Thursday, January 12, 2006

 

Kirsanow and Abramoff? Maybe

We noted a few days that Clevelander and hardcore anti-union lawyer Peter Kirsanow recently received a recess appointment to the National Labor Relations Board.

Kirsanow has also been an member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission for several years during which time he actually has gained more fame for provoking enmity towards several minority groups, which apparently qualifies him for vouching for Alito’s civil rights credentials.

Now more stories are surfacing linking Kirsanow’s participation in Project 21:
In 1996, as a member of Project 21, ostensibly a group of Black conservative leaders, Kirsanow supported anti-union legislation in California that was intended to diminish labor's political power.

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According to the Washington Post (December 25, 2005), Kirsanow "served on an advisory board and [did] some writing for a group called Project 21 ... [which] sought to get publicity for the views of conservative blacks, including Kirsanow." Project 21 is a program of the National Center for Public Policy Research (grants), a right wing public policy research group that has been around for more than two decades and is closely connected to Tom Delay.

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The Washington Post report pointed out that the AFL-CIO was questioning whether Kirsanow, "a prominent member" of Project 21, may be connected to Abramoff through their mutual involvement with NCPPR. Abramoff, who was a member of NCPPR's Board of Directors, used the group as a front for a "Scotland golfing junket," and other trips taken by Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), the former House majority leader.

"The center is also reported to have received a $1.07 million donation from Abramoff's client, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians," the Post reported.
"This is really a stretch," Kirsanow responded in an interview with the Washington Post. "I don't know Abramoff, I don't know anything about Abramoff except from what I read in snippets in the paper."
A lot of folks have made the same initial public claim about their closeness to Abramoff only to do some considerable backpedaling.

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