Monday, June 6, 2011

Citizens for Hypocrisy in Washington

The daring indictment of two-time presidential candidate John Edwards has pitfalls at every turn for federal prosecutors . . . Government attorneys are relying on an untested legal theory to argue that money used to tangentially help a candidate — in this case, by keeping Edwards’ pregnant mistress private during his 2008 presidential run — should have been considered a campaign contribution. . . .

At the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which typically criticizes the Justice Department for not pursuing enough cases against public officials, executive director Melanie Sloan questioned why federal officials were spending resources on this one. She said it is unlikely prosecutors can prove that participants of the scheme intended for the money to aid Edwards’ candidacy, and Sloan said it was a stretch to argue that private plane flights provided to mistress Rielle Hunter should somehow be considered campaign contributions.

"Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington" is opposed to the prosecution of John Edwards?

I guess this self styled "ethics watchdog" is the same as every other lobbying group in Washington - - they defend their buddies when the chips are down.

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