Guilt by association, the Tea Party way
The people who run the Skylands Tea Party (and the Phoebus campaign committee) believe that they should determine the relationships of others. They believe that every elected official should come to them and that they should get to choose who they hire and fire. And maybe get a little finder's fee in the process perhaps?
But what about their relationships? Who is watching who they associate with?
The president of the Skylands Tea Party is a New York City lawyer who has, shall we say, a very interesting client list. Not quite as interesting (in terms of violence and malevolence) as that maintained by Gail Phoebus' lawyer and consultant, but interesting nonetheless. Here are the biographies of the Skylands president, and his partner:
On Monday we learned that the president of the Skylands Tea Party represented "feeder funds" connected with Bernie Madoff. Yep, Bernie Madoff. Remember him?
Bernard Lawrence "Bernie" Madoff (born April 29, 1938) is an American fraudster and a former stockbroker, investment advisor, and financier. He is the former non-executive chairman of the NASDAQ stock market, and the admitted operator of a Ponzi scheme that is considered the largest financial fraud in U.S. history... On March 12, 2009, Madoff pleaded guilty to 11 federal felonies and admitted to turning his wealth management business into a massive Ponzi scheme. The Madoff investment scandal defrauded thousands of investors of billions of dollars. Madoff said he began the Ponzi scheme in the early 1990s. However, federal investigators believe the fraud began as early as the mid-1980s and may have begun as far back as the 1970s. Those charged with recovering the missing money believe the investment operation may never have been legitimate. The amount missing from client accounts, including fabricated gains, was almost $65 billion. The Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) trustee estimated actual losses to investors of $18 billion. On June 29, 2009, Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison, the maximum allowed.
Now we learn that his law partner -- the man he freely chose to form a business with -- is a major supporter of liberal politicians, beginning with Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Take a look at some of the liberal Democrats the other half of this two-member law firm supports:
Why isn't the Skylands Tea Party questioning the relationships of its own president? Before suggesting that they should get to determine who other people hire and fire, they need to do some house cleaning of their own.