For a man who claims to "take a personal interest in this war, and how it effects my fellow Americans", Lieberman seems fairly absent from war-time decision making and fairly pre-occupied with war-time money making:
Lieberman has missed many critical votes on Iraq, and continues to refuse to call for accountability by strongly supporting Bush’s failed policies which enrich defense contractors while not protecting our troops and making our country less safe from terrorism. He skipped one very close vote on legislation that would have stopped the President from moving funds meant for the Iraq War to other purposes without the approval of Congress. He even skipped a vote on legislation that would have asserted congressional oversight of war funds in the wake of massive corruption with the Administration’s no-bid contracts.
So what has Lieberman been up to in this time he describes himself as "a critical time for America"? Take a look:
Lieberman actually tried to claim back in July that Ned Lamont was “profiting from the war he claims to oppose” by holding some the defense industry stocks. It was yet another classic case of projection from a man who has based his entire campaign around it. According to the latest numbers available at the campaign finance tracking website Opensecrets.org, Lieberman remains the top recipient of Defense Industry funds of any Senator this cycle, having received $170,000 from that sector.
In the last year and a half alone, he has received more than $72,000 in corporate PAC contributions from the energy industry – that’s almost $1,000 in energy PAC contributions per week since 2005. Since 2000, he’s raked in more than $285,000 from the energy industry. This includes PAC contributions from, among others, Texaco, Conoco, British Petroleum and Occidental Petroleum. It also includes contributions from the natural gas industry that will benefit from Lieberman’s support of stripping Connecticut’s ability to regulate the construction of natural gas terminals in Long Island Sound. Specifically, Lieberman has received contributions from the American Gas Assocation, Consolidated Natural Gas and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. Meanwhile, Enron lobbyist Michael Lewan (also formerly Lieberman’s chief of staff and a top fundraiser for John Rowland) continues to hold K Street fundraisers for Lieberman in Washington, D.C. (Opensecrets.org)
Who are his friends?
You’ve probably heard about Mel. He’s the former finance director of the RNC, and currently the Chairman of Scooter Libby’s Defense Fund. (He also happens to be the founder of a juvenile rehabilitation center called “STRAGHT, Inc.” which has been the center of many disturbing claims of horrific torture and abuse of children).
Sembler hosted a big-money fundraiser for Joe on September 30th in St. Petersberg, FL. Guests contributed a minimum of $1,000, up to a maximum of $2,100, to the Lieberman campaign. About 100 guests attended. Which means Lieberman likely took in anywhere from $100,000-$200,000 from this one event with Sembler alone.
Tom Kuhn was George Bush’s roommate in college, and they have remained “close friends” ever since. He’s also a big-time energy industry lobbyist who has used his friendship with Bush to push hard for deregulation and stymie EPA efforts to cut pollution in national parks. He was a member of the Bush-Cheney 2000 transition team for the Energy Department. And way back in 1999, he wrote a letter to other big energy lobbyists making sure they would write their industry on their contributions so that they would be paid back in kind by the Administration.
Robert Novak reported Kuhn hosted a big-money D.C. fundraiser for Lieberman on Thursday, September 28th:
The luncheon’s sponsors pressed fellow Republican lobbyists to pay a minimum of $1,000 a ticket. Lieberman has announced he will stay in the Democratic caucus if re-elected.
Lieberman spokeswoman Tammy Sun told the Journal Inquirer that the September 28th big-energy fundraiser netted the Lieberman campaign a grand total of $400,000.
Another host of that September 28th fundraiser was “longtime Republican operative” and executive vice president of the American Gas Association, Rick Shelby. Rick who?
Rick Shelby is another energy industry friend of Bush-Cheney who won $1 billion in tax breaks for natural gas companies in the 2005 Bush-Cheney Energy Bill… that Lieberman voted for. He also co-hosted a huge fundraiser for Tom DeLay in 2005.
Just a little glimpse at the world of Joe Lieberman, an upstanding member of the Bush-Cheyney "Borderline Ethical Conduct" Fraternity.