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2004 Bush campaign funding scandal in Ohio was suppressed

Today in Salon Bill Frogameni has an article about a campaign financing scandal that could have eroded Ohio voters' support for Bush and cost him the election. There was just one problem--the reporter who uncovered it was a Republican. He claims he told his editors; his editors claim they never heard a word about it.

From the article:

Of course, no one can say for sure whether Ohio voters would have cast their ballots differently if they had known about allegations that Bush's campaign boss in Toledo was hijacking money from the state to keep the campaign humming. But native Ohioan John Robinson Block, publisher and editor in chief of the Blade, which endorsed Kerry, thinks it's a strong possibility. Had the "Coingate" scandal blown up before the election, Block says, "most Republicans I know agree that Kerry would have won Ohio and won the presidency." Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat whose district includes Toledo, feels the same. "I think it would have tipped the election," she says.

In how many ways has Bush hijacked this nation?

1201 days of the Bush presidency remaining...

Meanwhile Rove is testifying again before the grand jury regarding Valerie Plame's identity as a CIA operative being leaked--and this time he's been informed that the prosecutor can't guarantee that he won't be charged. Tim Grieve has the details:

But what's clear, either way, is that Rove himself is now at risk of prosecution. According to the AP, Fitzgerald has sent Rove's legal team a letter in connection with his upcoming testimony in which the prosecutor says he can't guarantee that Rove won't be charged with a crime. The U.S. Attorneys Manual requires federal prosecutors to issue such a warning before anyone they consider a a "target" or a "subject" of an investigation appears before a grand jury. As the manual explains, "target" is "a person as to whom the prosecutor or the grand jury has substantial evidence linking him or her to the commission of a crime and who, in the judgment of the prosecutor, is a putative defendant." A "subject" is "a person whose conduct is within the scope of the grand jury's investigation."

So is Rove a "target" or at least a "subject" now? We don't know for sure, but the fact that Fitzgerald felt compelled to give him a warning suggests that he might be.

We live in interesting times indeed.
Tags: bush, campaign finance, plamegate, politics, rove

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