Thursday, February 05, 2004
There's a term for this sort of thing: And ... let me see ... yes ... here it is ... it's hypocrisy. Democrat presidential hopeful John Kerry has been attacking the Bush administration for being beholden to special interests when *gasp* he has too!
WASHINGTON - A Senate colleague was trying to close a loophole that allowed a major insurer to divert millions of federal dollars from the nation's most expensive construction project. John Kerry (news - web sites) stepped in and blocked the legislation.
Over the next two years, the insurer, American International Group, paid Kerry's way on a trip to Vermont and donated at least $30,000 to a tax-exempt group Kerry used to set up his presidential campaign. Company executives donated $18,000 to his Senate and presidential campaigns.
Were the two connected? Kerry says not.
But to some government watchdogs, the tale of the Massachusetts senator's 2000 intervention, detailed in documents obtained by The Associated Press, is a textbook case of the special interest politicking that Kerry rails against on the presidential trail.
"The idea that Kerry has not helped or benefited from a specific special interest, which he has said, is utterly absurd," said Charles Lewis, head of the Center for Public Integrity that just published a book on political donations to the presidential candidates.
Kerry's riding high in the polls now with his numerous victories, but he isn't a knight in shining armor for the Democrat party. He's got plenty of flaws, and, as they are exposed, he will come back down to Earth.