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MZM’s Republican AND DEMOCRATIC Congressmen

I’m working my way through this November 2005 affidavit relating to the Cunningham scandal (hat tip Kentucky Jelly). But this paragraph and footnote jumped out at me, especially in light of Democratic refusal to declassify the complete report on Cunningham’s House Intelligence Committee contracting.

On a page entitled "Election Impact on Congressional Mandates," Wade listed a number of politicians, starting with Cunningham, all of whom won reelection in November 2002. Wade
commented at the bottom of the slide: "Election enhanced MZM, Inc. . . . Thus CIFA Position." On a page entitled ‘Benefits to CIFA from Congressional Mandates Initiative Support," Wade trumpeted as one item: ‘Delivery of over $6?.62M in the last three fiscal years over budget — no other entity within the CIFA family has accomplished this task."

[footnote] The Members of Congress listed by Wade are: Congressmen Randy Cunningham, Tom DeLay, Denny Hastert, Duncan Hunter, [Jerry] Lewis, Allan Mollohan, John Murtha, David Weldon and Bill Young, and Senators Robert Byrd, Larry Craig, Robert Dole; Orin Hatch, Daniel Inouye, Trent Lott, Jay Rockefeller and Richard Shelby.

This isn’t all that big a surprise. After all, both Murtha and Mollohan appear on lists of the most corrupt Congressmen. Byrd is the kind of pork. Jay Rockefeller, with his less-than-stellar leadership on the SSCI, is cause for concern.

Still, this is for MZM’s CIFA work, some of the most troubling of Wade’s bribe-induced contracts because they involve spying on the American people. If Democrats are party to that (witting or not), it might explain why some obvious problems with it seem to fall through the cracks

Update: One funny thing about this list? Wade wrote this list in 2002. Bob Dole, of course, was no longer in the Senate. But his wife, Liddy Dole, was elected to the Senate in 2002. Does having one’s wife get elected to the Senate six years after you retire from it–get elected from an entirely different state–count as "re-election"? Those of you from North Carolina might want to call Senator Dole and ask her who is in charge, she or her husband.

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Marcy Wheeler aka Emptywheel is an American journalist whose reporting specializes in security and civil liberties.