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Millionaire Joe Lieberman, the number one recipient of defense industry lobbying money in the Senate who has never missed an opportunity to pimp their lucrative war, is criticizing Ned Lamont for owning $50,000 worth of stock in — Halliburton.

From the limited disclosure he had under the ‘Senate ethics’ that he has stock in ‘Halliburton,’ and he has stock in, more stock in some of the big oil companies.  That’s something for everybody to judge," says Joe Lieberman, (D) Connecticut.

That would be a crime?" asks Mark Davis.
"Oh no, this is just public right to know."

This would be the same Joe Lieberman who thought it was just hunky-dory that Dick Cheney got filthy, pig stinking rich off Halliburton during their 2000 reach-around debate:

LIEBERMAN: Dick Cheney must be one of the few people who think nothing has been accomplished in the last eight years. Promises were made and promises were kept. Has Al Gore — did Al Gore make promises in 1992? Absolutely. Did he deliver? Big time. Let me put it that way. That’s the record. Look at the 20 — look at the 22 million new jobs. Look at the 4 million new businesses. Look at the lower interest rates, low rate of inflation, high rate of growth. I think if you asked most people in America today that famous question that Ronald Reagan asked, "Are you better off today than you were eight years ago?" Most people would say yes. I’m pleased to see, Dick, from the newspapers that you’re better off than you were eight years ago, too.

CHENEY: I can tell you, Joe, the government had absolutely nothing to do with it. 

Watch Lieberman planting seeds about war with Iran above (thanks to CTBlogger).  Does it occur to anyone that people who want to rake Lamont over the coals and buy into this high hypocricy for the sake of "balance" are missing a much larger point? 

I don’t blame Lamont  — any information he releases will simply provide more fodder for distracting bullshit like this.  What votes did he cast that could have been effected by his private holdings?  Did some pot hole in Greenwitch get filled that otherwise wouldn’t?  ( As one commenter over at TPM Cafe said,  "News flash: Senatorial canditate is a capitalist! Can someone notify the Politbureau please?")

Meanwhile, Ned has released the list relevant to the topic at hand — the names of the donors to his political campaign.  Joe Lieberman has steadfastly refused to do so.  Joe Lieberman is a sitting US Senator who has cast votes that very well might have been influenced by folks on that list.  

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Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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