Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is involved in a scandal that so far the media has completely ignored. David Keene reports:
Anyone who knows much about real power in Congress knows that almost
every member of the House and Senate lusts after a seat on the
Appropriations Committee and hopes one day to achieve the status of
Cardinal. The Cardinals, of course, are the folks who chair the various
Appropriations Committee subcommittees and literally control the
billions of dollars that pass through their hands.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) chairs the Senate Rules
Committee, but she’s also a Cardinal. She is currently chairwoman of
the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies subcommittee, but until
last year was for six years the top Democrat on the Military
Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (or “Milcon”)
sub-committee, where she may have directed more than $1 billion to
companies controlled by her husband.
If the inferences finally
coming out about what she did while on Milcon prove true, she may be on
the way to morphing from a respected senior Democrat into another
poster child for congressional corruption.
The problems stem
from her subcommittee activities from 2001 to late 2005, when she quit.
During that period the public record suggests she knowingly took part
in decisions that eventually put millions of dollars into her husband’s
pocket — the classic conflict of interest that exploited her position
and power to channel money to her husband’s companies.
other words, it appears Sen. Feinstein was up to her ears in the same
sort of shenanigans that landed California Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham
(R) in the slammer. Indeed, it may be that the primary difference
between the two is basically that Cunningham was a minor leaguer and a
lot dumber than his state’s senior senator. [...]
In spite of the blatant appearance of corruption, no major publication
has picked up on the story, the Senate Ethics Committee has reportedly
let her slip by, and she is now chairing the Senate Rules Committee,
which puts her in charge of making sure her colleagues act ethically
and avoid the sorts of conflicts of interest with which she is
personally and so obviously familiar.
Hat tip: florida_chad.
Update 19:10. Ed Morrissey has been following this case for a while and adds this:
I'm glad Keene gives this some sunlight -- but I first wrote about this last month. As Keene notes, not much has changed in the interim -- but I have posted my original at Heading Right to highlight just how disinterested the media seems in Congressional corruption when practiced by Democrats.
Update (Ken Shepherd | May 3, 10:10 EDT): CNSNews.com, a division of the Media Research Center, has covered the Feinstein scandal.
- Feinstein Leaves Senate Defense Panel Amid Controversy (Fred Lucas, April 2)
- Feinstein's Office Denies Conflict of Interest Charges (Lucas, April 4)
CNSNews.com managing editor Patrick Goodenough also informed me that Silicon Valley's metroactive.com has coverage of the scandal here.