PAC of Thieves or Thief of PACs?

From Congressional Quarterly:

The man at the center of a burgeoning fiscal scandal involving the National Republican Congressional Committee served as treasurer for dozens of political fundraising committees, and lawmakers are quickly distancing themselves from him.

At least 10 members of Congress have dropped Christopher J. Ward as treasurer of their re-election campaigns or political action committees.

In front, left to right: Rep. Peter King (R-NY) and Senator John Ensign (R-NV)
In back, left to right: Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Phil English (R-PA), Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY), and Rep. James T. Walsh (R-NY)
Original DVD cover.

That same dynamic could continue to play out in the weeks ahead. Ward served as treasurer for at least 32 committees in recent years. According to Federal Election Commission records, he remains an officer of record with most of them.

The FBI is investigating potential mismanagement of funds at the request of the NRCC. “We feel very strongly that until names are cleared or not, you can’t take a chance on it,” said Sen. John Ensign , R-Nev., who dropped Ward as treasurer of his Battle Born PAC.


Ward also was treasurer for Senate Majority Committee, a joint fundraising committee for six senators who are up for re-election this year.


Other GOP political committees that have severed ties with Ward:

• Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg ’s Building Our Opportunities Together committee;

• Pennsylvania Rep. Phil English ’s Prosperity Helps Inspire Liberty PAC;

• New York Rep. James T. Walsh ’s Commitment to Outstanding Leadership PAC;

• New York Rep. Peter T. King ’s Know-How and Integrity in our Government PAC;

• Virginia Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte ’s Good Fund;

• Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling Jobs, Economy and Budget Fund;

• Puerto Rico Del. Luis Fortuño ’s Leading Us in Success PAC

• Committee to Re-Elect Vito J. Fossella of New York.


Ward had been a longtime staff member for the NRCC, going on the payroll in November 1995 and serving as treasurer off and on from May 2003. He was paid $95,255 last year as a staff member through July and then a strategic-planning consultant after Aug. 3.

On Feb. 1, Rep. Tom Cole , R-Okla., the chairman of the NRCC, announced “irregularities in our financial audit process” that prompted an FBI investigation.

Rep. K. Michael Conaway , R-Texas, who is an accountant, sparked the investigation after becoming head of the NRCC’s internal audit committee last fall. Conaway said he asked repeatedly for a meeting with auditors without staff, but Ward canceled a January meeting just before it was to begin.

Conaway discovered that no audits had been conducted for years. “He was a trusted employee, somebody we put our faith and trust in,” Conaway said. “All we know is we have an audit issue.”

He said the committee has given the FBI’s forensic accountants “unfettered access to everything we’ve got.”


The previous NRCC chairman, Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds of New York, said he thought audits were being performed on a regular basis.

“It now appears over an extended period of time a long-serving, professional staff member may have put together an elaborate scheme resulting in financial irregularities that are currently under review,” Reynolds said.

Ladies and gentlemen (and Raisinettes), meet the GOP, party of fiscal responsibility!

Tip of the hat to NBBooks and jlms qkw over at the Big Orange.
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19 responses to “PAC of Thieves or Thief of PACs?

  1. Friend of the court

    So, who do you will think will cry first? These guys are so lazy they don’t even bother to cook their books. The Republican Party…”Better Living Through Criminal Activity”.

  2. nonnie9999

    boehner!!! he always cries first. here’s a little bit of the wapo article that is linked to at the bottom of the diary:

    A staffer for the campaign committee of House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) pleaded guilty in 2003 to stealing more than $617,000 from campaign accounts.

    i bet ole boohoo already has tears in his eyes just thinking about it!

  3. Friend of the court

    As upset as these guys get, when they get caught, you would think that they might consider playing by the rules for a change. Maybe, they think there is safety in numbers.

  4. Got a Grip

    It’s more like it’s easier to hunt in packs, fotc. Each predator in the pack has a role to play, whether it’s the stalking, distracting and scaring the victim(s) toward the hunters, driving the victim(s) to wear them down or going in for the kill. There’s always one, lower down in the pack, that’s expendable if things go wrong. We’re just the carcass that they munch on. And then sometimes, when someone gets greedy and tries to take more than their fair share, a fight breaks out, the whole pack attacks each other, and then they have to retreat from the carcass and lick their wounds. And sometimes while they’re busy fighting amongst themselves, another group of predators comes in and steals their lunch.

    nonnie had it right, this is a breed of animal with a pack mentality. Cunning, ruthless, hungry. But in the end not always that fucking smart.

    I think we should wager on how long it will be before we see Boehner boohooing it up. I say by Monday we’ll have photographic evidence of crocodile tears….. 😉

  5. Friend of the court

    As distasteful as the idea of being lunch for this pack is, it is still better than having to watch the Chimp tap dancing, again. I droped the remote and had to pull my shirt over my head when that came on the TV.

  6. nonnie9999

    the look on chimpy’s face and the little dance he did is what toddlers look like when they have to go potty.

    did you read that chimpy and capt underpants had hotdogs for lunch? i wonder that was meant as a slap in the face or if it was chimpy’s way of telling capt u that he will have to further humiliate himself by getting on his knees in front of chimpy so chimpy will ask his rich buddies for money for the campaign.

  7. jlms qkw

    wow nonnie! looks great! you found the best pictures of all of them. i do love the sock garters!

    and i want to thank the republicans, who give us these creative ideas 😉

  8. Friend of the court

    I missed the menu but, I don’t think Chimpy needed hot dogs to put Underpants in his place. When the candidate walked up to the “little prince”, Bush didn’t wait for McBushagain to come up the steps, before shaking his hand. It was very telling and rude body language, even if John didn’t have injured shoulders, a gentleman would have waited for the other person to be on the same level. Bush is a pig.

  9. nonnie9999

    hey! look who showed up! jlms! 😀 glad you approve. it was tough finding any pics of these jokers where they aren’t grinning like idiots. i wish i could take credit for the sock garters, but they came with the original dvd cover. i did take pleasure, however, sticking peter king’s ugly mug on the figure who got caught with his pants down. i can’t stand that pig (with apologies to those of the porcine family everywhere).

  10. nonnie9999

    i think there is some rage brewing with both of them. mccain showed up late. lot of passive-aggression going on, if you ask me. (like anyone’s gonna ask me 🙄 )

  11. nightowl724

    Oh dear, oh dear. English is my rep… Tsk, tsk. Slimier every year. Sigh…

    In case you can’t get enough of Bush dancing, a little game:

  12. nonnie9999

    i am so sorry. i had never hear of phil english before, but just looking at him makes me dislike him.
    the dancing game is hilarious. kinda spooky how his body turns around while his head stays stationary.

  13. and this is all a surprise? and that Peter King, the filthy King of the Rats himself is involved?

    that “press conf” between chimpy and the insane one was quite the spectacle — both looked so uncomfortable — especially mcinsane — then again any normal person should feel uncomfortable next to a man that accused one’s wife of insanity or whatever Rove did to mcinsane in So carolina

    the only thing we have going for us is the fact that mcinsane can self destruct any time. and the that this looming economic crisis is about to hit the fan just as he is campaigning.

    as for the ward scandal — ho hum, another corrupt GOP – arent we becoming immune to these vile shitheads?

  14. nightowl724

    nonnie, just like in The Exorcist!

    (((Well, I wish I knew how to whisper here, but I think there’s a boo-boo on your poster… Mr. Phil is front left. 🙂 Maybe you’re disliking the wrong face, but you’re NOT disliking the wrong man.)))

    BTW, I just howled at the change from Stakeout to Shakedown and the long blurb in the corner! Thanks for reminding us of T3 (Tap-Tap-Tap) Craig. He’s the embodiment of much that is wrong in the Republican Party. Of course, a person doesn’t need to look far to find other such “bodies” in this administration and Congress!

  15. nonnie9999

    no surprise whatsoever. i just thought we could all celebrate the gop getting ripped off! 😆
    i think capt underpants shoots himself in the foot every time he appears on tv. he comes off as a doddering old fool. he either sounds pissed off or not quite in command of his faculties.

  16. nonnie9999

    ah, nightowl, i can always count on you to find the little things it put in the posters. i just rechecked, and i got the names correct. what we have here is a failure to communicate. i separated the groups into the big faces in the back and the 2 figures that are smaller in the front. the ones in front are peter king with his pants down and ensign, who is bent over and waiting for….well, i don’t want to know what he is waiting for. all the rest of them are in the back, and i named them from left to right. i thought making it 3 rows would be too confusing. apparently, i was wrong again. 😀

  17. nightowl724

    I see, I see! I should have known better…


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  19. nonnie9999

    thank you, john, and welcome to the raisin! 😀
    i bookmarked your excellent site for further reference. i hope you will forgive me for shortening the url so that it fits a bit better and for correcting the link in your comment.