Bloggers aren’t the only ones in pajamas

posted at 9:32 am on March 17, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

For bloggers, pajamas have become the default dress code, an inside joke adopted after CNN’s Jonathan Klein tried to dismiss us as irrelevant for supposedly working in them.  For the stylish young corruptocrat, though, pajamas make for a comfy getaway strategy.  Prosecutors revealed in a bond hearing yesterday that Yusuf Acar, the man at the center of a bribery and corruption scandal at DC’s Office of the CTO, stashed thousands in his PJs just before his arrest:

A D.C. technology manager accused of operating a complex bribery and kickback scheme had more than $4,500 inside pajamas he was wearing when he was arrested last week, and he told an informant that he had given $100,000 in cash to his mother to take back to his native Turkey, federal prosecutors said.

Prosecutors disclosed the details in a court filing yesterday that urged a federal judge to keep Yusuf Acar, 40, in jail. They said they are concerned that he might flee if released before his trial.

Acar “has the motive, skills and wherewithal to flee and thrive on the lam,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Thomas Hibarger and Glenn S. Leon wrote.

Acar is accused of using his position as acting chief security officer at the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer to steer contracts to companies for bribes, awarding contracts to a firm in which he had a financial stake and accepting kickbacks for hiring “ghost” employees.

Acar worked directly for Vivek Kundra, who got appointed as Barack Obama’s Chief Information Officer before his DC offices got raided by the FBI.  Kundra has now taken a leave of absence from his White House job while the FBI sorts this out.  The FBI is still investigating what happened at the DC CTO office, and Acar may not be the end of the story.

Without a doubt, pajamas or not, Acar knew something was coming down.  The FBI nailed him just in time.  The big question will be how Acar got away with it for a long enough period to have that much cash on hand to drop off with his mother, and how Kundra couldn’t see this for himself.  At the very least, it suggests a level of incompetence that hardly commends Kundra for higher governmental positions.

Yesterday, I reported that Kundra had a conviction for petty theft on his record in Montgomery County in 1997, when Kundra was 23.  Mike DeBonis at the Washington City Paper confirms my report:

AND THEN THERE’S THIS—Was Vivek Kundra cited for theft in Montgomery County when 21? Blogger Hot Air says he was, and LL’s follow-ups indicate that was indeed the former CTO who was pinched in 1996.

The conviction was in 1997, but the arrest could have been in 1996.  I still have not heard from the White House regarding my report on Kundra, and other than the WCP, I haven’t seen any other report in the mainstream media.  We’ll keep an eye out for it.


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Techie on March 17, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Do 40-year-old men really wear pajamas?

BigD on March 17, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Doesn’t he pay attention? As any good Democrat knows, you hide the money in the freezer and only classified documents get hidden in your clothes. It’s like they’re not even trying to get away with it any more.

trubble on March 17, 2009 at 9:35 AM

where does one secret away $4500 in their PJs? Maybe I don’t want to know

gatorboy on March 17, 2009 at 9:36 AM

In other news he tried to tell the arresting officer that he was just happy to see him.

- The Cat

MirCat on March 17, 2009 at 9:37 AM

where does one secret away $4500 in their PJs? Maybe I don’t want to know
gatorboy on March 17, 2009 at 9:36 AM

In the rear flap and the footies?

kingsjester on March 17, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Do 40-year-old men really wear pajamas?

Of course we do…not the footie and button up back door kind but yes, some of us do…
And many of us get up, walk to our computer, and blog a bit whilst lounging in them.

AIG executives – suits
Congressmen – suits
Obamessiah – suits
Bank executives – suits

Bloggers – Pajamas

I see a pattern…..

webproze on March 17, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Is that $4,500 in your pajamas, or are you just happy to be indicted?

Vashta.Nerada on March 17, 2009 at 9:38 AM

had more than $4,500 inside pajamas he was wearing when he was arrested last week

So I guess he wasn’t really happy to see her.

rbj on March 17, 2009 at 9:39 AM

The pile of crap that smells the worst attracts the most flies.

AubieJon on March 17, 2009 at 9:41 AM

Is that $4,500 in your pajamas, or are you just happy to be indicted?

Vashta.Nerada on March 17, 2009 at 9:38 AM

winner.

anniekc on March 17, 2009 at 9:41 AM

No no, here in Massachusetts, former State Senator Dianne Wilkerson was filmed stuffing the money into her bra. Of course it took like 7 paragraphs to note she is a Democrat

Ricki on March 17, 2009 at 9:42 AM

I don’t even have pockets in my pajamas.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 9:42 AM

where does one secret away $4500 in their PJs? Maybe I don’t want to know
gatorboy on March 17, 2009 at 9:36 AM

In the rear flap and the footies?

kingsjester on March 17, 2009

I can tell you that is impossible !

DoctorDentons on March 17, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Name that party!

Lehosh on March 17, 2009 at 9:43 AM

Hey, I always keep a wad rolled up in my PJs. Looks impressive as long as no one checks…

karl9000 on March 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Hey, I always keep a wad rolled up in my PJs. Looks impressive as long as no one checks…

karl9000 on March 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Are you kidding? Most women would rather have the $4,500

- The Cat

MirCat on March 17, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Acar worked directly for Vivek Kundra, who got appointed as Barack Obama’s Chief Information Officer before his DC offices got raided by the FBI.

Remember that Questionaire that all Obama appointees were supposed to take? Question (45) if you have ever been investigated by any law enforcement agency…. Was this just for background information and not used in the screening process?

Tommy_G on March 17, 2009 at 9:45 AM

“Acar is accused of using his position as acting chief security officer at the D.C. Office of the Chief Technology Officer to steer contracts to companies for bribes, awarding contracts to a firm in which he had a financial stake and accepting kickbacks for hiring “ghost” employees.”

Sounds like Acar attended the Chicago political institution of higher learning. I hear one of those “ghost employees” escaped the southside while hiding a teleprompter under his PJ’s—-where getting “stiffed” took on a whole new meaning.

Rovin on March 17, 2009 at 9:50 AM

Thank God that was money in his pants. I thought for a second he might have been watching Meghan McCain on “The View”.

Dire Straits on March 17, 2009 at 9:51 AM

Was this just for background blackmail information and not used in the screening process?

Tommy_G on March 17, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Fixed it for you.

myrenovations on March 17, 2009 at 9:54 AM

Good thing Obamas “chief information officer” had no clue about what his first-in-command was up to all that time.

Chuck Schick on March 17, 2009 at 9:57 AM

Cash?

What a maroon! (Or should I say turkey?)

Did his PJ’s have $ signs all over them, too?

$chmuck.

profitsbeard on March 17, 2009 at 10:01 AM

Someone could write a 500-page book about the corruption and incompetence of Obamaland right now. Just think — we’re not even 60 days in!

either orr on March 17, 2009 at 10:03 AM

Sandy Berger could have stuffed more than that in his shorts alone.

whitetop on March 17, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Is that a teleprompter in your pajamas or are you…

evenkeel on March 17, 2009 at 10:05 AM

OT: Ahahahahahahahah! The teleprompter locked up on Fauxbama, and he started stuttering and stammering.

Enoxo on March 17, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Maryland’s on-line database of criminal records … entry for a Vivek Kundra, born in 1974 and living in Gaithersburg, in Montgomery County’s criminal district court. According to the data, Vivek Kundra got convicted of misdemeanor theft (for less than $300) on July 31, 1997, in case #0D00031388.–Ed Morrissey

007 Ed, bravo!

I still have not heard from the White House regarding my report on Kundra, and other than the WCP, I haven’t seen any other report in the mainstream media. We’ll keep an eye out for it.

Pass the word along to conservative talk radio hosts for their contacts to investigate as well. Spread Obama’s wealth of corruption on Obama’s dime, skin off HIS nose, and not off the Taxpayer’s backside.

maverick muse on March 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwETXn6_kvM

RealDemocrat on March 17, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Do 40-year-old men really wear pajamas?

BigD on March 17, 2009 at 9:34 AM

Based upon my own habits: much more than 30-year-old men, but not nearly as much as 50-year-old men.

I just checked my pajamas for cash, though, and found only some lint and a peppermint.

RegularJoe on March 17, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Sandy Berger could have stuffed more than that in his shorts alone.

whitetop

Could have? DID! …more on Precedence Obama.

maverick muse on March 17, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Are you kidding? Most women would rather have the $4,500

- The Cat

Ouch! Those claws really hurt! :)

karl9000 on March 17, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Why do liberals always have to stuff something in their pants to feel more manly?

faraway on March 17, 2009 at 10:22 AM

You know, the Founding Fathers, way back when, were worried about what happened when you put DUAL citizens into positions of power…

Whether Pakistani/American or British/American or even worse, British/Indonesian/American… its jut not a good idea….

Romeo13 on March 17, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Was the boss spreading the wealth?

seven on March 17, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Remember that Questionaire that all Obama appointees were supposed to take? Question (45) if you have ever been investigated by any law enforcement agency…. Was this just for background information and not used in the screening process?

Tommy_G on March 17, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Of course it was used. If the appointee answered “yes” to the question, then he/she was immediately moved to the top of the pile.

Being a crook is job requirement #1 for Democrats.

AZCoyote on March 17, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Ed and AllahP:

Did you see last night’s episode of “How I Met Your Mother?” It’s a great show. It includes a character who is known for ALWAYS wearing a suit and tie.

Last night he showed up in tailored silk “suit pajamas,” complete with tie-like “sleeping cravat.” Very funny if you know the show.

You guys should get some for your next appearance at CPAC…. Michelle would look very cute in them as well.

Anton on March 17, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Bus!

GarandFan on March 17, 2009 at 10:51 AM

I have a really strange (and getting stonger) feeling that at some point in the future O will have to burn up all of his political capital (and chips) to save himself from self-destruction. I mean, Nixonian type of trouble. There is no way that Obama can surround himself with this many questionable types and not have some of it rub off on him, either directly (big trouble) or indirectly (still trouble, but more to his credibility). Think about, Blago has yet to sing (and he’ll be back, just watch), Rezko is in the clink, Kundek and his minion are most certainly dirty – the list goes on and on.

I think that at some point, the O story will just get too juicy to ignore by the press and they’ll pounce on it, thus destroying the Obama “story” forever. Remember Juanita Broderick? Who’d have thought that in 1993 that the nat’l press would question the POTUS about whether he had potentially RAPED a woman – and then have him default to his lawyers statement? Not me, that’s for sure. One thing that is certain though, political fortunes can swing wildly and it is certainly possible that O’s downfall could be as striking (and currently implausible) as his ascension to power. We’ll see…..

volnation on March 17, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Hey, I always keep a wad rolled up in my PJs. Looks impressive as long as no one checks…

karl9000 on March 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM
Are you kidding? Most women would rather have the $4,500

- The Cat

MirCat on March 17, 2009 at 9:45 AM

That is truly funny!!!

Oink on March 17, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Wow, so you use a dumb pajama thing to connect some guy who worked for Kundra to implicate Kundra as a participant of a crime, only to in the end bring up a misdemeanor offense.

Stay classy hot air.

PresidenToor on March 17, 2009 at 1:23 PM

Jammiewearingcrook

Brat on March 17, 2009 at 1:56 PM

WaPo does not mention his connection to a potential Obama appointee.

Guess that would be racist.

PattyJ on March 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Are you shure this guy wasn’t from Chicago?

regmgr on March 17, 2009 at 6:11 PM

In an effort to maintain transparency, the suspect’s pajamas were made of saran wrap.

kringeesmom on March 17, 2009 at 9:05 PM