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Menendez: Reimbursed donor
$58.5K for 2 trips

Associated Press, by Pete Yost

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Posted By:JoniTx, 1/30/2013 10:16:36 PM

WASHINGTON- Sen. Robert Menendez´s office says he reimbursed a prominent Florida political donor $58,500 for the full cost of two out of three trips on the donor´s plane to the Dominican Republic. There was no public disclosure. Menendez spokeswoman Tricia Enright says the New Jersey senator paid for the two trips out of his personal account, so there were no reporting requirements. Details of Menendez´s trips emerged as his office said unsubstantiated allegations that the senator engaged in sex with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic are false.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dipi, 1/30/2013 10:33:04 PM     (No. 9149607)

I wonder if that includes the other $300 or $400 unpaid bill to the prostitute.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: annie xango, 1/30/2013 11:14:49 PM     (No. 9149648)

Ummmmm,isn´t that a LOT of $$$ for 2-3 plane trips (which is it Sen.Menendez??)

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/31/2013 5:14:36 AM     (No. 9149780)

So Menendez, servicing under-age prostitutes wasn´t so cheap, was it?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/31/2013 5:39:16 AM     (No. 9149792)

Well, we knoew eventually the media would circle the wagons for Melendez and everything he did is made to look harmless.

He even conveniently doesnt have to show the actual reimbursement to the donor which I seriously doubt even happened. This shouldn´t excuse the fact that he took a donor funded trip to begin with.

There´s plenty of prostitutes in this country that would have serviced Melendez´s depraved impulses but not underaged ones for the most part.So he gets his kicks with minors,something a republican would get lynched over.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: LadyVet, 1/31/2013 5:42:14 AM     (No. 9149796)

I did not realize that Menendez was so rich that he could blow $58,500 for a couple of trips to a prostitute. This sounds like someone laundered some money through his account and that it went back to "pay" for the trips. Who ever heard of a politician paying his own bills out of his own pocket??

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 1/31/2013 6:52:25 AM     (No. 9149877)

I am so weary of these people and their nefarious shenanigans. What we need is a really good House Banking Scandal or a House Post Office Scandal...either one or both would be fine. However, it must catch both Democrats and Republicans or it will never make the news.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/31/2013 6:59:45 AM     (No. 9149881)

He didn´t pay the girls so as far as he knows, it isn´t prostitution. That´s his story and he´s sticking to it. They were attracted by his shear Senatorial sex appeal.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 1/31/2013 7:16:56 AM     (No. 9149893)

Look, look - - I don´t know what the fuss is about.

Menendez had huge wads of illegal campaign funds whenever he went to the Dominican Republic. So there´s no way in the world that he would stiff those underage prostitutes.

Leave the guy alone - - those little girls were paid IN FULL.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 1/31/2013 7:41:50 AM     (No. 9149944)

I find everything about this nonstory-story disgusting, from the girls´ minor ages, to Menendez´s greasy fat face (not necessarily in that order).


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Reply 10 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 1/31/2013 8:16:54 AM     (No. 9150039)

And... does Mrs. Menendez buy his story?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mikeyt64, 1/31/2013 8:53:31 AM     (No. 9150123)

Great reporting AP. When did he pay? Why diod he pay? Why did he go? Was it against rules....at any time? Like other posters say, How does he have $58k siutting around. How much are we paying these a-holes that they have this much disposable income?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: stablemoney, 1/31/2013 9:04:50 AM     (No. 9150151)

There needs to be ethics hearings on Menendez and possible referrals for criminal prosecution. Where does Menendez get $58,500 for plane flights from a Senator´s salary? There are a lot of questions and the Senator needs to placed under oath.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/31/2013 9:08:50 AM     (No. 9150163)

Last time I checked - Sex Tourism was a federal crime. It doesn´t matter who paid what.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: bob913, 1/31/2013 9:31:34 AM     (No. 9150209)

58,500 is MANY plane flights
Not just 2.
I do not think Dominican Republic teenage girls cost that much.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mikeyt64, 1/31/2013 9:35:57 AM     (No. 9150223)

Sad part is, even if he is indicted and dismissed a bigger scum bag will be found in Jersey to take his place.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Cardsfan, 1/31/2013 9:39:38 AM     (No. 9150238)

I´m sure he´ll be retiring soon to "spend more time with his ´family´ "

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 1/31/2013 9:45:10 AM     (No. 9150251)

Just asking a question here, but why is the whole Republican party branded anti-woman when candidate Todd Akin SAYS something idiotic, yet the media is ho hum when an elected Senator in office actually pays underage women for sex?

Yes I know the answer. And I thought I couldn´t loathe the Kneepad media any more......

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Reply 18 - Posted by: knarfski, 1/31/2013 9:52:52 AM     (No. 9150266)

Maybe he should use the Hillary defense: What difference does it make.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/31/2013 10:09:46 AM     (No. 9150305)

Doing jobs American underage protitutes won´t do ... oh wait...

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Reply 20 - Posted by: planetgeo, 1/31/2013 10:39:42 AM     (No. 9150380)

It´s the new Menendezcare service.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: RancherJack, 1/31/2013 11:05:35 AM     (No. 9150449)

Even the scandals are puny under Obama

Wilbur Mills - chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee was involved in a traffic incident in Washington, DC at 2 a.m. on October 9, 1974.[3] His car was stopped by U.S. Park Police late at night because the driver had not turned on the lights. Mills was intoxicated, and his face was injured from a scuffle with Annabelle Battistella, better known as Fanne Foxe, a stripper from Argentina. When police approached the car, Foxe leapt from the car and jumped into the nearby Tidal Basin in an attempt to escape. She was taken to St. Elizabeth´s Mental Hospital for treatment.

Despite the scandal, Mills was re-elected to Congress in November 1974 in a heavily Democratic year with nearly 60% of the vote, defeating Republican Judy Petty. On November 30, 1974, Mills, seemingly drunk, was accompanied by Fanne Foxe´s husband onstage at The Pilgrim Theatre in Boston, a burlesque house where Foxe was performing. He held a press conference from Foxe´s dressing room.

Republicans can´t hold a candle to the sheer lunacy, debauchery and stupidity of Democrats.

And can´t get elected, either.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: capt scurvey, 1/31/2013 11:07:12 AM     (No. 9150457)

Somewhat credible until I got to the "out of his personal account" part.

Democrats don´t do that.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Reality, 1/31/2013 11:21:05 AM     (No. 9150496)

His personal money, or graft from his campaign stash?

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Davids918, 1/31/2013 11:21:18 AM     (No. 9150497)

#23, I agree.

I doubt it was a check he wrote out of his own personal account either.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: EnsignO´Toole, 1/31/2013 11:37:46 AM     (No. 9150531)

Why didn´t he claim he went to Haiti on fact-finding trips to see how the U.S. could assist with their recovery projects after the 2010 earthquake? It´s on the same island of Hispaniola and all he would have had to do was drive to the other side of the island to go prostituting with more up-scale prostitutes.

While this may be off-topic, doesn´t it boggle the mind at the difference between Haiti and the Dominican Republic? When I substituted for a 9th grade science teacher last year, we studied the reasons for the devastation in Haiti vs the seeming stability of the Dominican Republic. Haiti has cut down most of its trees and the DR hasn´t. It´s amazing to view the border between the two countries from the air.

Long-story, short - Menendez is either very arrogant or very ignorant if he thought he wasn´t going to get caught. I agree with #17 - he will probably be retiring soon to "spend more time with his family".

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Lonestar Jack, 1/31/2013 11:49:28 AM     (No. 9150561)

I would like to see the date on those checks -- if they really do exist. Did his wife cosign the checks>

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Reply 27 - Posted by: jimmiet, 1/31/2013 12:47:56 PM     (No. 9150693)

Underage girls are children. Where is the moral outrage that Mr Menendez demonstrated when he was posing as an opponent to sex trafficking in the halls of the senate. This evil man is making laws and frolicking with children. Washington is sicker, more evil than Hollywood and I didn´t think that was possible.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Okie 52, 1/31/2013 1:51:53 PM     (No. 9150800)

I think AP misreported and dropped the decimal point. I believe the correct figure is $585.00, or less than $600. Menendez rips off his friends as well as his hookers.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: steveracer, 1/31/2013 3:47:16 PM     (No. 9150989)

Listen at this point what difference does it make. I am sure by now all the girls are of legal age. No harm was done. Old man Teen girl, it happens. Easy work for the girls no question. Now if he were Republican that would be different kettle of tuna ....

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Rafter, 1/31/2013 5:46:47 PM     (No. 9151154)

#22, good one, I enjoyed your recounting of a fine chapter in DimWitz history.

I was in DC for that one, although not involved, just near enough to catch
the drift.

Your retelling was almost complete... but not quite.
Allow me to interject...
She was no ordinary South American stripper.
She was "Fanne Fox, the Argentine Firecracker!!"
Proper billing for the lady, and credit where credit is due.

And recall that during that era, the diminutive gent from Oklahoma, Rep. Carl Albert, was Speaker of the House. He was infamous for banging his Korean secretary at the office (cops witnessed it).

So the full account of the wreck of the automobile at the Tidal Basin included
the additional observation --
"The Speaker was in the glove compartment."

Poor Wilbur... he was a notorious Good Ol´ Southern alcoholic.
Most infamously he gave an expert detailed explanation of U.S. tax policy once at a hearing or the White House, and later didn´t recall being there, he was so stone drunk.
Hence our complicated, convoluted tax code, it seems.
Wherever the word "Hic" appeared... it wasn´t Latin. It was... (sic).

Now, for this Menendez piker.
It will take a very Special Prostituter indeed to settle this fine mess.
Say, maybe...
BillyBoob Klintoon?
(speaking of sex-aholics from Arkansas)

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Donna M, 1/31/2013 7:34:30 PM     (No. 9151327)

He´s explained it, it´s a private affair, not public funds, he´s divorced and a Democrat Senator from NJ. Move on. (S/O)

Seriously, exactly nothing will happen. And those who are waiting for Krispy Kreme Kristie to do something will be waiting a long time. Here´s the phone call:

"Yo Chris, this is Barack. Remember those Sandy funds we voted for NJ? And that party at Springsteen´s house?"

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/31/2013 8:04:03 PM     (No. 9151382)

Mendi and Algore et al are two peas in a ppod.

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is "looking" at banning the sale of tobacco at military installations. According to one military publication, Hagel appears to support it. "As the Navy considers banning tobacco sales on all bases and ships, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave a strong endorsement of the review Monday, and suggested that he would be in favor of a ban," reports Stars and Stripes. “I don’t know if there’s anybody in America who still thinks that tobacco is good for you,” Stars and Stripes quotes Hagel as saying. “We don’t allow smoking in any of our government buildings. Restaurants, states, [and]

Sarah Palin Continues to Discredit Herself
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Commentary Magazine, by Peter Wehner    Original Article
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Sarah Palin continues to act in ways that confirm some of the more negative things said about her. For example, she’s taken to Facebook to attack the most recent budget plan by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.(Snip)Whatever differences Ms. Palin may have with the Ryan plan–and perhaps she’ll take the time to offer an actual critique of if rather than a Facebook entry with lots of upper case words–it’s hardly a joke. But what might elicit a roll of the eyes is comparing Ms. Palin’s views now versus what they were nearly four years ago. Consider this: On December

Harry Reid Now Spreading Baseless Claim
that Koch Brothers Don´t Pay Corporate Taxes

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Weekly Standard, by John McCormack    Original Article
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Senate majority leader Harry Reid has a whole page on his official Senate.gov website devoted to revealing "THE FACTS ABOUT THE KOCH BROTHERS." One of the alleged facts promoted on Reid´s website is that the Kochs do not pay any corporate taxes: “They are known for bankrolling conservative, Libertarian and Tea Party causes and became poster boys for corporate tax reform last year when an Obama Administration official suggested Koch is organized as an S Corp. and so pays no corporate level taxes.” The claim that the Koch brothers don´t pay corporate income taxes was first made by former White House official

Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests
in birth control makers

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Associated Press, by Sam Hananel & Judy Ausuebel    Original Article
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Washington - The company leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under the new health care law offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. has a 401(k) plan featuring several mutual funds investing in pharmaceutical firms that produce intrauterine birth control devices, emergency contraceptive pills and drugs used in abortion procedures, according to Labor Department documents and a review of fund portfolios. (Snip) “This is the height of hypocrisy,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in a


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