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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Republicans Shower Greens With Gold

TPM Muckraker has the story about a Green Party Candidate taking donations from Republican supporters of Rick Santorum:

Halliburton lobbyist giving money to the Green Party?

That's right, folks, you have now officially heard everything: A $1,000 donation to a local Pennsyslvania Green Party chapter came from Bill Wichterman, a senior lobbyist at Washington, D.C.'s Covington & Burling. Wichterman, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), now lobbies for such corporate behemoths as Halliburton, Chevron and Unisys.

A Green Party candidate in the Pennsylvania Senate race can't win -- even if he's well-funded. In fact, it might even throw the race to the Republican incumbent, Sen. Rick Santorum. But that hasn't deterred Wichterman and other GOP power players from quietly supporting their secret dream: to see a Green Party senator emerge from the Pennyslvania hills.

The Zimmerman trial also illustrates how eager some Green Party candidates are for Republican cash. On one tape, Zimmermann tells Gary Carlson, a developer and FBI informant that he's disapointed that Carlson didn't invite Zimmermann to a fundraiser for Norm Coleman:

Carlson replied by saying he didn’t think Zimmermann [as a Green] would want to attend a Republican fundraiser. Zimmermann responded by saying, “Liberals, Greens, Democrats, Republicans…it’s all money.” (Minneapolis Confidential)

In Greek mythology, Zeus impregnated Danae, the daughter of the King of Argos by transforming himself into a shower of gold.

The name of Republican Gary Carlson's development company is Danna Inc.

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Above: Danäe and the Shower of Gold by Leon-Francois Comerre (Litmuse)