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Friday, March 09, 2007

Mayor RT Rybak; "Investigated by the Bush Justice Department".... WTF?

UPDATE: Mayor's aide says Cragan and Shields study is "innacurate" and Mayor Rybak has not been investigated.


I've been following the excellent coverage of the Congressional hearings into the Justice Department's purge of US Attorneys at TPM Muckraker.

TPM Muckraker links to a site called ePluribus Media

I downloaded their PDF titled -- "Table 3. Only Local Public Elected Officials (Non-Congress and Non State-Wide) Investigated by the Bush Justice Department Identified by Political Party Affiliation 2001 thru 2006"

Minneapolis Mayor Rybak is listed on page 4 after G. Dean Zimmermann and before Brian Heron with this note; "Political corruption investigation". The date on the list is 09-09-05... the same date that Zimmermann's home was searched.

Anybody know what this is about?

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The Times' Paul Krugman copied in the Welcome to Pottersville blog:

Donald Shields and John Cragan, two professors of communication, have compiled a database of investigations and/or indictments of candidates and elected officials by U.S. attorneys since the Bush administration came to power. Of the 375 cases they identified, 10 involved independents, 67 involved Republicans, and 298 involved Democrats. The main source of this partisan tilt was a huge disparity in investigations of local politicians, in which Democrats were seven times as likely as Republicans to face Justice Department scrutiny.

How can this have been happening without a national uproar? The authors explain: “We believe that this tremendous disparity is politically motivated and it occurs because the local (non-statewide and non-Congressional) investigations occur under the radar of a diligent national press. Each instance is treated by a local beat reporter as an isolated case that is only of local interest.”