgusting Congress. Makes you proud to be an American.

  12. Commentators on political corruption often include somewhere in their commentary a statement to the effect that “they all do it.” Statements of this sort serve to diffuse responsibility for such corruption and to a degree “excuse” the culprit. Such statements are counterproductive. Admittedly, our species doesn’t produce many impeccable individual, and corruption can be found to some degree in all groups. However, we should focus on the immediate corruption in front of us, and deal with it vigorously. Let’s not dilute our contempt for the immediate guilty party by noting that “they all do it.”

  13. I get the creepy-crawlies everytime I see or hear him but that’s just my instinct, which I have found to be very accurate in my life. My question is: why isn’t this guy under federal investigation if he’s left a clear paper trail? Clear enough to be discovered fairly easily.

  14. Tell ya what – ya’all can have one of our senators – Rickkk Santorum – from Pennsylvania – actually Rick and George would probably get along just fine – they seem to have a lot in common.
    … perhaps the GOP should consider a Santorum/Allen ticket for 2008 … might be the only way they could sink further than they did in 2000 or 2004 ….


  15. Senator (really? Seantor? OUCH!) Allen is not the only corrupt public servant. Many more probably go undetected than are caught. However, just because we cannot catch them all is no reason to go easy on the ones we do catch. Disgrace, expulsion and prosecution are called for in every case. Oh, lest I forget, they all deserve fair treatment and the Glom Of Parasites (GOP) set the standard when it funded the Swift Boat Invertebrates.

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