Feb 28, 2007

Rogers silent on tainted terrorist money

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood got some national mention on the Stakeholder, the official blog for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Online Editor Brandon English used a quote from our post about Mr. Rogers accepting money from a suspected and indicted terrorist financier. Rogers is one of 22 Republican lawmakers – and one of three Michigan lawmakers - who has taken money from suspected terrorist financer Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari.

Alishtari was indicted on terrorism charges last week, accused of transferring $152,000 to fund the purchase of equipment for use in a militant training camp in Afghanistan. He was charged with financing terrorism and with money laundering for accepting an unspecified payment to secretly transfer $152,000 for equipment including night-vision goggles in the second half of 2006.

According to the Boston Herald, from April 2002 until August 2004, Alishtari gave donations ranging from $500 to $5,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), according to Federal Election Commission reports and two campaign donor tracking Web sites, www.politicalmoneyline.com and www.opensecrets.org. Alishtari’s was named a National Republican Senatorial Committee ”Inner Circle Member for Life” in 2003.

Most people would expect the NRCC and the other Congressmen to give the money back or at least donated it to charity, but they refused and will not give back the blood money used to help kill U.S. Servicemen and Women. The silence from the Rogers camps has been deafening.

Rumor has it that Roger’s spokesperson is saying it’s really the Mike Rogers from Alabama that took the tainted money. We stand by our source, and if he can prove that’s the case we will do a retraction. At the very minimum Rogers should ask the NRCC to donate the money to charity.

The so-called “liberal media” strategy is alive and working just like it was designed some 40 years ago by Dick Nixon. This huge story has not had much coverage in the corporate media. The Republicans call anyone who disagrees with Bush’s failed Iraq policies a terrorist and appeaser, but they take money from an alleged terrorist financer and we barely hear a peep.

I guess if you just shut up and say nothing it will just be forgotten, and that strategy appears to be working very well for Rogers and the NRCC.

Why is that?

Could you imagine the hype from faux “news” and the corporate media if Alishtari had donated money to the Democrats? I can just see Sean Haity’s scrunched up face and little beady eyes calling Democrats traitors, terrorist sympathizers and murders.

Oh wait, he does that now.


Anonymous said...

You might be interested in this poll over at the DetNews, along with their article about L.O.V.E.'s efforts to ban books.

phikapbob said...

I sent the following e-mail to McCotter's office, since he is one of the three MI Repubs called out in this story:

Dear Congressman:

I am concerned about the recent discovery that an influential Republican donor has been indicted on suspected terrorism charges. This man, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari (aka Michael Mixon), was even a member of the NRCC's Business Advisory Group! Your name, as well as those of your colleagues Rogers and Knollenberg, has been listed as having received money from the committee since this man has made his contributions.

I think that it would be in the best interest of your constituents if the three of you were to return any recent contributions to the NRCC, and urge them not to wait until this man is or is not convicted to donate the money to charity. For you to be as adamant a supporter of the War on Terror as you are, I feel it would be hypocritical not to. This man, whether he is convicted or not, obviously has powerful friends in Congress, and any hint of impropriety in the way of trading favors and access for his contributions would be in direct opposition to the national interest.

Thank you.

You should do your best to get comments directly from Rogers on the matter.