Monday, October 31, 2005

 

Some questions about Noe's 'friends'

Several days ago we posted our hypothetical list of Tom's friends and 'super' friends. One bit a data that we seem to be inconflict with, at least with the Blade and/or the prosecutors, is over this bit of reporting:
For instance, prosecutors said he gave one conduit $1,750 on Oct. 22, 2003. That person then contributed the maximum $2,000 on the same day.
We've gone thru dozens and dozens of searches of the Center for Responsive Politics database and we can't find a donation from any of the likely parties on Oct. 22. We'd had to suggest that the Drew Crew's or the prosecutor's research skills are worse than ours, so for the time being we'll have to put an asterisk on our list.

Having said that, we got a little laugh from the comments in an AP story from one defense attorney involved with the case who is trying to spin his client(s) involvement as innocent favors among friends:
"It was more, 'If you go ahead and write a check, I'll go ahead and reimburse you when I see you next,'" attorney William Connelly said Friday.

He likened it to providing free tickets to an event to ensure a big crowd. "You want to see the president, that's a big inducement," Connelly said.
We are struggling to get beyond the emotional pain this has caused us because we've yet to find a friend or family member that would provide us with free tickets valued at $2,000 each (excluding of course the great offer we just got from a time-share salesman).

The problem is that a couple of Connelly's clients, Maggie & Sam Thurber, were given $3,750 but apparently thought she could veil the scheme by giving an amount ($3,900) that was slightly different. This suggests that Thurbers may have given some extra thought about how to make the thing look legit, further undercutting the "innocence" of the exchange.

Another thing that troubles us is the timing of when some of the payments were recorded by the Bush/Cheney campaign. If the fundraiser that all of this centers on was held Oct. 30, 2003, why were some of the payments not recorded until five days later?

We are sometimes not very creative, but we cannot imagine a scenario where the tickets for the Bush fundraiser were given out on an IOUs to individuals. We just can't see ticketmaster letting us see the Rolling Stones on a promise that they'd get our check in a week.

Now, maybe Noe had the clout to get the tickets on loan, but certainly not some of the individuals that have been linked to him. So, come on prosecutors, what gives with this stuff? Did Noe provide some collateral to guarantee the payments? We'd sure like to see some of the testimony that the fundraiser organizers provided to prosecutors on the specifics of how the money was handled.

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