- A June 22 WP wrapup, including Amtrak IG Fred Weiderhold’s resignation and the Library of Congress IG admonishment, as well as TARP, ITC, and Americorps.
- Chicago Tribune June 18 story on all three IG’s, including the International Trade Commission IG who was told her contract would not be renewed shortly after a Senator complained about how she was forbidden access to agency documents (
“It is difficult to understand why the ITC would not have taken action to ensure that the ITC inspector general had the information necessary to do the job,” Grassley wrote on Tuesday.
Less than three hours after the letter was e-mailed to the agency, the acting IG, Judith Gwynne, was told that her contract, which expires in early July, would not be renewed.)
- Rasmusen posts.
I was wondering why Republican and former mayor of
Indianapolis Stephen Goldsmith strongly supports the apparently
indefensible firing of inspector-general Walpin of Americorps for
inspecting too vigorously. It turns out Goldsmith is a director of
a medium-sized bank, CapitalSource, that was unwise enough to
open a big California operation in the summer of 2008. Over the
year its stock price crashed from $15 per share to 90 cents per
share in early 2009 before coming back up to $4 per share in
June 2009. Just on the basis of that, I would guess that the bank
is hanging by a thread, and it’s a thread made of TARP money [No–see comment below. CS has not received TARP money. But it is still vulnerable to regulators.]
that President Obama could cut any time he wants. So we
cannot regard Mr. Goldsmith as being an entirely independent
slides from the company itself on Capital Source’s
financial health. I don’t know how to interpret these, but they do
give information on loan loss provisions and the percentage of
loans that are currently in default.
- Monday, May 14, 2007 Former
Indianapolis mayor joins CapitalSource “Stephen
Goldsmith, who served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis, has
been named director of CapitalSource Inc.’s newly created
infrastructure finance and investment group.”
- CapitalSource Bank Opens 22
California Branches Mon Jul 28, 2008
- My earlier blogpost detailing the firing, with 4 very good links to primary documents. http://rasmusen1.blogspot.com/2009/06/obama-fires-americorps-inspector.html
Nov. 18. I’m adding info on all the board members. The government list is here. This could tarnish all their reputations. Eric J. Tanenblatt is the one to wonder about. Will he speak up? He would be very important whichever side he takes.
- Alan D. Solomont, Chair. Democrat.
- Stephen Goldsmith, Vice Chair. Republican former mayor
.Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Peace Corps
Im. Obama appointed.
(appointed in 2007).
Donated to Repu and Dem incumbents both, up to 2002. Then
no more donations. Her husband, a Florida real estate developer,
donated to Bush in 2004 and
to Romney in 2007, but not to McCain. He has his own private
James (Jim) Palmer.
Bush appointed. $250 to Tom Feeney (R, Flor. in 2005).
Orange County Republican, owns an electric car, Christian, runs a
Stan Z. Soloway Bush appointed. Hillary Clinton donor.
President and CEO of the Professional Services Council, the
principal national trade association of the government
professional and technical services industry.
- Eric J. Tanenblatt the partisan and strong Georgia
Republican Senior Managing Director (not a lawyer) at a big law
firm in Atlanta. Donated to McCain, Romney. Appears to be in
no way an Obama stooge.
- Laysha Ward, Obama
donor. Ward, 40, began her career at Target Corporation in 1991
sales leader for Dayton’s department store and was named vice
president of Community Relations and Target Foundation in
Commentor Steve at VC wrote: “Here are pdfs of
Obama’s letter to Pelosi and Greg Craig’s letter to Sen. Grassley.
For additional information, here are the Acting US Attorney’s letter of
complaint about the IG and the IG’s written
response.” Thank you, Steve! These 4 documents (you
need all of them) go to the heart of the matter.
(1) Has Obama satisfied the statutory requirement? The point of
such a statute is to force the President to come out and give a
reason for the firing so that reason can be publicly discussed. I
think it would be unconstitutional to require him to give a good
reason– he should be able to say, “I fired him because he’s ugly,”
if he wants to. But the statute still has bite, because now people
can criticize the decision. In this case, we can say, “Obama
should not fire an IG just because he doesn’t have the fullest
confidence in him. He admits that he isn’t firing the IG because
the IG did anything wrong– it’s just a matter of Obama’s own
feelings. That’s a stupid reason, and we think the real reason is
something else that Obama can’t defend.”
(2) The only reason not to think this isn’t a gross scandal worthy
of impeachment is the strong approval of two other people:
Steve Goldsmith, former Indianapolis mayor, and the acting US
Attorney Larry Brown (if we do confirm that the President
firing an IG because the IG tried to make sure a political ally was
punished appropriately for fraudulent use of federal funds isn’t
that worthy of impeachment?).
I don’t know about Goldsmith, even though I’m from Indiana.
Any ideas, people? Commentor Kent Scheidegger said that he
knew Larry Brown, and that he is a good guy. Larry Brown is a
career prosecutor, apparently, not a real Bush appointee, so we
don’t know his politics. Mr. Scheidegger, do you know if he’s a
liberal? Does anybody know if he has local or national ambitions
that would be relevant? (becoming the actual US Attorney, for
example, instead of just Acting)
(3) Steve’s the Acting US Attorney’s letter of
complaint about the IG and the IG’s written
response ” are great reading on the substance of the firing,
because they are pro- and con- documents by the people
involved. In particular, read Larry Brown’s letter. After reading it,
I think more than ever that this is a major scandal, if that’s the
best attack that can be mounted on the IG.
Brown’s complaint boils down to saying that the IG has an
opinion on whether criminal and civil violations occurred, the IG
thinks the US Attorney’s office is being slack, and the IG has
made public comment on the case instead of letting the US
Attorney keep it under wraps. Whether the IG is right or wrong,
I thought a big part of his job was to publicize wrongdoing
(though not to prosecute). He has no direct power, after all, just
the power to investigate, refer, and publicize. He couldn’t even
suspend the culprit from getting money from his agency– all he
could do was recommend it to the Americorps political
leadership, who made the decision first to suspend and then to