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Lieberman Backs McCain, Gave to Biden

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Back on Super Tuesday, Capitol Briefing observed that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) appeared to be the only senator who had contributed campaign cash in the past to both John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). Seven months later, as Lieberman prepares to address the Republican National Convention tonight to aid his traveling buddy and near-running mate, McCain, the pattern of Lieberman's campaign donations hasn't gotten any easier to figure out.

Of course, Lieberman's Reuniting Our Country PAC sent $5,000 to McCain's PAC last December. But Lieberman has also helped the Democratic ticket, in a roundabout way: In July, the Connecticut senator cut a $5,000 check for the presidential campaign of Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.), likely to help erase his colleague's leftover debt. The contribution came weeks before Biden was picked to be Barack Obama's running mate but months after Biden's own presidential bid fizzled out.

July was a busy month for ROC PAC. Lieberman's committee also gave $5,000 apiece to Democratic Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Jack Reed (R.I.) and Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.), as well as Democratic Senate candidates Mark Udall (Colo.) and Mark Warner (Va.). This cycle, the PAC has also kicked in a total of $15,000 for three different state Democratic parties and $45,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Lieberman's Senate reelection account has given the DSCC another $100,000.

Lieberman hasn't given to a Republican since last year, when ROC PAC contributed to McCain as well as Maine Sen. Susan Collins.

But he has certainly been busy as a surrogate for McCain, doing events to sing the praises of the Arizonan around St. Paul this week and, tonight, delivering a prime-time speech and along with it bipartisan (nonpartisan? tripartisan?) credibility that money can't buy.

By Ben Pershing  |  September 2, 2008; 4:40 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Senate  
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Why isn't anyone going to call Leiberman out? He's a Republican is sheeps clothing, and I hope he gets booted from the Democrat's party when he runs again.

Posted by: Tom | September 2, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

If the Dems wind up with 55 or so Senators (enought to have a working majority, not close enough to the magic 60), watch them punish Loserman severely, if not kick him to the curb entirely.

Posted by: Spectator2 | September 2, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Um...folks, he's already out of the Democratic party - he's serving as an "Independent". He's a great person to be speaking at R Convention, though the above article is a bit worrying...

Posted by: janderson | September 2, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

interesting article on WPost today speaks of Biden speaking at Jewish community center in FLorida, saying that Israel is in a weaker position than 8 yrs ago and promising to remedy that....fair enough, Senator... now please give us the details of how the US will make Israel more secure., such as More US dollars for Israel; more US weapons and high tech equipment going to Israel; more US pressure on Iran, which is probably the #1 threat to Israel's continued existence as a state, nation and society due to threat of nuclear attack.... yes, Biden, don't just give a nice slogan, back it up with details!

Posted by: dave | September 2, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

too bad the Dem Big Tent can't support ideas and positions supported by Sen. Lieberman.... if the Dems do punish Lieberman for his work, they might as well PXss on the first amendment....which seems in line with Obama Thought, to crush all dissenting ideas./...

Posted by: dave | September 2, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is nothing more then an oppurtunistic thug, I hope Dems can grab atleast a 53 seat majority in the senate so they can kick this lying skunk out.

The people of Connecticut must be really stupid to elect this piece of trash.

Posted by: Lieberman_Sucks | September 2, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Enjoy the rest of your term, Senator Whinyman. Chances are it will be your last.

Posted by: binkynh | September 2, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama-Biden represent 4 more years of the Democratic do-nothing Congress. And now that inept government institution is trying to send two of its finest to the White House. A 9% favorability rating -- ouch. We gave the Dems a shot and they showed us what they can do -- which is apparently absolutely nothing. AND people think they stand for change? Too funny.

Posted by: PS | September 2, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the vile trash spoken by (I assume) Dem's right here. The Senator from Ct. caucuses with the Dem's and gives them their majority. He was kicked out by the party for not slavishly following the far left regarding Iraq - otherwise, he's as liberal as they come. I think it says a lot about Lieberman's fidelity to principle over party. We need less from the fascist left who preach all day long about diversity of ideas - until that diversity diverges from their own. I'm a proud, life-long Democrat, but that doesn't mean I'm a robot with no mind of my own.

Posted by: Andy | September 2, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse


Now, the truth is starting to come out about the reckless, cavalier, and dangerous decision made by McSame to place Sarah (knock 'em up) Palin on the ticket. If this is the type of decision making to be expected of McSame in the White House, then he is a very dangerous man indeed to even be considered for the presidency. Hopefully, the American people (this doesn't include mentally deranged social conservatives) will wake up and smell the coffee before it's too late. Obama/Biden 08!!!

Posted by: caliguy55 | September 2, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman is the epitomy of someone who cares about nothing but self-promotion. This was a guy whose own mother had to tell him to knock off his presidential run. By the way, all he ever advocates for is Israel this and Israel that. Is he a US Senator or a member of the Knesset posing as a Senator? Where do his true interests lie?

Posted by: Dennis | September 2, 2008 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Biden -- What a Great Choice!!! Yeah...still waiting to read that headline somewhere. It seems to me that the Democrats are a tad jealous that the Republican VP pick brought so much energy to the ticket, fired up the base, and will peel off some democrat soccer moms. All while the Biden announcement went over like a lead balloon. For me, the surprise pick was a "change" candidate picking a 30 year DC insider who votes right down the party line on everything.

Posted by: PS | September 2, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Some Dems and Republican dont trust Lieberman period.

Posted by: latinovoter | September 2, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Joe Liberman should be praised for his courage to stand up for what he believes in. People keep talking about McCain voting 90% of the time along the party lines of Bush, yet no one points out that Obama has voted 97% of the time along Democratic lines. While McCain made a tough but bold choice in choosing a slight unknown to be his VP, Obama took the candy-ass route and picked the worst choice he could have made. Not only does this this show he is not a change agent but he is someone afraid to make a tough c"change" choice. Paulin may have been the mayor of a small town and Governor of a small population but at least she has CEO experience. All Obama has is CEO of his office staff. Liberman is an outstanding individual and Senator and even though he votes 95% of the time along party lines at least he has the courage to give hi party the finger when tough choices count. BTW, Bush's approval ratings may be around 30% but his are still 300% higher then the Democratic house and Senate.

Posted by: Jim Seigler | September 2, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Lieberman is continuing to put his county above his party. He supports the best candidate regardless of party. His goal in the senate is to vote for issues that are in the best interest of our country, not party.
Thank you Joe Lieberman. It is too bad that there are not more politicians just like you.

Posted by: Alan | September 2, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse

In Effect, There Is Virtually No Candidate
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by Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

September 2, 2008

The inside information is, contrary to anything different that only foolish people might believe, both putative Presidential candidates are now doing nothing as much as losing the general election. The voters are panicked by the state of the economy, on which neither of the two has a clue, or is likely to ever discover a clue.

Unless Vice-President Cheney can start World War III very soon, in which case neither Obama or McCain would ever be President. The situation right now, is that the election could be called off, while the nation operates under an unelected "emergency government," for the duration of the presently onrushing global, economic breakdown-crisis.

The only leading issue on the electorate's mind is the plunging state of the U.S. and European economies, which means that Obama's constituency as November approaches, will be, basically, the serried ranks of some Buppies and Boomers, that is, if the chain is not pulled on Obama, as has been expected, by some time during September-October.

Meanwhile, Senator McCain's virtual breakdown in accepting the Governor of Alaska as a stand-in for the Senator Lieberman whom he really wanted, combined with the effect of several factors on the Obama candidacy, means, that, as of this moment, it is probable that neither will be a standing candidate come November. Gustav came as a welcome excuse for many Republicans' non- attendance at this week's opening of the nominating convention. Of course, nothing is certain, except chaos, unless we become lucky and get an option I would prefer.

British thuggery pushed Hillary out, but it also wrecked the Democratic Party's likelihood of winning the election.

The problem is not limited to the intellctual incompetence of the two Presidential candidates. In effect, letting the British (e.g., Rohatyn, Soros) steer muddleheaded Nancy Pelosi into virtually shutting down the U.S. Congress for most of the past two years, and eliminating the only leading pre-Presidential candidate who has shown the ability to think like an actual President, the U.S.A. does not have the prospect of an actually functioning, properly elected President assuming office come January.

It is the reigning Federal political system, in the Executive Branch, and the leadership of both branches of the Federal legislature, together with the leading press, which are responsible for the general breakdown of the Federal political system at this time.

I am not proposing that that will be the situation come November election-day. In a situation like the present global financial and strategic crisis, the candidates nominated by the time the Republican conventions ends, may not be candidates when election-day arrives. Past Labor Day, the fact of the incompetence of the present top leaders in the Congress, the candidates, and the major press, will have begun to kick in.

You can nominate a zero, but no sane person would ever believe for long, that it was actually our President. So, Gustav saved many leading Republicans from disgusting themselves by attending the Republican nominating convention. As things stand now, the name of the next President of the U.S.A. might turn out to have been "None of the Above."

As usual, when I am abroad for a few weeks, there has been a bit of an emotional breakdown in places such as Leesburg. Don't let that discourage you; it happens regularly, and we have always survived such fits by the usual suspects before. In the meantime, we shall continue to do our job, and pay little attention to the perenniel gaggle of silly gossips.

Many things are about to change, and that more or less profoundly, very, very soon.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 2, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Get over it. The Dems didn't vote for you for president. Your whiner, war monger mentality didn't help.

Posted by: Jeff | September 2, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I looooooooooove Lieberman. Those who says that he's a repub in disguise obviously is too partisan to even see that Lieberman is JUST STATING the FACTS!!

One wonderful thing I love about these older men that is McCain and Lieberman... they've been there done that... could careless about what the media think of them... as long as the people understand their honor and integrity.

Again... I Loooooooove Lieberman. All party affiliations aside... is a straight arrow. I liked him when he ran against the repubs... and I like him now. I could definitely vote for the McCain/Lieberman ticket.

Long live those who lives in truth and not hide.

Posted by: Kim | September 2, 2008 10:54 PM | Report abuse

lieberman is right on the money
america over party
PARTY is over-
america wants who's best and OBAMA has NO experience!!
no balls!!!!!
mcain - palin
and that's a dem telling ya

Posted by: ljoy | September 2, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

A Showdown in Alaska!

Palin revealed a recording of one phone call by her of staff, Frank Bailey. In that call, Bailey complained that there had been "absolutely no action for a year on this issue" and said that Palin and her husband were frustrated that Wooten was still a state trooper. Palin has also acknowledged that her administration had made more than 20 calls to the Department of Public Safety regarding his brother in law, Wooten. But said, at no time did I authorize any member of my staff to do so. "Wooten had nothing to do with Mohegan’s firing."

In July, 2008, the state Legislative Council -- a bipartisan group of lawmakers – chose a special counsel for the investigations. In addition, democrat Sen. Hollis French, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee was selected to oversee the investigations. Now (after being picked as VP), Palin challenges that the Legislative Council has no statutory mandate to investigate her. She says the matter should be in the hands of the Personnel Board, an independent agency composed of members appointed by her (the Governor). Also says she is too busy to be questioned on subject at this time. She prefers this to be done after November 4, 2008 elections. She does not want an October surprise.

Senator French said, if she does no comply, subpoena will be considered.

Posted by: dino | September 2, 2008 11:13 PM | Report abuse

So the Democrats allow the wacko Lieberman to keep his Chairmanship of the Homeland Security comittee in exchange for measily campaign contributions? Why else? Lieberman also likes associating with the Republicans that despise his Jewish religion as the killer of Christ. If he converted to evangilical Christian, Lieberman could find a home in the GOP.

Posted by: Rodney Lamprey | September 2, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Dick | September 3, 2008 12:34 AM | Report abuse

Joe Lieberman is the east end of a fat sow going west.

Posted by: THIS JUST IN | September 3, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

wow most of the bloggers are angry young men. You all certainly do not have girlfriends. What woman would want to date a guy whose soul is full of hatred - most likely full of evil. Lieberman represents the way the old Democratic party use to be like - respectful disagreement. The new demos are angry young men - much like the Taliban fanatics that have only anger in their heats.

Posted by: dianeg | September 3, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Isn't anyone interested in where in hell Lieberman is getting all this money that he's showering around? Here's a guy who couldn't even get the support of his party and who alienated a good many of them by sucking up to the Republicans, who in desperation opted to run on the Independent ticket and somehow miraculously, managed to get elected anyway. This whining clown has lots of money backing him up---the really important question is just who is feeding him money. Clue--could it be the country for which he has been a constant advocate? Why would a whiney coward be so desperate to keep America at war? Does Lieberman serve Israel's interests ahead of America's?
Where does Lieberman's money come from? Pershing's article would serve us better if he looked into the more important aspects of Lieberman's activities and connections.

Posted by: Doubtom | September 3, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

ummm .. good point - lets also follow the money for obama - such smaller amountsn that cannot be traced --- ummm . . was in dubai recently and found it most interesting to learn about many middle eastern ccontriutions - ummm ... dont know for sure but i do know this - saudi friends contributed. where might it end? ummm

Posted by: dianeg | September 3, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The republican convention looked more like the AARP convention. A sea of white hair...well of course we have the great Sarah Pilan to look to for some energy. A woman who doesn't believe in women's rights, who can "skin a moose with her bare hands" (a hunter...she must be full of compassion), and who came from the beauty pageant world (ahhh how cute). Turns out, experience was not really important to McCain, but hey the ads had to be about something. The old men and the young beauty queen....Washington is the new Hollywood.

Posted by: Andrea | September 3, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Re: Joe Lieberman
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck. 'Nuff said. He is a Republican. End of Story.

Posted by: RedRat | September 3, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

If Senator Lieberman has any loyalty, it isn't to Connecticut, or to the Democratic Party, or even to the United States. I think he imagines himself loyal to Israel, but his advocacy has probably been of value only to the Likudniks, specifically, and in distinction to the long-term interests of both the United States and (ironically) Israel itself.

Posted by: Iconoblaster | September 4, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

To don't know a person who tells it exactly like he thinks it is from a person who lies & panders his way to victory. ^The 1st, sir, is one to be respected for acting as he believes, the 2nd should be banished from the political scene... I am an admirer of Lieberman altho I do not support his views. I will, however, defend his right to state them.

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