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pantslessprogressive:

” […] homeless families and troubled children were not the biggest beneficiaries of ‘Operation Good Neighbor.’ Instead, the foundation spent most of its money to run itself, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees for fundraising, administration and office rental paid to Santorum’s political allies.
The charity also had significant overlap with the senator’s campaigns and his work on Capitol Hill. Among the leading donors to the foundation were Pennsylvania development and finance firms that had donated to his election efforts and had interests that Santorum had supported in the Senate.
Santorum, whose last-minute surge in the Iowa caucuses has brought new attention to his presidential bid, portrays himself as a common man concerned about the gap between the nation’s rich and poor. But in the case of his charity, his efforts ended up mostly helping his cadre of political friends.
Before it folded in 2007, the foundation raised $2.58 million, with 39 percent of that donated directly to groups helping the needy. By industry standards, such philanthropic groups should be donating nearly twice that, from 75 to 85 percent of their funds.” - Carol D. Leonnig and Dan Eggen
Santorum charity for the poor spent most of its money on management, political friends

pantslessprogressive:

” […] homeless families and troubled children were not the biggest beneficiaries of ‘Operation Good Neighbor.’ Instead, the foundation spent most of its money to run itself, including hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees for fundraising, administration and office rental paid to Santorum’s political allies.

The charity also had significant overlap with the senator’s campaigns and his work on Capitol Hill. Among the leading donors to the foundation were Pennsylvania development and finance firms that had donated to his election efforts and had interests that Santorum had supported in the Senate.

Santorum, whose last-minute surge in the Iowa caucuses has brought new attention to his presidential bid, portrays himself as a common man concerned about the gap between the nation’s rich and poor. But in the case of his charity, his efforts ended up mostly helping his cadre of political friends.

Before it folded in 2007, the foundation raised $2.58 million, with 39 percent of that donated directly to groups helping the needy. By industry standards, such philanthropic groups should be donating nearly twice that, from 75 to 85 percent of their funds.” - Carol D. Leonnig and Dan Eggen

Santorum charity for the poor spent most of its money on management, political friends

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Filed under Oklahoma Democrat Santorum 2012 presidential

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Senator Andrew Rice’s final pieces of advice

To the Republicans at the Capitol: Being entirely dismissive of the minority party’s views is just as toxic to good government as it was when the ruling Democrats did it. Little good comes from single-party rule — regardless of which party is in charge. Don’t become what you used to abhor.

To Republican voters in OKC: Many of you are much more moderate than you realize. This shouldn’t scare you. Oklahoma City’s dynamic growth over the past 20 years has come from a mixture of both conservative and progressive initiatives between city government and the private sector. The day soon may present itself that a centrist Democrat or independent candidate is more in line with your policy positions than a conservative Republican candidate. 

To straight allies of Oklahoma’s LGBT community: The far right in Oklahoma cannot hold back the inevitable evolution taking place in regard to LGBT equal rights across America, even in this deeply red state. But your gay and lesbian sibling, colleague or friend needs you to step up publicly more often and affirm that he or she plays an important role in the mainstream culture and commerce of this city and state.

To Oklahoma Democrats: Despite what many in the local media say about the reasons for the demise of the Democratic Party here, we local Democrats bear little of the blame. What could we have done to stop right-wing talk radio and cable news, political activism from evangelical pulpits, and the political money from Oklahoma’s business community that all have effectively made the Democratic brand unacceptable to the state’s swing voters? I suggest holding your ground in the political middle, while elected Republicans try to outrace each other to the far right.

To public-education reformers: I trust you realize there is no easy fix. But I maintain much of the most important and difficult work to do is outside of the classroom, not inside of it. Kids from low-income families bring to the classroom a host of domestic, emotional and economic problems that can overwhelm even the most dedicated and experienced teacher. Check out Educare in south OKC, and learn how that facility creates stability for the entire family of the student.

To future candidates for the Legislature: Campaigning door-to door is a must. It does not ensure victory, but it’s very hard to win if you don’t do it. It will inoculate you well from your opponent’s attacks, and will build a unique trust between you and your future constituents. Plus, it will provide meaningful memories on those days at N.E. 23rd Street and Lincoln Boulevard when you ask yourself, “Why in the world did I do this to myself and my family?” 

To my constituents: Thank you for entrusting me with the privilege and responsibility of being your senator for six years. I tried to match your fierce, independent-minded spirit in my day-today work. It was an honor to serve you.

And lastly: Go, Thunder!

Andrew Rice is a member of the Oklahoma Senate, representing District 46. He is resigning his seat Jan. 15 to move with his family to another state.

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barackobama:

“The average income of the top 1 percent has gone up by more than 250 percent to $1.2 million per year … For the top one hundredth of 1 percent, the average income is now $27 million per year. The typical CEO who used to earn about 30 times more than his or her worker now earns 110 times more. And yet, over the last decade the incomes of most Americans have actually fallen by about 6 percent.”

—President Obama speaking in Osawatomie, Kansas, yesterday about what he calls a “make or break moment” for the middle class

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Ambition is an uncomfortable companion many times. He creates a discontent with present surroundings and achievements; he is never satisfied but always pressing forward to better things in the future. Restless, energetic, purposeful, it is ambition that makes of the creature a real man.
20-year-old Lyndon B. Johnson, in Southwest Texas State’s The College Star (via pantslessprogressive)

(Source: pantslessprogressive, via moneyisnotimportant)

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OkDemocrats:
The U.S. is ranked as the 23rd most perceived corrupt country in the world.
thedailyfeed:

People believe that the U.S. is more corrupt than Qatar, Chile and Barbados, according to a new report that ranks the U.S. 23rd for perceived corruption. 

The rankings, created through opinion surveys conducted each year, give each of the 183 countries on the list a corruption perceptions index score between zero, the most corrupt, and 10, the least corrupt. With a score of 7.1, the United States — which fell from its rank of 22nd last year as trust in Congress hit an all-time low — is seen as barely less corrupt than France, Saint Lucia and Uruguay.

OkDemocrats:

The U.S. is ranked as the 23rd most perceived corrupt country in the world.

thedailyfeed:

People believe that the U.S. is more corrupt than Qatar, Chile and Barbados, according to a new report that ranks the U.S. 23rd for perceived corruption. 

The rankings, created through opinion surveys conducted each year, give each of the 183 countries on the list a corruption perceptions index score between zero, the most corrupt, and 10, the least corrupt. With a score of 7.1, the United States — which fell from its rank of 22nd last year as trust in Congress hit an all-time low — is seen as barely less corrupt than France, Saint Lucia and Uruguay.

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Filed under Oklahoma Democrat Party Corruption Chart Index 2010

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A Look at NASA's 2012 Budget

OkDemocrats:

Ever wonder what NASA’s annual budget looks like? 

world-shaker:

discoverynews:

The space agency will get $17.8 billion — that’s $648 million less than last year’s funding and $924 million below what the President had asked for. But it’s still better than the $16.8 billion proposed earlier this year by the House of Representatives.

To most people, $17.8 billion is a huge amount of money. And it absolutely is, but not when you’re NASA and have multiple programs and missions to fund.

So where does it all go?

Answer: Not to the shuttle program. We have wars to fight and banks to bailout, people!

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Filed under Oklahoma Democrat Party NASA Budget 2012