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Quickie: FBI, DoJ to investigate AZ GOP Senate candidate Jeff Flake over robocall

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Today's Quickie:

AZ Capitol Times is subscription only so I don't have access, but someone sent me the article:

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice are preparing to open an investigation into Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Flake after a robocall paid for by his campaign directed some Democrats to the wrong polling locations. 

One Scottsdale Democrat said that he'd voted several times at one location, but the call directed him to vote at another one two miles away.

As you can see from the screen grab above, he was featured in a documentary called "How Democracy Works Now." He should have paid more attention.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

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Federal grand jury probes campaign fundraising in GOP Rep. Micahel Grimm’s 2010 campaign

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Above is a video of Rep. Michael Grimm calling for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. That would be the same Affordable Care Act that has already helped so many people even before it fully goes into effect in 2014.

Below is a report from the New York Daily News about a federal grand jury that is looking into allegations of campaign finance violations during Grimm's 2010 campaign:

A federal Brooklyn grand jury is probing alleged fundraising shenanigans in freshman Congressman Michael Grimm’s 2010 campaign, the Daily News has learned.

The FBI's public corruption unit has interviewed at least four campaign workers investigating allegations that the Staten Island Republican accepted illegal campaign contributions, law enforcement sources said.

At least two of those workers have received subpoenas to testify before a grand jury, but both volunteered to answer questions.... Grimm, himself a former FBI agent, has denied any wrongdoing.

Another day, another GOP scandal.

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"Arpaio is a menace and should be removed from office as soon as possible." And about that "influx of illegal immigrants..."

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Today's L.A. Times letters to the editor, Part 2, because our voices matter:

Re "Federal officials sue Arizona lawman," May 11

I can only hope that this lawsuit is the beginning of the end of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The man has no business in law enforcement.

He has demonstrated time and again his bias against nonwhites. Under his questionable leadership the sheriff's department has engaged in numerous instances of racial profiling, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He has gone on record to align himself with the "birther" movement, whose members cannot accept the fact that a black man is in the White House. There is simply no other logical explanation for their position, no matter how much they deny it.

Arpaio is a menace and should be removed from office as soon as possible. He has become a national embarrassment.

Scott W. Hughes

Simi Valley

Then there was this letter:

I hope that Arpaio will counter-sue the federal government for not policing our borders against the tremendous influx of illegal immigrants that is slowly but surely bringing our country to economic ruin by balkanizing our society into multiple factions.

Maurice Aker

Huntington Beach

That one was surprising, considering Mr. Aker is clearly an L.A. Times reader, yet he is woefully misinformed. He must have missed this article from less than a month ago:

The number of Mexican migrants to the United States dropped significantly while the number of those returning home increased, bringing net migration from Mexico to a statistical standstill, according to a report published Monday.

The shift over the last several years marks a significant change after four decades of historic immigration from Mexico, according to the report by the Pew Hispanic Center.

“The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill,” the report says.

And this is why we have close elections.

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Federal authorities open investigation into Wisconsin activities of Herman Cain's chain-smoking pal, Mark Block

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Hey, remember Mark Block? The chain smoker in that weird Herman Cain campaign ad?

The reason I used the Letterman clip is that when I looked for a YouTube of the original ad, I got this message:

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I guess they weren't expecting their ad to be used as fodder for so many satirists and the inevitable onslaught of snarkitude, which speaks volumes about their judgment skills. What did they expect? So, thank you David Letterman.

Now where was I? Oh yes, Mark Block. You know what they say...

... Where there's smoke...

Via JSOnline:

Federal authorities have opened an investigation into two Wisconsin-based corporations founded and run by Mark Block, a veteran political operative who ran Herman Cain's unsuccessful presidential campaign.

"They are very interested in Mark and these groups," said a source familiar with the probe. "It is not my sense, right now, that Cain is a target."

In recent weeks, FBI agents have been talking to donors and other individuals connected with Prosperity USA and Wisconsin Prosperity Network. Block and Linda Hansen, Cain's deputy chief of staff, were the two primary people running those groups. [...]

... Block ran the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit cofounded by the conservative Koch brothers that helped organize the tea party movement in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

Between Block and Cain, their "family values" have pretty much gone right down the drain.

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Why I love my state: California calls $25-billion mortgage settlement "inadequate"

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I am so grateful to live in a state that isn't completely bonkers. Emphasis on completely. Los Angeles excluded (Yes, I'm from L.A.).

Remind me to send Kamala Harris a thank you card.

Via the L.A. Times:

Calif. Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris' office has called a proposed $25-billion settlement with the nation’s mortgage industry “inadequate.”

"We've reviewed the details of the latest settlement proposal from the banks, and we believe it is inadequate for California,” Shum Preston, a spokesman for Harris, said in a statement. “Our state has been clear about what any multistate settlement must contain: transparency, relief going to the most distressed homeowners and meaningful enforcement that ensures accountability.  At this point, this deal does not suffice for California." [...]

Schneiderman was appointed Tuesday by President Obama as co-chairman of a new investigative effort that will try to coordinate existing federal and state probes into mortgage practices before the financial crisis. Schneiderman promised Wednesday to move aggressively.

A spokesman for Schneiderman said in a statement that the New York attorney general would not sign onto a foreclosure settlement that would limit his ability to carry out investigations of the mortgage crisis.

A thorough investigation is a must, and even $25 billion is, indeed, inadequate.

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VIDEO: Quarter-Billion-Dollar Mitt Romney avoids U.S tax by using offshore bank accounts

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 Willard Romney, you are finally being vetted by the big bad librul media.

Also the FBI is investigating Bain Capital About two weeks ago, the FBI evoked FOIA exemption 7(a) and denied access to all Bain Capital records on the grounds that "there is a pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding relevant to these responsive records; and that release of the information contained in these responsive records could reasonably be expected to interfere with the enforcement proceedings."

FBI Response to FOIA Re: Bain Capital-

http://www.scribd.com/doc/77201586/FBI-Response-to-FOIA-Re-Bain-Capital

From http://historyanarchy.blogspot.com/2012/01/is-fbi-going-after-bain-capital.html

Some have asked in response to other FBI FOIA request related postings on this site whether the FBI is required to release files related to an open investigation. As this response shows, the answer to that question is no. However, the response also shows that the FBI is required to acknowledge their existence. The only time Bureau is allowed to claim a no records response is during an active investigation in which acknowledgment of responsive records would compromise it.

H/t: @JoeWo

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Jon Huntsman: Federal officials must investigate Big Oil "monopoly"

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Hey Jon, good idea! While you're at it, can they investigate BushCo?

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman says federal officials must investigate what he calls a monopoly in the oil industry.

Good luck with that, because, see, that would be "looking backward, not forward", since every crime, every deed and/or misdeed, happened in the past.

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