March 8, 2009

Rachel talks to WBAL reporter Jayne Miller about "drill baby drill" Michael Steele's 2006 campaign spending. Miller's report can be found here: I-Team Questions 2006 Campaign Expenditures. From the article:

The FBI is currently investigating possible fraud because a former Steele campaign official claimed no work was performed for the payments made by the campaign to a company controlled by Steele's sister. Steele has denied the charge.


The firm's Web site said it was in the business of trading commodities, such as minerals, metals, coffee and sugar. But the campaign payments it received, according to the candidates' accounting, were for a wide range of other activities, according to campaign filings.


The spokesman said the money might have been used to pay for six busloads of poll workers on Election Day in 2006. The buses carried several hundred black men from Philadelphia -- many of whom were homeless -- as part of a strategy to attract black support that was denounced at the time by Democrats as deceptive.

TPMMuckraker covered the bussing in of the homeless men in their article MD GOP Candidate Recruits Homeless to Pass Out Deceptive Flyers. Between this and calls for his resignation already I'm wondering how much longer Steele will last at the post.

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