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If Hannity Is Olbermann’s Worst Person for His Stanford Ads, What About Obama for Receiving Stanford’s Funds?

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Keith Olbermann took Sean Hannity to task as his worst person in the world tonight on “Countdown with Keitgh Olbermann” for running ads on his radio show for Stanford Financial Group, Allen Stanford’s firm. He’s the Texas billionaire who is charged in connection with an estimated $8 billion fraud.

Stanford certainly was bipartisan. He gave $28,000 to the McCain campaign. The McCain office has said it will give the money to charity. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) was the single biggest recipient of Stanford contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. He received $47,000 from Stanford.

The center also reports other recipients:

Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), who served prison time for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, received $28,200 (this includes contributions to Ney’s candidate committee and leadership PAC). Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who reportedly flew on Stanford’s jet, collected $20,100 from the company between the 2000 and 2006 election cycles.

In addition, since 2000, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee received $965,500; Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee received $202,000; the National Republican Congressional Committee received $250,125; and the National Republican Senatorial Committee received $133,345.

But the biggest name on the list is President Barack Obama, who received $31,750. Obama, too, has said the money will go to charity. The center says that Obama ranks third among individual lawmakers, having collected the money from the company’s employees during his 2008 presidential bid, including $4,600 from Allen Stanford, the firm’s leader.

So, if Hannity is the worst person in the world for being a pitchman, where does that put the president? Didn’t he campaign on a platform of changing the way lobbyists and politicians work? Is this the change so many people voted for?

Well, how about change in the way we make social commentary? This is a scandal that will cross party lines. Any commentator who uses it as a springboard to attack his political opponents is taking a cheap shot, and that’s exactly what this country does not need right now.

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Written by newscycle

February 19, 2009 at 11:30 pm

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  1. Because Sean Hannity has never, ever taken a cheap shot at his political opponents.*rolls eyes*

    ike!

    February 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm


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