Wednesday, December 21, 2011
THICK AS THIEVES
Senator Jane Orie used her taxpayer funded office and staff for her re-election campaigns. Read the presentment here.
Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin used her taxpayer funded office and staff for her political campaigns going back twenty years. Read the presentment here.
What do the two have in common beyond their penchant for illegally using taxpayer funded resources and a family connection?
They use the same political consultant, former State Senate GOP political guru Mike Long. The man who received the single largest amount of legislative bonus money (Tribune Review 2/1/07) The man universally recognized for his political activism and for doing it while at work as a state senate employee. Read a few excerpts here. Oh, and the man gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett's supposedly four caucus investigation has yet to indict...mainly because not a single Senate staff person was subpoenaed by gubernatorial candidate Tom Corbett. (Tribune Review 9/13/11)
It is humorous to see how closely related the scandal plagued Orie family is to the one un-indicted person all of Harrisburg continues to scratch their heads over. Check it out for yourself -- here's Senator Orie paying LN Consulting for her primary campaign and here's the Senate Republican Campaign Committee paying LN Consulting for her general election mailings. Here's Justice Melvin paying Commonwealth Campaigns for her campaign efforts in 2009.
Is there anything wrong with these arrangements between the Ories and Long? We guess not.
Although, given that no one in the Democratic Party has questioned Corbett over his non-existent investigation of the Senate, it is incredible to see the handiwork of Long on behalf of the sisters, especially the aggressive nature of calling into question the motives of a prosecutor (and paid for by the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, no less). Hat tip to the blog North Pittsburgh Politics for posting this assortment of Long's work for Senator Orie calling Allegheny County District Attorney Steve Zappalla corrupt here, here and here.