Congressman Turner admits he’s for sale

One of my father’s favorite jokes goes like this:

A guy walks up to a starlet in a bar and says “Will you sleep with me for a million dollars?”

She says “but of course, darling”

Then he asks if she’ll sleep with him for a dollar. She replies- “What kind of woman do you think I am?”

And he says “we’ve already determined that, now we’re just haggling over the price.”

And so we have Congressman Mike Turner who was a star when getting earmarks for one of his prime supporters, through their PAC, NCR- and had just got them another $2.9K- but, now, he has taken it back and suggested they buy a Congressman in Georgia instead:

Earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner happily requested $2.9 million in federal money for NCR. Then came the bombshell earlier this month: NCR was pulling out of Dayton and moving its world headquarters to Atlanta, Ga.

Turner, like other lawmakers from the state, got mad, sending out the obligatory press release expressing surprise and disappointment about the decision.

Then he got even.

Turner, R-Centerville, last week took the unusual step of rescinding the very earmark he’d requested in the House Defense Authorization bill, pulling the earmark out of the bill just as it was about to pass the House of Representatives.

The earmark, which would have allowed the House to spend $2.9 million, would have helped NCR evaluate new low-cost sensors and near field communication technologies that could be used across the Air Force supply chain management system. It was recommended by the Dayton Development Coalition and passed out of the House Armed Services Committee last week. When Turner, a member of that committee, realized it had passed, he took action.

“I’m not going to support NCR pulling jobs out of Dayton, Ohio and championing them getting more federal funds,” he said.

He said over the past five years, he and retired U.S. Rep. David Hobson, R-Springfield, worked together to get $5 million in earmarks for the redevelopment and cleanup of old NCR properties. No more.

He said the $2.9 million was aimed at encouraging an NCR-Wright-Patterson relationship.

“Obviously, if they want federal funds, they’re going to have to go to a congressman in Georgia now,” he said.

via Mike Turner giveth to NCR, Mike Turner taketh away.

If this doesn’t prove how corrupt our system is, I’m not sure what does. Either NCR was the right company to help our military track its inventory, or it was just another sweetheart deal to keep Bill Nuti fat and happy on his $2K an hour salary. It’s time our tax dollars were managed a little more professionally. We’ve already seen how Turners wife and her aptley named “Turner Effect” overcharged the Dayton Development Coalition for the laughable “Get Midwest” campaign on her no-bid contract, and how she has done work for the Home Depot PAC and the Army Corps of Engineers with her GSA schedule. Is being a Congressman just an excuse to be paid off for favors? If you are Mike Turner- it sure seems like it.

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11 Responses

  1. Jeff June 28, 2009 / 6:49 am
    Excellent post, David, and a nice contrararian view to the DDN commentariat.   This defense earmark thing is quite corrupt where Turner is concerned…the connections between his campagn contributors and earmarks are pretty transparent. 

    Either NCR was the right company to help our military track its inventory, or it was just another sweetheart deal to keep Bill Nuti fat and happy on his $2K an hour salary.

    Or to keep Turner larded with campaign contributions.   With the Dayton Development Coaltion acting as window-dressing to make it look “legit”?   There the ones who pick the earmark candidates.

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  2. David Esrati June 28, 2009 / 8:07 am

    Thanks Jeff- I guess I went a bit easy on him- thanks for re-pointing out the DDC connection.

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  3. Greg Hunter June 28, 2009 / 9:58 am
    It is funny because NCR really did not try very hard to get Military work at WPAFB.  Think about the graft for those that do.

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  4. Teri Lussier June 28, 2009 / 10:36 am
    >If this doesn’t prove how corrupt our system is, I’m not sure what does.

    It’s astounding in its obviousness. I am naive about politics but I know from integrity, and Turner’s blatant declaration of a complete lack of integrity is stunning.

    I don’t believe I’m different from most folks- we want to believe in the people we send to represent us. We want to believe that our representatives are good people. It’s painful to see this kind of crap over and over and over. It hurts all of us… Geez. I do sound naive, don’t I? Sad.

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  5. Jeff June 28, 2009 / 2:34 pm
    I went back to the FEC database, and it turns out NCR PAC gave Turner around $29K since 2002 (his first run). 

    In the recent past contributions have been dwindling.

    2005:  $10,500
    2006:  $4,500
    2007:  $1,000
    2008:  $1,000

    Apparently Bill Nuti didn’t personally contirbute to Turner.  But you can see how the “investment” dimished during the Nuti era.

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  6. David Esrati June 28, 2009 / 3:07 pm

    Gil Williamson also cut back- from being a huge supporter, on down.
    Still, for the millions for cleanup of their site- it was a damn fine investment.

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  7. Gene June 28, 2009 / 4:50 pm
    Big deal. Every politician is for sale.

    Heck DE, you have a donation link on this site – even you can be bought.

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  8. David Esrati June 28, 2009 / 6:38 pm

    Well Gene- since you mention it, I do have a donation link, why don’t you use it?
    Surely, you get value from my forum here.
    However, if you ever expect any favoritism from me when I’m elected, you need to quit drinking now.

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  9. Gene June 28, 2009 / 7:36 pm
    I will never quit drinking. That I can promise you.

    Actually, I think you may be one of a few politicians that can avoid playing the favoritism card.

    Part of why I have voted for you in the past is bc at least I don’t think you doing it for your self interest. I disagree with you on plenty of topics, but I would rather have someone in office with whom I disagree yet listens to people than a person who I am political allies with but  is corrupt, or even just a little corrupt.

    I sent you cash via snail mail.

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  10. Mistaken November 5, 2009 / 6:11 pm
    He said “However, if you ever expect any favoritism from me when I’m elected, you need to quit drinking now.” LOL
    Guess we’ll see ya in four years.

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  11. David Esrati November 5, 2009 / 6:14 pm

    @mistaken- you are making an idiot of yourself.

    First- hiding behind a pen name-

    second- the next city commission election is in 2 years, not four- and there may be one earlier if Dean Lovelace steps down.

    You’re not cute- smart or funny. Why don’t you go try to comment on Nan or Joey’s sites.

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