March 16, 2007


Rudy Giuliani's Law Firm Lobbying in Texas for Venezuela-Owned Citgo (AP, March 15, 2007)

Rudy Giuliani's law firm has received $100,000 to $200,000 since 2005 to lobby Texas legislators on behalf of Citgo Petroleum Corp., a Houston-based oil company ultimately controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2007 6:14 PM

The fault is not with the lobbyists or Chavez, the fault is with the law makers who acquiesce to the lobbyists' lobbying. But in mistakes-were-made, bribes-were-taken Washington, the law makers are always blameless. Those who took bribes (campaign contributions) only have to return the bribes when they are found out. In the real world, those who took bribes are sent to jail. The lobbyists are paid to seek advantage for their clients, whoever they are. Law makers are elected to advance the interest of the people they represent. The lobbyists are doing their job, our so-called representatives are not.

Posted by: ic at March 16, 2007 8:16 PM

Whare does the fault lie?

Posted by: Dave W at March 16, 2007 8:30 PM

Sorry about the repeat posting. I kept having "internet explorer error" saying that the site was not found. So I tried again. Sorry.

The fault lies with our dishonest and greedy law makers whose goals are to remain in power and to enrich themselves. Check out where Fienstein's husband's money comes from, Reid's son's fortune, Pelosi's, ... Republicans are the greedy ones, they are honest about their greediness. Dems are supposed to be doing things for the people, thus we mind they profit more than the people do.

Posted by: ic at March 16, 2007 8:52 PM

Yes, he didn't blow up the WTC, however he has more than a few ties to parties that have. A sleeper agent of the Banda Roja terrorists, till he immerged in '92, he had powerful allies: According to some accounts by former members
of the DISIP,Venezuelan secret service, he
was supported by Iraqi and Libyan Mukharabat
elements, according to others, he conducted
a long tour of the future axis of evil countries,
in 2000-2001, with Fidel, 'urging that American
be humbled' This was in Iran, one of the cross
ways that the hijackers used to get to the States. He has ties to Hezbollah, Hamas, and
a dozen other paramilitary organizations.

Posted by: narciso at March 16, 2007 10:37 PM

Chavez is a friend to America's working poor, so he can't be all that bad...right?

Posted by: Dave W at March 17, 2007 1:49 PM

I wondered how long it would take OJ to post on this.

Remember, Rudy turned down $10 million from a Saudi sheikh. McCain couldn't help himself when Charles Keating came calling. And Hillary's vacuum is always open when there's loose money laying around. Al Gore and Bill Clinton took loads of money from the Chinese and the Indonesians. And on and on.

Posted by: ratbert at March 17, 2007 3:36 PM

Slightly OT - caught the Barbara Walters interview of Chavez on 20/20 last night. What a pathetic inteview as she tossed softball after softball to him and encouraged him to bash Bush. The most fascinating part of the interview for her was that he drank 20+ cups of coffee a day. John Stossel, barely containing his derision for Barbara, responded that the 20+ cups of coffee "would explain a lot"

Posted by: AWW at March 17, 2007 3:59 PM

Would have taken the sheik's money if it was a paycheck.

Posted by: oj at March 17, 2007 9:02 PM