Obama got big contribution from Richardson pay-for-play scandal figure

posted at 9:27 am on January 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

That “culture of corruption” keeps rearing its ugly head with Democrats.  One of the key figures in the pay-for-play scandal that derailed Bill Richardson’s appointment to Barack Obama’s Cabinet also has connections to Obama himself.  David Rubin did the “pay” part of the equation in September, coughing up $30,000 for the general election:

President-elect Barack Obama took big money from a man at the center of a federal probe that has forced one of Obama’s top Cabinet picks to withdraw.

Financial records show the Obama campaign got more than $30,000 from California financier David Rubin, the target of an investigation into donations and possible “pay-to-play” deals involving New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Obama’s pick for commerce secretary. …

In late September, Rubin attended an exclusive Los Angeles fundraiser for Obama, held at the Beverly Hills’ Greystone Mansion. Attendees gave tens of thousands of dollars which the campaign split between its own coffers, the Democratic National Committee and state-level campaign groups supporting Obama and Democratic candidates. The technique helps campaigns take in from individuals far more than the $2,300 maximum they are allowed to give to a single campaign fund.

Rubin’s money went to a joint Obama-DNC fund ($28,500), the DNC itself ($26,200), and to the Obama campaign ($2,300), according to the database of campaign donations at OpenSecrets.Org. News of the federal investigation into Rubin’s New Mexico dealings had broken less than three weeks earlier.

Hmmm.  They invited Rubin to give over $31,000 to Obama even though Democrats knew that Rubin faced a federal probe for bribery?  Overall, they took almost $60,000 from Rubin that night, three weeks after the investigation into his connections to Richardson and the municipal-bonds contracts was revealed. And that’s not Rubin’s first dance with the feds, either; he got raided in 2006 by Justice on suspicious business dealings between banks and governments, and for concerns about the high fees CDR charges.

One has to wonder what Rubin thought he was getting with the $57,800 he spent on dinner that night.  Pleasant company?  According to ABC, Rubin sat “one table away” from Leonardo DiCaprio and Chris Rock, so he didn’t get to converse with Hollywood stars directly.  Good food?  I’ve had some good dinners, but I wouldn’t pay fifty-eight grand for a car, let alone a steak (or Tofurkey).

Rubin claims he has done nothing wrong, and so far, he hasn’t even been indicted.  However, for a party that turned “culture of corruption” into a campaign theme in 2006, their courtship of Rubin looks as though they’ve decided to make it more of an internal policy.  If he gets indicted in New Mexico on pay-for-play charges, this little soiree will get more attention, specifically for what Rubin expected for his $57,800.


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Nothing to see here, move along…

brtex on January 7, 2009 at 9:30 AM

Two years ago, Nanny Nancy promised the “most ethical Congress evah”. I haven’t heard her renew that pledge. I wonder why?

jgapinoy on January 7, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Okay, I’ll say it:

“This is not the David Rubin that I knew!”

kingsjester on January 7, 2009 at 9:32 AM

If they solicited money from him after the news of the investigation broke that’s not good.

Mr. Bingley on January 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM

“Hey, I can’t be held accountable if people want to give me big contributions- it’s their right”

anniekc on January 7, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Obama should resign before he swears the presidential oath.

izoneguy on January 7, 2009 at 9:36 AM

What an unfortunate distraction for Obama.

Doughboy on January 7, 2009 at 9:38 AM

But that’s what friends are for?

But when it gets inconvienent, well as Capt. Ed said, the wheels of the bus go thump, thump, thump!

Mr. Joe on January 7, 2009 at 9:40 AM

I still want to see a list of “small donors” to Obama. When is that list going to be released. Based on the AVS fiasco, it would be interesting to find out how many illegal donations were made and what they added up to. Odds are the questionable donations would dwarf Rubin’s contributions.
Unfortunately, I doubt that list will ever be released.

batter on January 7, 2009 at 9:40 AM

I’m sure this will all die down by inauguration day. It’s good to get this corruption nonsense out in the open before Barry takes office. This way there will be nothing to distract him from being president.

Tommy_G on January 7, 2009 at 9:41 AM

ABC reported this? Hey, look! A flying pig!

This reminds me of one of the times Clinton was caught and asked about this and he said, “This is exactly why we need Campaign Finance Reform.” No irony there either.

perroviejo on January 7, 2009 at 9:41 AM

There are a large number of other donations to Democrats across the country reading like a who’s who in all the places his company operated and more.

Also it gets a little interesting finding them all because he donates under at least two entities at the same address per FEC records.

One is CDR Financial Products and another is Chambers Dunhill and Rubin which was a prior generation before they had significant issues with the SEC and rebranded the company.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 9:42 AM

One wonders what will happen to investigators of Obama-linked corruption after the One has been inaugurated.
A comeback to the Sedition Act?

Badger40 on January 7, 2009 at 9:44 AM

CNN will have to counter with 5 anti-Palin “stories”.

artist on January 7, 2009 at 9:44 AM

That’s $30K that we know about. How much did he contribute through Obama’s credit card anonymizer service?

MarkTheGreat on January 7, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Because they a little “D” behind their names all is ok.

grapeknutz on January 7, 2009 at 9:50 AM

These juicy tidbits just keep getting better and better. I can’t wait for the day when he is forced to stop using “the dog ate my homework” excuse,shrug his shoulders and flash the Hollywood smile. The nervous breakdown should follow shortly thereafter.

sherry on January 7, 2009 at 9:52 AM

You have to combine ,just for Obama, his donations directly to the Obama campaign, the Obama/DNC Joint Victory Fund and Possibly donations to the inauguration committee which this year are for the first time set up as a 501 3 (c) outside of the FEC area of control.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Richardson, like the major league baseball player he dreams he was, did what he had to do so for the team. He stuck the shiv in Hillary. His use is done.

Mr. Joe on January 7, 2009 at 9:53 AM

Come on give him a break , Obama would never have taken the money if he know he would get busted, this is a very divisive distraction.

Somewhere in Alaska forensic journalists have uncovered parts that may belong to an illegal tanning bed.

the_nile on January 7, 2009 at 9:53 AM

There is always Commissioner of Major League Baseball for Richardson.

Mr. Joe on January 7, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Via the FEC database he also has many donations to various Democrat Pacs recorded there.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 9:56 AM

“Mr. Bingley on January 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM”

yep — it appears these dudes are not only crooks, but STUPID ones at that!

/sigh

Buckaroo on January 7, 2009 at 9:56 AM

That bus needs a lift-kit.

thomasaur on January 7, 2009 at 9:59 AM

Where is Palin’s medical records of Trig’s birth?
That is what the public really wants to know…”Pay to Play” is not important, corruption in politics is not important, campaign contributions? Sour grapes….but Palin’s medical records, now that is one of national security…

right2bright on January 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM

You all do realize that it is impossible for democrats to be unethical, right? Whatever they do is for the good of the country, therefore whatever they do is ethical. Unless of course you are the governor of Illinois, that’s different.
/heavy sarc

It’s going to be a long 4 years

AZfederalist on January 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM

You all do realize that it is impossible for democrats to be unethical, right? Whatever they do is for the good of the country, therefore whatever they do is ethical. Unless of course you are the governor of Illinois, that’s different.
/heavy sarc

It’s going to be a long 4 years

AZfederalist on January 7, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Or racist or bigoted(or honest)

thomasaur on January 7, 2009 at 10:02 AM

Yeah, but … Palin’s daughter had a baby and Sarah has new shoes.

Jaibones on January 7, 2009 at 10:02 AM

If they solicited money from him after the news of the investigation broke that’s not good.

Mr. Bingley on January 7, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Why not. The Obama campaign had to get everything they could from him before he left for a Federally-sponsored holiday.

The Obama team may have to buy a new bus soon for transporting failed nominees and tainted donors. It comes with bars on the windows and uniformed guards. Lots of room under a new bus.

Yoop on January 7, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Yes, we can…

give a round of applause to ABC (and this local establishment) for reporting this soon-to-disappear down the memory hole item.

Pass the hope n change, please.

locomotivebreath1901 on January 7, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I just took a peek at some of his donations to State level races and it reads like every power broker you can think of in the Dem party from Governors to Mayors to tons of other senior government positions.

It is going to take a pretty good size spreadsheet to document all the places he has touched.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 10:08 AM

As the [liberal] woman said on Fox news this morning in response to this-
“These distractions are getting in the way of Obama’s inauguration and what should be a joyous and historic time”

Yep, we’re back to the Clinton era…

Skywise on January 7, 2009 at 10:09 AM

And this should be news to anyone? For crying out loud there have been questions about his donations from the get go but is anyone at all investigating this? I’m so sick and tired of “The One” already I just want to roll up under a rock for the next 4 years and then come out to see how much the world is devistated by the zombies who voted for this total inept individual.

lyfsatrip on January 7, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Everything about Obama, his friends and cronies, reminds us of the Clinton administration and how they put America up for sale to the highest bidder. Sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom, tea and crumpets with foreign fat cats, even missile technology was up for sale.

The ChiComs must be licking their chops. Again.

fogw on January 7, 2009 at 10:11 AM

As the [liberal] woman said on Fox news this morning in response to this-
“These distractions are getting in the way of Obama’s inauguration and what should be a joyous and historic time”

Yep, we’re back to the Clinton era…

Skywise on January 7, 2009 at 10:09 AM

We can’t have the truth casting a shadow over the ‘fairy tale’ now can we?

thomasaur on January 7, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Whatever makes the MSM news circuit is meant to distract attention from what should actually be exposed.

All those jumping under Obama’s bus figure those survival chances are better than waiting for assassination by his goon squads.

Richardson, meet thy doom alongside Blagojevich & Co. AS IF killing his disciples purges Obama of his own guilt.

maverick muse on January 7, 2009 at 10:13 AM

*wagging finger* “I did not have financial relations with that businessman, Mr. Rubin!”

Babino on January 7, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Just another quick look via the state level stuff and I have already linked him to at least 18 lobbiests in 4 different states.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 10:26 AM

perroviejo at 9:41 AM

Nice comment. Have you met John Galt? He is campaign finance reform’s finest offspring.

Mark30339 on January 7, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I am also already picking up donations done by employees of his firm and where they ended up.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 10:27 AM

I love the way that Obama keeps yapping about how he doesn’t take contributions from lobbyists blah blah blah, as if all the campaign contributions he got from everyone from “John Galt” to bundles of money packaged by Code Pink Activists to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to people like Rubin are a.o.k. in comparison.

Buy Danish on January 7, 2009 at 10:29 AM

So far I have him linked to AIG, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, several banks and multiple state government financial deals that is company worked.

Via his own website they have been in operation about 20 years and have turned over finance deals totaling in excess of 130 Billion dollars in of transactions.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I don’t know if you all heard, but with all these scandals, Obama had to get some upgrades done on his bus.

redshirt on January 7, 2009 at 10:34 AM

I’m sure this will all die down by inauguration day.

That implies it would have to rear-up first. Doubtful.

Here at HA you may get the truth, but you don’t get the news. That’s invented elsewhere.

JiangxiDad on January 7, 2009 at 10:35 AM

From just quick scanning the list of people he worked with here I almost wonder if this guy shared a Rolodex with Norman Hsu.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Our governor Ed Spendell is tied up with this guy, too.

David Rubin, head of CDR Financial Products Inc. of California, contributed $40,000 to Mr. Rendell’s political coffers between 2001 and 2005, campaign finance reports show. His company also has had $599,000 worth of no-bid contracts with the state since 2003, including a current one for $45,000, according to records released yesterday.

The governor’s office insists there is no relationship between the political contribution and the contract.

vermillionsky on January 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Thanks again for your hard work, buddy. How difficult is it going to be to find out Barry’s anonymous donors? I have this feeling Americans are not going to like some of the actual donors on that list.

kingsjester on January 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Captain Ed,

The MSM needs to be called out on this! These critters must be forced to at least attempt to do their jobs. I’m hoping that all bloggers, talk radio heads, & Fox News will call the prime time media out on this and back these POS up against a wall in front of the entire world!

Keemo on January 7, 2009 at 10:45 AM

BTW: How long have we been waiting for the “promised” Kerry military records?

How long have we been waiting for the “promised” Clinton donor list?

How long have we been waiting for the Dodd financing records?

How long will we wait for the Obama donor list?

The media is a joke!

Keemo on January 7, 2009 at 10:47 AM

My prediction is that by the time all this is over, Jack Abramoff is going to look like a piker in comparison.

First time I can a recall a Presidential administration in deep ethical problems before the filthy bastard even takes office and unlike the Clintons, this isn’t vague land deals it is sitting politicians selling influence for personal gain.

highhopes on January 7, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Worry not, Obama fans. The MSM will make sure that Teflon-O doesn’t have any of this stuck to him. There are more important news stories to cover – like some guy falling off a ski lift with his bits ‘n pieces hanging out.

Conservative_SAHM on January 7, 2009 at 10:55 AM

kingsjester on January 7, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Under FEC regulations..put down all drinks and heavy objects

50.00 and less donations don’t even have to be recorded

less than 200.00 total donations only have to be recorded at the campaign and only reported in the total dollars of under 200.00 combined donations in a line entry each month for reporting. Now if somebody sends or gives me ten under 50 buck cash donations which are not recorded you have a bit of a problem.

Donations over 200 combined are reported with 2300 for the primary limit and 2300 for the general.

The donations to the Obama/DNC Joint Victory Fund have an individual cap of 28,500.

Many have discussed the issue of turning off security for the credit card verification system, but another issue that has not gotten a lot of coverage is that if you dug into the source code for the Obama donations web page the electronic form they built crammed a bogus internet address into all the forms other than the actual IP address of the donor at the site.

Thus even if you donated from a scientific laboratory at the South Pole you would not have a audit trail back to where the donation physically was made.

So if I wanted to ‘beat the system’ I could send a shill an email with 20,000 newly minted card numbers for those pay as you go fillem up debit cards and say you have 35 bucks on each card , have at it. A simple software macro does the deed.

If you want to bogus out larger numbers to save time find a name of a registered dem voter who never ever has done a donation.

Create a credit card in their name and send a donation in for them in whatever amount you want since they are slacking off.

After all , unless you donated to a campaign and want the tax deduction why would you ever check the donation database.

Also imagine how many of those new ACORN voters registered did the ,per Joe B , patriotic thing and donated. Even if they didn’t even know it.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

The real irony here is BHO slides free on all the donations stuff since the FEC only does sanity checking and make sure the blanks are filled in type of checks.

To add insult to injury Johnny Mc has to foot a bill of over a couple million bucks to do a full audit since he accepted Federal Campaign funding.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 11:03 AM

So if I wanted to ‘beat the system’ I could send a shill an email with 20,000 newly minted card numbers for those pay as you go fillem up debit cards and say you have 35 bucks on each card , have at it. A simple software macro does the deed.
CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 10:59 AM

What if all of this credit crisis was caused by these shenanigans? Fake card numbers, don’t pay ’em off, etc…

Skywise on January 7, 2009 at 11:12 AM

Not enough dollar amounts for the donation related stuff to have done that , it could be lost in the round off error.

Remember this was the first Billion dollar President, when you combine all campaigns.

For BHO he broke 250,000 donors and a total north of 700 million dollars. Sure he had a lot of small donations per their press clippings but the big bucks still came in from the high rollers.

The whole FEC thing is just an honor system with some public disclosure. I can drive a freight train through all the loop holes while landing a 747 on either side.

There are also a major number of donations that were oddly dollars and cents amounts (285.47) for example. The only reasonable cause of that would be translation of currencies from foreign donations. Again totally having the audit trail broken because of insertion of the bogus IP address.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Imagine my surprise…

A long 4 years indeed… but the occasional indictment will help
break the monotony…

darkpixel on January 7, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Now do this as a mind check.

Reverse the field of play here and look up in the FEC just how little over the years BHO and Michelle have ever donated to campaigns for somebody else or even for BHO himself.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 11:24 AM

I do in depth analysis of this stuff for reasons I can’t go in to describing but just to give an example of the things I catch that raise eyebrows.

A low income area in a north western state in a small little town in the middle of no where.

In that town is a mobile home park with many year old single wide house trailers, as verified by phone book cross checks and a shot of the address from Google Earth and the MS Terra Sever as a backup.

A very low income rural and somewhat run down area , some would say it is a ‘trailer trash’ place.

But out of 27 trailers in the park there are 25 donations to the BHO/DNC Joint Victory fund in the amount of 28,500.00 each.

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Not enough dollar amounts for the donation related stuff to have done that , it could be lost in the round off error.
CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Yeah but it was worth a few seconds dream. ;)

Skywise on January 7, 2009 at 11:32 AM

That lump under the rug is getting awfully big….anyone willing to pull that rug back?

wildweasel on January 7, 2009 at 11:42 AM

A bit more on that trailer park.

I also verified the condition of the park,not just from the overhead satellite shot, but it just happens that Google street views also has photos of the trailer park itself that show the low value and semi run down conditions. The only vehicles parked at the trailers were at least 5 or 6 year old second hand looking vehicles.

More digging into the this location showed that the county tax rolls had all these private trailers parked in a rent a spot trailer park had an average tax roll value of under 12,000.00 and the images supported that valuation.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Switching a bit to the BHO donations for the Coronation ah inauguration.

The campaign said they would provide full disclosure of the donors on the PIC website. They did the first month but since then they converted it to a database and I have tried everything I can to access the data and it is just a no way event now.

They only have two short lists of bundlers and donors available now for access and no way to get to the full donor listings.

They did it right the first month per their promise and I downloaded to a spreadsheet the donations for that month.

It contained a listing of over 1700 donors with a total of 1,170,937.44 in donations.

That listing has since vanished from their website but they now claim a total donation count of over 25 million dollars and have no way I can find to download the list as they initially said they would always make available for access.

You can view the first month donation data online here at google docs.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Who will be the new Web Hubbels, McDougals and Vince Fosters who fall on the sword to preserve this odoriferous Democrat presidency?

whitetop on January 7, 2009 at 12:05 PM

There is always Commissioner of Major League Baseball for Richardson.

Mr. Joe on January 7, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Sorry. That’s Condi Rice’s gig if she can’t get the NFL commissioner job.

Mallard T. Drake on January 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I am an elections junkie from way back , all the way to the Eisenhower years.

I do full analysis of the post data from the elections.

When I am done I have a full database of the vote as far as the available data will let me go. That now allows me to get all the voter results all the way down to the precinct level for the entire country.

After reading a Chicago Trib article on the turnout there something immediately caught my eye.

The wards that are major Black wards in Chicago actually had lower turnout for this election than in prior elections.

Now considering the fact that the elections office figures showed major numbers of new voters for those same precincts it was hard to justify that the actual voter count and turnout was less than in prior years.

The precincts show drop off in turn out , but at the same time they showed a higher percentage of voters for BHO.

Those wards/precincts tend to block vote with near 90% historic trends but this year with even lower turnout the results were up in the 99% plus BHO range.

GWB in his last two elections pulled near 13% in Chicago and Mc pulled in about 11% this time around.

Now if you match up the prior elections data , precincts/wards where GWB pulled 10% or more of the vote ended up pulling vastly lower numbers for Mc.

There are 50 wards in Chicago and each ward contains about 50 or more precincts.

I will link the data below but what you need to notice is that in the major Black precincts their registration was up but total count and percent turnout were both down.

Prior year 90% voting blocks are now off the top of the scale.

There are entire wards of 50 or more precincts where Mc did not even break into double digits for the entire ward.

There are a number of wards for which BHO had 100% of the vote tally in multiple precincts. Zero votes for Mc or even a third party candidate.

Most of the heavy black areas despite lower turnout had BHO votes well above 98% or 99% in the results.

It is split into two spreadsheets due to size limitations on google docs.

First half

Second half

For me this set of results doesn’t even begin to pass the smell test.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 12:35 PM

Ed–I wouldn’t call $30K or even $60K “big money”. Mark Rich’s former wife, Denise, contributed between $250,000 and $500,000 to Clinton’s foundation. And the father of the New York real-estate developer whose pardon was withdrawn donated $28,500 to the Republican National Committee plus $6,900 to three individual campaigns. And I think it took something like $300K or more for a private meeting/dinner with George Bush.

I looks more like $500K is big money.

jim m on January 7, 2009 at 1:00 PM

But out of 27 trailers in the park there are 25 donations to the BHO/DNC Joint Victory fund in the amount of 28,500.00 each.

Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Wow. Alert the media. Oh wait! They won’t care.

Seriously though, shouldn’t you contact a media heavy weight of conservative bent with this info? It’s all very Norman Hsu…

As for your spreadsheets of voter turnout in Chicago – not sure that I get the point you’re making. Lower turnout, but high percentages for The One. Is there a reason why that can’t our shouldn’t happen?

Buy Danish on January 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Ed–I wouldn’t call $30K or even $60K “big money”. Mark Rich’s former wife, Denise, contributed between $250,000 and $500,000 to Clinton’s foundation. And the father of the New York real-estate developer whose pardon was withdrawn donated $28,500 to the Republican National Committee

I think someone who has $30K or $60K in disposable income to make a non-charitable cash gift to a political party (and the maximum contribution to a campaign) probably qualifies as “rich” according to VP-elect Biden’s definition of $150K/yr, don’t you?

Comparing donations from an individual who is subject to campaign finance limits to a tax-deductible gift (that may very well have been made as a multi-year pledge as is common in non-profit fundraising, for all we know) is apples and oranges.

I guess only money to Republicans is dirty.

What really gets my goat is that $100 donation from the restauranteur to the Yes on Prop 8 campaign. Now that’s something that needs scrutiny! /sarc

Y-not on January 7, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Buy Danish on January 7, 2009 at 1:03 PM

I need to add in another column or two on the spread sheets merging in the new voter registration status and historic election results for GWB,Kerry and Gore.

The short answer is it looks like there were about 180k new Black voters in Chicago which should have pushed total numbers up for this ‘historic election’ to new highs.

The actual lower vote count goes exactly 180 out from that expectation.

I would really like to see a full independent audit of the results to see if something like only black votes managed to survive the polling places.

I would also like to know if there was word on the street that this was an election only Blacks should show up for and it really would be in your best interest to have ‘other activities’ to occupy your time on that day.

If that turns out you end up with

More new Black voter + original Black voters – suppressed voters = election result.

The vote result percentages are already very suspect but if we have a nearly 100% black turnout in precincts that have voters that are 8 or 10% other ethnic groups then something is wrong.

The reported figure at the Chicago Elections office reflect that even with more Black voters total registered in the districts the ward turnouts were down by about 3% from prior elections.

I am not able to justify that with everybody there supposedly want to get out to vote for their ‘favorite son or homie’.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Just as an added bit here there were videos on YouTube of precinct monitors being denied access to some polling stations even with them presenting valid credentials as to their status.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 1:45 PM

Is anyone in public office awake anymore?

christene on January 7, 2009 at 2:20 PM

For the official results From the Chicago Board of Elections

2008 Presidential

2004 Presidential

2000 Presidential

Click on the ward number at the left column for precinct results.

2008 Registered voters

2008 Ballots cast

You can pick year of election and which contest via drop down menus at this page

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 2:45 PM

Press release before the general election

A total of 1,485,352 Chicagoans are registered to vote for the upcoming Nov. 4, 2008 Presidential General Election, an increase of 177,833 (13.60%) in the eight months since the Primary Election and the highest registration total for a presidential election since 1992.

Chicago Election Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal said the net increase in voters is most noteworthy because 83,360 (more than two-fifths) of the increase came only in the final week before the Oct. 7 registration deadline.

“This last-minute crush of registrations was nothing short of monumental. Chicago voters gave new meaning to the expression ‘better late than never,’” Neal said. “In all, we handled more than 100,000 forms and letters from that final week, because we also had more than 30,000 voters change and update their records.”

Yet Black ward/precinct voting was down.

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Y-not, we don’t know how much Rubin made a year.

What seems somewhat clear is that $35K gets you a withdrawn pardon, but $500K gets you a pardon that sticks.

FYI: Bush’s yearly fundraising dinner for Republican congressional candidates ion 2007 generated $15.4 million $27 million inb 2006 and $23 million in 2005 and 2004. That’s from just one dinner.

At the time of Bush’s reelection in November 2004, 661 people had become elite Bush contributors who raised at least $100,000 for Bush’s campaign in 2000 or 2004. In fact, 127 donors raised $100,000 or more for Bush twice–in 2000 and 2004.

McCain had 34,070 donors who gave $2300+ (49% of his contributions). Obama had 57,501 donors who gave $2,300+ (27% of his contributions). See http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/donordems.php?sortby=2.

That’s why $30K or $60K is small potatoes.

jim m on January 7, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Turnout lower than predicted

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Originally posted: November 5, 2008
Turnout lower than predicted

Posted by David Kidwell at 1:38 p.m.

Voter turnout throughout Chicago and its collar counties fell short of predictions by elections officials who expected to shatter records Tuesday. Their predictions ranged from 80 to 90 percent turnout. Not even close.

Some elections officials said the turnout was impressive anyway given that Illinois was never really in play for the presidential race. Here are the local unofficial turnout figures, not including straggler votes such as provisional and some late absentee ballots:

Chicago (with 97 % precincts counted): 1,037,540 votes case of 1,497,292 registered – 69.29 percent

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Sorry about the formatting error

CommentGuy on January 7, 2009 at 3:07 PM

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rob verdi on January 7, 2009 at 6:38 PM