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Rachel Maddow & Ed Markey Discuss Lobbyist Fraudsters

Monday, November 02, 2009

By Jason Kinkins
The Huffington Post

On last night's Rachel Maddow Show, she focused attention on two lobbying firms that have recently taken a turn in the baleful eye of the spotlight: shady, letter-forging Bonner and Associates, and the clean-coal mavens at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity -- whose CEO perjured himself while offering testimony before the House Energy Independence and Global Warming Committee. Keep in mind, it would not be right to refer to anybody from either of these organizations as a "K Street whore" -- Bonner is headquartered at 17th and L, and ACCCE is in Alexandria. Got to get this stuff right.

Maddow was joined by Congressman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) to discuss the goings on. The good news, obviously, is that Bonner's fraud did not founder any legislation. The bad news is that anyone who thirsts for accountability is likely to be disappointed:
MADDOW: Is defrauding congress a prosecutable offense? What can happen to the Coal Coalition, to the subcontractor, to Bonner and Associates for having done this?

MARKEY: Well, I don't know that, but my own feeling is that I do have a responsibility to ensure that there is a spotlight placed upon this legislation because now the senate is taking up the counterpart legislation to Waxman-Markey and that is the Kerry-Boxer bill. And I want to make sure that this is a debate that takes place on the facts. The planet is running a fever. There are no emergency rooms for planets, and we have to take action in order to give global leadership, create the green jobs and back out the imported oil, and we won't be able to do that if we have a fraud perpetrated on the senate the way it was in the House, because that vote in the Senate is going to be very close.
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