Wednesday, July 11, 2007

IPA's bounty to politicians: $923,269

Cal Skinner asked me in the comments the other day how much the controversial business consulting firm International Profit Associates of Buffalo Grove, IL. has given politicians in campaign contributions. The answer is $923,269 from the company and its executives to state and federal candidates.

I've written extensively about the company, whose trail of public documents tells a tale of sex, fraud and politics. Draw your own conclusions why the Democratic Attorney General of Illinois, Lisa Madigan, has investigated IPA for four years looking for fraud, and, despite 175 complaints in her own office and more than 400 from the Better Business Bureau and a wide-ranging civil RICO lawsuit, among many other private fraud actions, has done nothing.

Notable unreturned donations
Hillary Clinton $150,000 including ride on IPA corporate jet in 2004
John Edwards $6,000
Democratic National Senatorial Committee $86,000
Democratic National Congressional Committee $32,500
John Kerry $47,500
Melissa Bean, U.S. House, $23,700
Ted Kennedy $2,000
Rod Blagojevich, Illinois Governor $25,000
Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General $20,750
Dan Seals, Congressional candidate, $8,400
Jan Schakowsky,U.S. House, $2,000
Chris Lauzen, Illinois State Senator $77,650

Notable returned
Barack Obama, $2.000
Rod Blagojevich, Illinois Governor, $195,200
Andrew Cuomo, New York Attorney General, $20,000
Jim Doyle, Wisconsin Governor, $10,000
Peg Lautenschlager, former Wisconsin Attorney General, $25,000
This list does not include donations from IPA's lawyer, Myron "Mike" Cherry, deemed by the news media to be "Individual H" in the Tony Rezko indictment. Cherry was on the host committee of a recent Hillary Clinton fundraiser in Chicago and he raises and or donates money to many Democrats, including the slow-on-the-draw AG Madigan.

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