Live blog: Breitbart presser on Pigford

posted at 10:20 am on February 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Andrew Breitbart held a press conference today on the Pigford controversy, and it began with high-profile Congresswoman Michele Bachman’s introduction.  Bachmann asked why Eric Holder has yet to investigate the allegations of widespread fraud.  Bachmann said that “people are milking the system for all it’s worth,” and that the money belongs to black farmers who actually suffered discrimination.  “We have a tremendous story to tell today,” Bachmann said, calling it “a stunning story.”

Breitbart introduced a new video today by recapping his seven-month involvement in the case, and introduced a black farmer who was cut out of the settlement process that Breitbart claimed was a “fraud” that allowed a much larger group of people to claim damages than actually ever farmed.  The “attempted to farm” standard was a deliberate structure that essentially became a redistribution scheme and a way for class-action attorneys to milk the US government.

Breitbart then described how he reached out to Lee Stranahan from the Huffington Post to check the story out for himself.  Breitbart says that he was aware that his conservative background would tend to discredit his investigation of Pigford, and wanted Stranahan to pursue it independently.  Stranahan, who jokingly described himself as “the worst-dressed person at CPAC,” introduced the video that will end up as part of his documentary on Pigford fraud.  The video was released today at Big Government and lasts two hours.

Stranahan noted that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was accused of being a racist for asserting that Pigford was set up as a Trojan horse for slavery reparations.  King, coincidentally, joined the presser just as Stranahan mentioned this.  The video vindicates King, Stranahan argues, and its attorneys set up the settlement specifically so that any attempt to refute a claim would require “proving a negative,” and sold that way to potential claimants.

Stranahan explained the release of the unedited video rather than just clips, which will follow later.  Stranahan anticipated the “meme” that editing renders something invalid, which he says undermines the entire idea of journalism.  “Fight that meme” whenever it arises, Stranahan argued, especially in the Live Action exposes on Planned Parenthood.

King then addressed the presser, starting by thanking Breitbart for bringing the issue to light.  King started looking into Pigford when working on the 2008 farm bill.  King says that discrimination did occur at the USDA, and its actual victims “should be made whole” through government action.  The current settlement is fraudulent on its face; current claimants are four times as many black farmers than existed at the time.  King tied the Pigford II settlement to Barack Obama during his tenure in the Senate.  King wants hearings to start now, and says the problem reaches all the way to the President.

Stranahan then introduced clips from their undercover audio:

  • Tom Burrell, president the Black Farmers and Agriculture Association, of  tells potential claimants what happened when the checks hit the streets: “Where did you get that new truck from?  Why is Sears Roebuck visiting your house? … Something’s up.
  • “This lawsuit is not a farming lawsuit, it’s a discrimination lawsuit. … Who wants to go through the process today?  Get paid?”
  • On the four questions that supposedly act as a test for claims in Pigford: “Look at the four questions like a baseball game … When do you get a score?”
  • Stranahan then says that Burrell gives them the correct — and allegedly unchallengeable — answers that will win them a Pigford score. “Did he own land?  Let’s suppose the answer is no.  The judge is going to give you three more shots at it. … Did he ATTEMPT to own? … How does the judge know if you tried?  [Laughter] … Congress set up a system … “everyone who says they tried  [unintelligible] then you have to give them credit for it.”
  • “The issue is not whether you farmed in 1965, but whether you were discriminated against in 1981-1996. … My sister said my daddy went to the USDA office between 1981 and 1996. … The judge says you get paid.”

Stranahan notes that he contacted the judge’s staff about the Burrell audio, assuming that the Pigford jurist would be interested in Burrell’s claims that the judge wanted to see people get paid.  They never heard back from the judge.

Breitbart then quickly introduced Eddie Slaughter, one of the black farmers who dealt with actual discrimination — and find themselves on the outside of Pigford’s settlements.  Slaughter called it a “moral disgrace.”  The real farmers, Slaughter says, are being “persecuted” since Pigford.

The presser ran out of time, but keep an eye on Big Government for more on this story.  Quite obviously, there is a lot of meat in this story, and the only question will be whether Bachmann and King can raise a big enough stink in Congress to get the media to pay attention and start reporting it.


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good.

kelley in virginia on February 10, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Go get ‘em, Andrew!!

Khun Joe on February 10, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Holder. Egg. Face.

fossten on February 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Wow.

It’s about time. I am glad there are people looking into all this corruption.

The adults are finally in charge.

Now where have I heard that before? :-)

UltimateBob on February 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Wow. Andrew’s one of those people who will leave a lasting mark on the country.

Bob's Kid on February 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

CBS News hardest hit.

NeoKong on February 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Gee….real journalism and cross-checking of facts turns up fraud and corruption within the federal government. Whoo’da thunk??

Mord on February 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Rep. Darrell Issa, you have a phone call on line 1…

teke184 on February 10, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Andrew Breitbart held a press conference today on the Pigford controversy, and it began with high-profile Congresswoman Michele Bachman’s introduction. Bachmann asked why Eric Holder has yet to investigate the allegations of widespread fraud. Bachmann said that “people are milking the system for all it’s worth,” and that the money belongs to black farmers who actually suffered discrimination. “We have a tremendous story to tell today,” Bachmann said, calling it “a stunning story.”
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CBC’s Clyburn Knocks Pigford II Fraud Safeguards on House Floor
******

After seeing the BigGovernment.com interview, Congressman Bishop, clearly upset with the video revelation, made the following admission to his local paper, the Albany Herald yesterday:

“Yes, I am aware that there is fraud in the program, that’s why anti-fraud provisions were written into the settlement,” Bishop said Thursday morning “My job was to help secure funding for constituents who had been discriminated against by the USDA. It’s not my job to monitor fraud in the program. I can’t assume responsibility for fraud. You can’t lay that at my feet.”
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http://southcapitolstreet.com/2011/01/21/cbc%E2%80%99s-clyburn-knocks-pigford-ii-fraud-safeguards-on-house-floor/

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 10:32 AM

I’m still waiting for Holder and the FBI to run their sting operation, (that rounded up organized crime “bandits” in NY), in Chicago.

Rovin on February 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM

…allowed a much larger group of people to claim damages than actually ever farmed. The “attempted to farm” standard was a deliberate structure that essentially became a redistribution scheme and a way for class-action attorneys to milk the US government.

There has to be a Commerce Clause joke in there somewhere.

anuts on February 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

Holder. Egg. Face.

fossten on February 10, 2011 at 10:25 AM

I don’t know, I just think these folks do anything they want with impunity. And then turn around and tell everyone they can’t cut spending because the government is the model of effectiveness. It’s like what the meaning of is is times a trillion.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

After seeing the BigGovernment.com interview, Congressman Bishop, clearly upset with the video revelation, made the following admission to his local paper, the Albany Herald yesterday:

“Yes, I am aware that there is fraud in the program, that’s why anti-fraud provisions were written into the settlement,” Bishop said Thursday morning “My job was to help secure funding for constituents who had been discriminated against by the USDA. It’s not my job to monitor fraud in the program. I can’t assume responsibility for fraud. You can’t lay that at my feet.”

Oh. My. God.

Exhibit A of what is wrong with our government. Just shovel the money out the door, write the press release, cut the ribbon, and let someone else figure out if half the money was stolen or went into lawyers’ pockets!!

rockmom on February 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I don’t know, I just think these folks do anything they want with impunity. And then turn around and tell everyone they can’t cut spending because the government is the model of effectiveness. It’s like what the meaning of is is times a trillion.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

I agree, it’s frustrating; but the tide is turning, if a bit slowly. These things don’t happen overnight.

fossten on February 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Obama, as a Senator, pushed for a bigger Pigford settlement. I would love for them to subpoena his Senate office notes and see if there was internal discussion on how having more “instant millionaires” would help his future campaigns.

Or if any of those who have received money have also received phone calls, emails or letters asking for donations and reminding them of Obama’s help in securing their new found money.

Obama is all about Obama.

journeyintothewhirlwind on February 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Finally. Thank you Breitbart for doing the job that most journalists won’t do.

BetseyRoss on February 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Laws that are written by lawyers will eventually be abused to the benefit of lawyers.

darwin-t on February 10, 2011 at 10:38 AM

The guys at Hillbuzz.com have commented on this in the last few months – saying that this is so big it may bring down
Obama’s presidency.

Amjean on February 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Andrew Breitbart on the Pigford story, part 1
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eJh3BrwU_M
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A Serious Numbers Problem in the Pigford Settlement Case
RepMicheleBachmann
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZbR7lJ-tgk

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Bachmannn OverDrive runs the numbers!!!!

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Barry wouldn’t say FRAUD. He’d whisper “REPARATIONS”.

GarandFan on February 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

fossten on February 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I think we need to be effusive with our “attaboys” so they know we are paying attention.

Cindy Munford on February 10, 2011 at 10:42 AM

O/T
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BREAKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MUBARAK TO STEP ASIDE

http://www.drudgereport.com/

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Online Streaming from Propaganda News((sarc)
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http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM

What strikes me about this story is simply that the Democrat establishment thugs have no regard for what they do, and this has much to do with owning the media and allowing the media to provide cover for all of their actions.

The Democrat party and the network media are the biggest threat to our way of life in America. This love affair must be shattered into pieces or we get no where.

Love Breitbart and all that he does….

Keemo on February 10, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Barry wouldn’t say FRAUD. He’d whisper “REPARATIONS”.

GarandFan on February 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

GarandFan:”Bingo”, Voter Securement 2012!!!!

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I live in the city that literally, actually created the “class action suit”. Stan Chesley, big Democratic donor, personal injury lawyer extraordinaire, created it in 1977 when a Northern Kentucky nightclub burned down, killing 165 people. And people have been using the “class action” technique to milk the system ever since. This Pigford scam has to be the most obvious govt scam I’ve ever heard of. But since it includes race, criticizing it is taboo. Besides, once the money is shelled out, there’s NO WAY we’re getting any of it back.

Paul-Cincy on February 10, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Has anybody found the video mentioned above? This link is to BG’s main page. I couldn’t find the actual video. If you have found it, could you post a link to the actual video please?

mfrantom on February 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM

OT: Big news in Egypt right now. Where’s the thread?

MJBrutus on February 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Barry wouldn’t say FRAUD. He’d whisper “REPARATIONS”.

GarandFan on February 10, 2011 at 10:41 AM

GarandFan:)
===============

The Pigford Scandal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e96H96oW2cw

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM

OT: Big news in Egypt right now. Where’s the thread?

MJBrutus on February 10, 2011 at 10:49 AM

MJBrutus:Yup!

canopfor on February 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM

I’m so glad Breitbart has made this bipartisan. Not that the media won’t try and a) ignore it or b) destroy Stranahan’s credibility. This story needs to be heard far and wide.

conservative pilgrim on February 10, 2011 at 10:51 AM

The guys at Hillbuzz.com have commented on this in the last few months – saying that this is so big it may bring down Obama’s presidency.

Amjean on February 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM

That would be great, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

So far, he has survived:
- Being found in contempt for ignoring an order to lift the arbitrary moratorium on Gulf oil drilling
- Dismissing the voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party, after they lost the case by default by not showing up in court
- Constitutional challenges to 0bamacare, his signature legislation
- Numerous lies and distortions, including lying during SOTU about the Supreme Court’s decision regarding campaign donations by corporations

And on and on and on. The Teflon Kenyan will survive this, too, I’m afraid.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

I hope they(whomever “they” are) make the many who received these funds
illegally pay for their crime (applying for the funds)
and pay back the money!

Amjean on February 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Will Pigford be Obama’s Tea pot Dome?

IowaWoman on February 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

UltimateBob -

I hear what you are saying, however, we conservatives
must continue to fight.

We must own up to the fact that many of our politicians are
crooks and don’t care about this country or its citizens;
only care about their own power and lining their pockets.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have not been investigated
either. Now Obamarama wants to shut it down – what for?
Out of sight out of mind?

Amjean on February 10, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Will Pigford be Obama’s Tea pot Dome?

IowaWoman on February 10, 2011 at 10:54 AM

More like his Watergate.

From all indications, Obama and a bunch of other people within the Dem party, going back to the Clinton Administration, were in on the fraud of both Pigford settlements.

Not only could it sweep him out by 2012, it could mean that an incoming Republican president may have the strongest majorities they’ve had since Reconstruction.

teke184 on February 10, 2011 at 11:00 AM

So who’s in charge of getting all the dough back?

Akzed on February 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I sure hope Andrew has really good security for himself and his family. No doubt that the modern day Democrat party is the largest and most powerful organized crime ring to be established in the history of the world.

Keemo on February 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Obama, as a Senator, pushed for a bigger Pigford settlement. I would love for them to subpoena his Senate office notes and see if there was internal discussion on how having more “instant millionaires” would help his future campaigns. journeyintothewhirlwind on February 10, 2011 at 10:37 AM

He’s not real cooperative releasing documents…

Akzed on February 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I noticed the question about owning land. Owning land is not a prerequisite to being a farmer. Lots of rather large farmers actually do not own the land, but instead have a sharecropping arrangement. Sharecropping really isn’t a bad thing to be in. Many of them own equipment worth hundreds of thousands of dollare (if not an overall investment above a million) and farm thousands of acres of land.

Thus owning the land being farmed does not actually make one a farmer. However, many large landowners do receive subsidies and money for not planting crops.

Kermit on February 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM

So who’s in charge of getting all the dough back?

Akzed on February 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Thieves don’t return your money, they spread it to another group.

darwin-t on February 10, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Add to this Project Gunwalker – the ATF allowing guns purchased in the US to be walked over the border to Mexico, a scandal which it seems might reach as high as Holder and Obama’s White House- and the two court rulings that Obama is ignoring; Obamacare and the oil moratorium.

If Bush had been in power this would be on the news morning to night and Democrats would be screaming blue murder over it.

With Obama..not so much.

The GOP needs to make a clear case that the rule of law is being violated- and they need to do something about it.

Jay Mac on February 10, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Mr. Brietbart needs some kind of medal, the guy is uncovering scandal after scandal. Tenacity thy name is Andrew Brietbart.

fourdeucer on February 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Speaking of fraud & abuse of federal monies….
I’ve mentioned the abuse of the EAJA fund by environmentalist groups AKA greedy lawyers before here.
I’ve heard Karen Budd-Falen, an attorney in Cheyenne WY (she grew up on a ranch in WY)speak & lay out her evidence & what she has been doing to expose this raping of the EAJA fund.
Read some more…
It is freaking astonishing.
Why does no one investigate this kind of stuff?
Millions & millions of dollars are paid out each year to these litigious rap!sts.

Badger40 on February 10, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Obama: You can put lipstick on a Pigford, but it’s still a Pigford.

RedRedRice on February 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

It’s not my job to monitor fraud in the program. I can’t assume responsibility for fraud. You can’t lay that at my feet.”

Oh. My. God.

Exhibit A of what is wrong with our government. Just shovel the money out the door, write the press release, cut the ribbon, and let someone else figure out if half the money was stolen or went into lawyers’ pockets!!

rockmom on February 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Yep. Nutshell.

a capella on February 10, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Obama: You can put lipstick on a Pigford, but it’s still a Pigford.

RedRedRice on February 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

The press needs to grill him about this. And how many press conferences does he give a year? Maybe, two? Where are the WoodSteins of the WaPo hunting this story down and writing about it every week? The govt just gave away $$$ because of someone’s skin color, and nothing else?!

Paul-Cincy on February 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

And if I may be so bold to ask, how did the USDA know people applying for assistance were black?

Paul-Cincy on February 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

if half the money was stolen or went into lawyers’ pockets!!

rockmom on February 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM

There’s a difference?

darwin-t on February 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Pulitzer. This is what investigative journalism looks like. It’s so rare that we don’t even see it anymore in this day and age.

What Michelle Obama said about Obama’s hair color is not journalism.

Good Lt on February 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM

Thus owning the land being farmed does not actually make one a farmer. However, many large landowners do receive subsidies and money for not planting crops.

Kermit on February 10, 2011 at 11:04 AM

Likewise, a major part of ethanol subsidy money goes to big agribusiness like ADM and Monsanto.

a capella on February 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM

I sure hope Andrew has really good security for himself and his family. No doubt that the modern day Democrat party is the largest and most powerful organized crime ring to be established in the history of the world.

Keemo on February 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

Vince Foster could not be reached for comment.

Rovin on February 10, 2011 at 11:25 AM

Actual journalism? Research, facts, corroboration? Way too arduous and awkward for the media.

This story will never get a foothold on any mainstream broadcast platform.

Is it worse than we know? Everything is today. The republican candidate who makes media corruption and negligence a national issue will get a huge spike from the base.

rrpjr on February 10, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Paul-Cincy on February 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Sounds like the perfect topic for Gibbsy’s replacement to practice his deer in the headlights look.

a capella on February 10, 2011 at 11:28 AM

This story will surely score a Pants-on-Fire over at PolitiFact.

RedRedRice on February 10, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Holder belongs in prison.

WisCon on February 10, 2011 at 11:31 AM

And on and on and on. The Teflon Kenyan will survive this, too, I’m afraid.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

ROFL!!!

Conservative Samizdat on February 10, 2011 at 11:33 AM

Let’s also look for evidence of corruption between the idiot Eric Holder and the law firm that he used to work for. Let’s also look for a pattern of democratic party contributions from the law firms that benefited from this outrage.

Expecting the idiot Eric Holder to look into this is hopeless. This has to be done through House committee investigations since the democratics control everything else.

slickwillie2001 on February 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I sure hope Andrew has really good security for himself and his family. No doubt that the modern day Democrat party is the largest and most powerful organized crime ring to be established in the history of the world.

Keemo on February 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I’d reserve that spot for the KGB, but agree with the general sentiment.

Count to 10 on February 10, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Sunshine, thy name is Breitbart. Thank you, Andrew.

petefrt on February 10, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Quite obviously, there is a lot of meat in this story, and the only question will be whether Bachmann and King can raise a big enough stink in Congress to get the media to pay attention and start reporting it.

If you want to see widespread MSM attention payed to this massive corruption scandal….you are going to have to find a way to blame it on Palin or the Tea Party…..

This is no where near the only high level corruption that involves the Obama administration that the MSM will defend or try to ignore…
This corruption is on the same level as pigford:

New Black Panther Party case: The facts are in
By Jennifer Rubin

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/right-turn/2011/01/the_us_commission_on_civil.html

The statements indicate several points: 1) the New Black Panther Party case brought by career Justice Department employees was meritorious on the law and the facts; 2) there is voluminous evidence of the Obama administration’s political interference in the prosecution of the New Black Panther Party case; 3) there is ample evidence that the Obama administration directed Justice Department employees not to bring cases against minority defendants who violated voting rights laws or to enforce a provision requiring that states and localities clean up their voting rolls to prevent fraud; 4) the Justice Department stonewalled efforts to investigate the case; and 5) vice chairman Abigail Thernstrom has, for reasons not entirely clear, ignored the evidence and tried to undermine the commission’s work.

….The Obama administration is as corrupt as they come and the MSM is doing it’s best to deflect from covering it by chasing targets on election maps and listening for dog whistle coded messages every time Palin speaks.

Thank God for real journalism coming from pioneers like Brietbart.

Baxter Greene on February 10, 2011 at 11:37 AM

the only question will be whether Bachmann and King can raise a big enough stink in Congress to get the media to pay attention and start reporting it.

You’re kidding, right?

iurockhead on February 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Take the pay off out of the USDA budget. See how quickly this ends. If the usda and govt defrauded black farmer then there should be some kind of settlement made to them. However, rampant handing out of walking around money is fraud as well. AIM is already running ads looking for Native Americans or anyone who can claim blood to hand out money to from the latest govt settlement(payoff).

Kissmygrits on February 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

The real problem is there is so much $ in DC now it’s seeping out all over the place. What’s a billion to actual and/or attempted black farmers compared to a $700 billion stimulus.

Paul-Cincy on February 10, 2011 at 11:41 AM

And if I may be so bold to ask, how did the USDA know people applying for assistance were black?

Paul-Cincy on February 10, 2011 at 11:21 AM

You go into the local FSA-Farm Service Agency-& they sign you up for whatever you’re signing up for.
We get a postcard every year for an appt to come in to see what programs for ‘free’ USDA type monies we might be eligible for.
It’s nothing but a racket.
I’m not going to go in to sign up for the $80/yr they always want to give us for some phantom cropland we supposedly own.
I still don’t know where in the hell these measley acres are they’re attributing to us.

Badger40 on February 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM

Native Americans or anyone who can claim blood to hand out money to from the latest govt settlement(payoff).

Kissmygrits on February 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Scuttlebutt ’round here amongst the local folks is that you can at least get special college money above & beyond the basic grants & stuff if you can prove one-eight ancestry & are enrolled in a tribe. Don’t know if it’s true now, but a science teacher I taught with was exactly one-eighth & got a free college ride bcs of it.
Some tribes are picky about enrollment, others are not.

Badger40 on February 10, 2011 at 11:46 AM

I sure hope Andrew has really good security for himself and his family. No doubt that the modern day Democrat party is the largest and most powerful organized crime ring to be established in the history of the world.

Keemo on February 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I agree- Obama in on this as well as being in on the first lawsuit that set up the housing debacle…

tinkerthinker on February 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM

I’ll buy acres in Pigford if I ever see it on the news…

tree hugging sister on February 10, 2011 at 11:54 AM

Some tribes are picky about enrollment, others are not.

You might as well say “some tribes have profitable casinos, some not.”

It’s a club at this point. You get the jacket if you have the right skin color or an in with the “elders.”

WitchDoctor on February 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Exhibit A of what is wrong with our government. Just shovel the money out the door, write the press release, cut the ribbon, and let someone else figure out if half the money was stolen or went into lawyers’ pockets!!

rockmom on February 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Can you imagine if we did that in our jobs? Note fraud and not do anything about it? I think an investigation on all the law firms involved should happen too.

wi farmgirl on February 10, 2011 at 11:57 AM

THis case perfectly exemplifies the danger of not having a true unbiased press in this country. That Brietbart has to fight this hard to expose this corruption that the MSM is so willing determined to ignore as it has so many other Obama and Democrat scandals… is mortifying,

If you have a weak stomach start toughening up now because in 2012 with a strong Republican POTUS possesed of a fighting spirit and integrity, a much less RINO infested Congress and of course less Democrats, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GO TO PRISON!

CCRWM on February 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

The guys at Hillbuzz.com have commented on this in the last few months – saying that this is so big it may bring down Obama’s presidency.

Amjean on February 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM

That would be great, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

UltimateBob on February 10, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Me neither…

wi farmgirl on February 10, 2011 at 12:01 PM

I tried to be a black farmer but they told me that only my humour was black.

J_Crater on February 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Wow. Andrew’s one of those people who will leave a lasting mark on the country.

Bob’s Kid on February 10, 2011 at 10:26 AM

God Bless Andrew Breitbart. I honestly don’t know what we’d do without him. He’s a true Patriot willing to put his ass on the line everyday to expose the truth. He has my deepest admiration and appreciation.

TheBigOldDog on February 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM

The odds of the mainstream media ever trying to cover this story is zero to zilch.

They know every race baiter in the country would be beating on their door to claim how racist they are for even thinking there could be fraud involved.

ButterflyDragon on February 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Best comment thus far:
Obama: You can put lipstick on a Pigford, but it’s still a Pigford.

RedRedRice on February 10, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Although I also like:

I tried to be a black farmer but they told me that only my humour was black.

J_Crater on February 10, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Thank you Lord for Breitbart- I agree with the sentiments
about his security – We can only hope that Talk Radio and
Beck go after this story witha vengeance.

Amjean on February 10, 2011 at 12:22 PM

They know every race baiter in the country would be beating on their door to claim how racist they are for even thinking there could be fraud involved.

ButterflyDragon on February 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Many of these people are in on it, as Breitbart’s previous videos show that some of this was an outgrowth of the reparations movement that came out of the Million Man March.

teke184 on February 10, 2011 at 12:23 PM

…the only question will be whether Bachmann and King can raise a big enough stink in Congress to get the media to pay attention and start reporting it.

The three-monkeys media (see no evil, etc.) finds their hands full and unable to deal with this story right now.

SKYFOX on February 10, 2011 at 12:23 PM

They know every race baiter in the country would be beating on their door to claim how racist they are for even thinking there could be fraud involved.

ButterflyDragon on February 10, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Many of these people are in on it, as Breitbart’s previous videos show that some of this was an outgrowth of the reparations movement that came out of the Million Man March.

teke184 on February 10, 2011 at 12:23 PM

I’ll amend before someone has a cow… “these people” means the professional race-baiters, as I know that the late Johnnie Cochrane was in on it and I’m pretty sure that Farrakhan and/or Sharpton were as well.

teke184 on February 10, 2011 at 12:24 PM

This story will surely score a Pants-on-Fire over at PolitiFact.

RedRedRice on February 10, 2011 at 11:29 AM

No, they’ll selectively not be ‘curious’ about it.

fossten on February 10, 2011 at 12:31 PM

polifact, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, NYT, AP, Reuters, AFP, and on and on will all be most incurious

even if they happen to see a reference to this, they will avert their eyes, they want to believe, si se puede.

r keller on February 10, 2011 at 12:53 PM

this is so big it may bring down Obama’s presidency.

Not going to happen. They’ve got a ‘vested interest’ in Barry. Besides, if they don’t report it, it didn’t happen.

GarandFan on February 10, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Hey where’s the lefty astroturfers?

I want grow fins , audiculous, crr? and company’s take on this alleged fraud stuff.

belad on February 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Likewise, a major part of ethanol subsidy money goes to big agribusiness like ADM and Monsanto.

a capella on February 10, 2011 at 11:24 AM

They are likely capitalizing on the Federal subsidies but not on the state subsidies.

The biggest fish in the pond is actually Valero, not ADM. Also, Cargill is eating their lunch, in profits, with neither subsidies or plants. It is importing ethanol as an unfinished product to Caribbean nations like Dominican Republic and Jamaica, running it through the final process of dewatering with molecular sieves, thus bypassing the tariffs under trade agreements. Houston & New Orleans receive a lot of ethanol from overseas.

Kermit on February 10, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Hey where’s the lefty astroturfers?

I want grow fins , audiculous, crr? and company’s take on this alleged fraud stuff.

belad on February 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Waiting on the sms message from Americorps.

Roy Rogers on February 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Hey where’s the lefty astroturfers?

I want grow fins , audiculous, crr? and company’s take on this alleged fraud stuff.

belad on February 10, 2011 at 1:55 PM

OR perhaps from Valerie Jarret herself?

Roy Rogers on February 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Native Americans or anyone who can claim blood to hand out money to from the latest govt settlement(payoff).

Kissmygrits on February 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Scuttlebutt ’round here amongst the local folks is that you can at least get special college money above & beyond the basic grants & stuff if you can prove one-eight ancestry & are enrolled in a tribe. Don’t know if it’s true now, but a science teacher I taught with was exactly one-eighth & got a free college ride bcs of it.
Some tribes are picky about enrollment, others are not.

Badger40 on February 10, 2011 at 11:46 AM

It is 1/8th. I am 1/8th but because my native family members are a clan rather than one of the recognized tribes I would probably not qualify for the whole package. I never seriously looked into it since I had no need for the handout. It isn’t that much and you don’t get a free ride but it does give you access to scholarships set up by some institutions if you are accepted.

lexhamfox on February 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Where’s Audiculous?

He should be here saying what a liar Breitbart is and how his story is not one of truth because he’s a liar

I guess in light of recent events…

Sonosam on February 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Trolls: It obviously was another doctored Breitbart video. Oh, it was a live press conference? Nevermind…

slickwillie2001 on February 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Sonosam on February 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

That’s why this thread isn’t twice as long as it is. We’re missing about 100 posts of people reminding Barak-O-Licious that he’s a complete tool.

BigWyo on February 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

Ahem…anyone else on here follow Ulster Man on FB? He has an “insider” post issued today…insider said something has Issa’s group all stirred up, it’s big, Teh One had been “in” on it, and may be big enough to bring him down. Maybe this is what he was talking about? If not this then something else is brewing. I hope they are standing in line with facts and evidence.

Yellowdog12 on February 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM

The Obama Kleptocracy.

Jaibones on February 10, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Yellowdog12 on February 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Keep us up-to-date on that please.

slickwillie2001 on February 10, 2011 at 10:22 PM

Br-r-r-REITbart strikes again.

What would Olby say?

Freelancer on February 11, 2011 at 12:07 AM

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