It just keeps getting worse…
CQ broke the story yesterday regarding Democratic Congresswoman Jane Harman of California. The long and short of it is that Jane Harman offered to help get charges of spying reduced on two members of AIPAC, and in return an unnamed “Israeli agent”, whom she was on the phone with, would lobby Nancy Pelosi to appoint her chair of the Intelligence Committee.
The story gets a bit uglier after that, as Harman then agreed to defend the DoJ for the very wiretapping program that caught her in the above events, in exchange for the DoJ dropping their investigation into Harman.
So why am I writing about it? Because the New York Times is reporting that the lobbying consisted of Haim Saban, a longtime AIPAC supporter, threatening to withhold contributions to Nancy Pelosi unless Harman was named Intelligence Chair in 2006. (h/t Gardner). So Haim Saban was the stick in a twisted tale of spying on the U.S., corruption of contributions, and quid pro quo backroom deals for positions overseeing national security.
And Haim Saban was the single largest donor to Terry McAuliffe, donating $251,000 to his campaign last quarter. In his quest to buy the Governorship of Virginia, McAuliffe has solicited an unprecedented amount of funds from such sources as The Donald Trump, the illegitimate father of Liz Hurley’s kid, and a pro-AIPAC lobbyist who attempted to use his extreme wealth to elevate a Congressman to a position where she could reduce charges of espionage against the United States of America.
No wonder Terry McAuliffeis the most disliked of any candidate for Governor. He should immediately denounce Saban and return all of his contributions, and maybe not plan so many fundraisers in Hollywood (unless he decides to run for the Governor of California, instead of Virginia or Florida).