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Santorum under scrutiny for ethical lapses

By CAPITOL HILL BLUE Staff Reports
January 4, 2012

Rick Santorum celebrates in Iowa (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

It didn’t take long.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum came within eight votes of winning the Iowa caucuses Tuesday and by Wednesday he faced questions about ethical lapses during his time in Congress.

Santorum came under scrutiny after he received a preferred mortgage from a bank run by campaign donors, engineering the diversion of federal funds to a real estate developer who contributed heavily to the Senator’s charity and sponsored an $8 million pork barrel bill for another top donor to the charity.

Says former federal prosecutor Melanie Sloan, who filed ethics complaints against Santorum in 2006:

There were several instances in which Santorum appeared to have taken campaign contributions in direct exchange for legislative assistance. He violated Senate gift rules by accepting a mortgage from a bank in which he had no interest and which otherwise made loans only to its own investors.

Santorum left office in 2007 before any action could be taken against him by the Senate Ethics Committee.

“Looks like it’s Rick’s turn in the hot seat,” GOP strategist Allen Carroll told Capitol Hill Blue.  “Once he became a contender this had to come out.”

Santorum usually ignores questions about his ethical lapses.  In a letter to the editor to a Philadelphia newspapers, he called the charges by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) “disingenuous innuendo and half-truths.”

“The only half-truth is the Senator’s evasion of the facts,” a former aide to Santorum told Capitol Hill Blue in 2006 when the charges first came to light. “He’s dirty.  I’m sorry to have to say that for a man I once worked for and admired but he broke the law.”

Santorum and his wife purchased a $643,361 house in northern Virginia with a $500,000 preferred-rate mortgage from Philadelphia Trust Company, a small private bank that catered to big money investors.  Federal Election Commission records show officers of the bank gave maximum allowable contributions totalling $24,000 to Santorum’s campaign and raised even more money through a technique called “bundling,” where a contributor hosts a private event and collects high-dollar donations and turns them over to the campaign in bulk.  Such bundling funneled several hundred thousand dollars into Santroum’s campaign war check.

“Rick always played fast and loose with the rules,” the former aide said. “He felt rules were for ‘little people,’ not him.”

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20 Responses to Santorum under scrutiny for ethical lapses

  1. Gregg

    January 4, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    But don’t people understand that Santorum is a politician and that exempts him from issues related to ethics.

    Didn’t somebody in the forum post a website that listed Santorum as of the top 20 most corrupt politicians?

    I just found the following on Wiki
    .
    “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, subsequently listed Rick Santorum as one of its “most corrupt politicians”.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Santorum

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 4, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Thanks Gregg for the link. Upon reading the material one would think that Rick is a dangerous ideologue that has no place in the White House. Given the power, he’ll end up as a loose cannon on deck. He’s a nonstarter with gays, minorities and the disenfranchised for sure.

      Here’s another link that I provided about a week ago titled “Skeletons in the Closet” that allows a reader to peruse the questionable past on a host of candidates.

      http://www.realchange.org/

      Carl Nemo **==

  2. mars

    January 4, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I don’t like Rick Santorum, not a little bit. However, the charges that have been raised here are petty and, especially, day-to-day practice in Washington that he would probably be ostracised for NOT participating in. Does the writer have a list of politicians who are NOT guilty of these charges? Now that would be interesting reading!

    • frank verismo

      January 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      I don’t like Rick Santorum, not a little bit.

      I like him in the same way I like the Oort cloud or Klingon phrase books. I know they exist – I just don’t know why.

      Does the writer have a list of politicians who are NOT guilty of these charges? Now that would be interesting reading!

      Yep:
      1) Ron Paul

      Sorry it wasn’t a longer read.

    • egc52556

      January 7, 2012 at 3:45 am

      The difference is that Santorum promotes himself as a moral, religious candidate.

      So add hypocrite to his long list of sins.

  3. woody188

    January 5, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Santorum suggested during Katrina that people that ignored government warnings and did not evacuate should be punished. Talk about a nightmare for those concerned about our freedoms.

    • frank verismo

      January 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Talk about a nightmare for those concerned about our freedoms.

      Okay – let’s talk about a nightmare for those concerned about our freedoms.

      Here on good ol’ Earth, tyranny is the norm. Tyranny lite, as in benign dictatorships such as Lichtenstein (in the heart of Europe) or tyranny in-your-face as in Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Josef Stalin etc.

      But, for me, the nastiest, slimiest, most cowardly, venal and downright miserable is the lie that is ‘democracy’. Plato knew it. The Founding Fathers knew it. Anyone with an ounce of wisdom when it comes to governance knows it. It is a sham, a farce, an illusion, a carnival huckster’s sleight-of-hand dressed up in gaudy paint and fake pearls. It is the mother of slaves and whores.

      Why? Democracy captures your imagination even as she sells out your own interests. Her siren song will convince you you are the master of your own destiny even as you are towed towards the rocks.

      ‘Democracy’ will energize the rational, left brain with fine words while, at the same time, doing the nasty with the emotional right brain. The result? A nation at war with itself over an endless parade of non-issues while the promoters of ‘democracy’ laugh all the way to the World Bank. America is a constitutional republic – or she is nothing at all.

      P.S. – I know you get this, Woody. Was just in the mood for a rant!

      • griff

        January 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

        And a fine rant at that!

  4. Sandune

    January 5, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Ethical lapses seem to be part of the Conservative Republicans.

    There are exceptions with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney but the others have long lists of abusing others. I consider Bachmann abusive to gays. The single political male who has a clean slate is President Barak Obama.

    Remember the “C” Street Condo that was occupied by Christian Congressmen that was nothing but a whore house? Hal Brown and I both wrote about this terrible abuse of the taxpayers money.

  5. Carl Nemo **==

    January 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    One thing for sure, if the shadowy powerbrokers push Santorum down voters’ collective throats as the Republican nominee, President Obama is assured of a second term and the results won’t be close at the polls. It will be a slamdunk on Obama’s behalf.

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. Sandune

    January 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Carl, remember Senator Ensign from Nevada who was caught having a sexual arrangement with one of his aides? He tried to buy off her husband who also worked form him and Ensign was forced to resign. Well, it was Senator Santorum who warned him of his being caught and gave him a forewarning of what was going to happen. This from Mr. “Jesus is my guide” and I believe it was part of the “C” Street fiasco.

    These fools do not know right from wrong and believe they will be forgiven even when they break their vows to protect the Constitution. Lying and abusing their oath of office means nothing when they claim to be Christians.

    It is even worse when they run their campaigns as devout Christians. They do an injustice not just to America but to the decent Christians who support them.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 5, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      The bottomline is that ‘Government Sachs’ et al. corporate entities don’t want anyone honorable with a clean record at the helm. The fact they are corrupt to some degree means they can be even moreso corrupted in the future.

      They want a presidential puppet that will follow orders plain and simple. There’s no room at the top for iconoclasts that will somehow return us to any semblance of a representative based Constitutional Republic.

      Whether it’s Mitt, Rick or currently Barack Obama it’s these type of guys that fit the bill.

      America’s two party system has degenerated into a duopoly who’s elected reps are simply puppets while their services in office are purchased by lobbyist operatives who work for these aforementioned shadowy corporate powerbrokers.

      There’s no room for a Ron Paul in the presidency with his fierce adherence to Constitutional principles. To the ‘money guys’ Paul is a threat to the continued operation of their ‘crooked casino’ once the United States of America.

      Carl Nemo **==

    • frank verismo

      January 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      It is even worse when they run their campaigns as devout Christians. They do an injustice not just to America but to the decent Christians who support them.

      Those Christian atheists – you gotta love ‘em.

  7. Sandune

    January 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Good point Carl. The laws that govern the congress are certainly not the laws that we, the citizens, follow and just like the laws that should be enforced when it comes to handing money to the Congress to change their votes. There is no law forbidding the giving of money but when they change their bills and laws to make the businesses more profitable it should be the Congress who is punished. The people want to prosecute the corporations and they have broken no laws and until we prosecute the correct people, nothing will ever change.

    Ron Paul has taken no money for his backing of a single law but the rest of them make their living doing it.

    BTW, this election from New Hampshire should be interesting. My affiliation with the Free State Project lured thousands of Libertarians into the state. I hate to admit it but it brought a load of crime as well. People flooded into the state leaving unpaid bills behind them and children without child support. The IRS is flooded with New Hampshire people who owe millions of dollars. There was no way I would put my name on that group. There are many in prison for shooting and killing judges and the reputation of the state has some work to do to make it the state it once was. I cannot give you a link on this as it comes from a friend who has testified against them. Her life is now in jeopardy.

    Crime in America is a mess as people who have never broken the law are now furious with America and are reacting in hatred for our nation. It is the Government who has allowed this distention and only the voters can change it. Throwing out the Bastards is a good first step and then locating men and women of integrity will take time and effort. I suggested this 20 years ago but most Americans want a quick fix and it must be something we all research before we vote again. Men and Women of integrity must be more than simply Christians as that is no longer a good enough reason for honesty.

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 5, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      “Ron Paul has taken no money for his backing of a single law but the rest of them make their living doing it.” …extract from reply

      Which reminds me as to how CHB’s site editors focused on the fact that Congressman Paul hasn’t been successful in passing any legislation to speak of during his tenure in Congress.

      So too, it’s a testament as to how Congress functions; I.E., an endless supply of corporate ‘grease’ proferred to pass laws that benefit the same at the expense of the nation as a whole.

      How do we overcome this? Congress surely isn’t going to pass any law/s that jeopardizes its legislative style.

      Probably the only way is for the OWS (Occupy Wall Street) crowd et al. concerned citizens to summarily change their tactics and to endlessly and relentlessly picket the state offices of Congressmen and Senators nationwide who’ve demonstrated over time to initiate and pass the least friendly “We the People” legislation and never to relent while exposing these bottomfeeders for what they are.

      In addition the American people should make it a national tradition to never reelect any sitting politician regardless of their performance along with the ‘pork scraps’ pitched back to Mayberry, USA. We don’t need no stinkin’ term limits, but simply to make it so via the ballot box.

      Incumbency + Corporate ‘grease’ = Death to America

      Believe it…! : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  8. frank verismo

    January 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    America’s two party system has degenerated into a duopoly who’s elected reps are simply puppets while their services in office are purchased by lobbyist operatives who work for these aforementioned shadowy corporate powerbrokers.

    No doubt you know who wrote the following words, Carl:

    The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead the two parties should be almost identical, so the that American people can ‘throw the rascals out’ at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.

    I was going to bold parts of it, but then realized the entire quote should be bold!

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 6, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Thanks Frank for the Carroll Quigley quote. Interesting he was one of Bill Clinton’s favorite authors in addition to being Bill’s mentor, particularly his 1000 page tome “Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time” which outlines the manipulation of modern era governments by mega bankers and transgenerational deep pocket entities;I.E., “old wealth”, along with their bank-rolled ‘think tank’ cheerleaders.

      http://sovereignty.net/p/gov/stevenyates-2.html

      You might say Dr. Quigley was a conspiracy theorist, but adding more in depth spin to the construct of such.

      I think reading part two the supplied link “The Real Matrix” by Stephen Yates will help folks understand the Hegelian dialectic of the ‘two-party system’.

      I’ve likened our modern era societal paradigm to “The Matrix” in some of my posts to this site. The question is do we take the blue or red pill. Since most citizens enjoy the comfort and perceived ‘safety’ of the status quo, they’ll prefer the blue pill where psychonauts and seekers of freedom such as myself and others prefer the red. The concept of enjoying true freedom and liberty is both vital and dangerous. Why so, because it requires personal responsibility and ingenuity on the part of citizens in lieu of surrenduring such to the ‘nanny state’ and losing everything in the process. : |

      Carl Nemo **==

  9. Sandune

    January 6, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    Frank and Carl, my two new heroes, please realize that it is we the voters to put the bastards in office to start with. I don’t want this information to fill you with guilt so that you drink yourself into a coma. It always comes down to the voters casting their vote for a winner which is why Ron Paul never got a bill passed.

    Every 4 years I hope the voters will come up with a new slate for Congress so that Ron Paul might just find a friend in those holy halls of congress.

    BTW “Matrix” is a brand of shampoo so I had no idea what the hell you two were talking about. I’m culturally back in the days before cars were invented.

    They removed my posts under my own name so I will remain Sandune. Frank are you a musician or a wine maker?

    • Carl Nemo **==

      January 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Hi Ms. Price…

      Here’s a link to “The Matrix” a 1999 release. The sequels suck so to don’t waste your time renting them unless you enjoy endless special effects while “Neo” fights super human ‘regulators’ of a dystopian, illusory construct; I.E., a world that only exists in the minds of humans who’s chemical processes have been reduced to simply that of batteries useful to energizing the illusory matrix.

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/

      Seemingly the crazed NWO globalists that are now shaping the final stages of our “New World Order” construct think of us too as simply either ‘productive consumers’ or ‘useless eaters’ as in Henry Kissinger’s analysis concerning useful humans as to those that are disposable. Of course this is a psychopathia suffered by most elitists.

      *****

      “Some animals are more equal than others”…George Orwell, “Animal Farm”

      *****

      Carl Nemo **==

  10. Sandune

    January 7, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Thank you Mr. Nemo. Weren’t you the Captain of the Nautilus? See. I’m cool when it comes to a previous culture!!! My Matrix shampoo turned my hair gray! I dumped it and bought Clairol. Problem solved!