- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2007

Crossing Kennedy

New Mexico governor and presidential candidate Bill Richardson has come out in favor of a huge wind farm in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts, a project vehemently opposed by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and the rest of the Kennedy clan because they say it would mar their view from the Kennedy compound.

Mr. Richardson stated his position on the Cape Wind project during a campaign fundraiser in Boston’s Back Bay, Jack Coleman writes at www.capecodtoday.com, citing a person who attended the event.

Cape Wind Associates seeks to build a 130-turbine wind farm across a 24-square mile swath of Nantucket Sound.

Spyro Mitrokostas, a Clean Power Now board member and Richardson supporter who attended the fundraiser, said Richardson stated that he knew his endorsement of Cape Wind would prompt the wrath of certain people, specifically citing U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy as an example,” the writer said. “Cape Wind’s turbines, if approved, would be situated five miles south of Hyannisport in view of the Kennedy compound.”

Dog bites man

Bloggers and the mainstream media “have shown a certain ‘dog-bites-man’ attitude” toward news that at least four persons who worked for the heavily fined group Americans Coming Together now hold ties to the presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Robert Stacy McCain writes in Fishwrap at www.washingtontimes.com.

The links between Mrs. Clinton and the now-defunct group, which recently was fined $775,000 by the Federal Election Commission for misusing donations, was first reported yesterday in The Washington Times. Americans Coming Together was funded in part by billionaire George Soros.

“Like her husband — whose multiple scandals inspired Sen. Bob Dole to complain ‘Where’s the outrage?’ — Mrs. Clinton seems to be invulnerable to scandal, simply because a new Clinton scandal is more or less expected from time to time,” Mr. McCain said.

“Fugitive fundraiser funnels cash to the Clinton campaign and then takes it on the lam? Yawn. Clinton-connected, billionaire-backed group cops a plea for violating federal campaign finance laws? Ho hum.

“Even the connection between Mrs. Clinton, Soros and MoveOn.org’s ‘General Betray Us’ ad doesn’t produce any serious outrage,” Mr. McCain wrote.

He goes on to quote blogger Prairie Pundit as saying “what this story demonstrates is that there is little to no consequence for Democrats who violate the campaign laws. Whether it is vote fraud or illegal campaigning, they just MoveOn to another organization and keep on campaigning. The defunct organization pays a fine, but the perps just move to another entity.”

A warning

The American Security Council Foundation has produced a 25-minute documentary warning that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez poses a real threat to the U.S.

The group on Tuesday held a Capitol Hill reception attended by about 45 people, including members of Congress, staff and think-tank experts, in which “Crisis in the Americas” was shown.

Rep. Connie Mack, Florida Republican, appears in the documentary, saying: “When we saw that Hugo Chavez purchased $3 billion worth of military equipment and at the same time, in his own words, talks about wanting to attack the United States, it’s not a relationship I’m comfortable with, obviously.”

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Florida Republican, notes in the documentary that “some members of Congress have even invited Chavez to send oil to their congressional district, they have press conferences, they send out press releases, they’ve gotten discounted oil. What they don’t tell their constituents is that that so-called discounted oil is coming from an axis of evil that is planning along with Iran, along with Castro, along with the other terrorist states to bring us to our knees.”

Signing ceremony

President Bush yesterday signed legislation that would cut billions in student lender subsidies and direct most of that toward government programs, grants and other efforts aimed at helping students.

“The best way to stay competitive is to make sure people have access to good education,” Mr. Bush said, praising the bill for its boost in funding for the federal Pell Grant program, a needs-based college grant program.

The bill would cut nearly $21 billion from federal subsidies given to student lending companies, direct about $750 million of that to reducing the deficit and funnel the rest to various federal programs, private institutions and other help for students.

But some conservatives aren’t happy Mr. Bush decided to sign the bill, which they criticize for pouring billions into new entitlement spending.

“The paltry short-term savings achieved by the bill pale in comparison to the billions in unfunded long-term costs,” one House Republican aide said.

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@washingtontimes.com.

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