Friday, August 22, 2008

On being showered with warm yellow liquid!

Man urinating in Trees, Baton Rouge LA 7/2008
All reproduction rights reserved Wm. Greiner
Dividing along partisan lines, the Federal Election Commission couldn't agree Thursday on whether Sen. David Vitter, R-La., can use campaign money to pay all the legal costs related to his involvement in a Washington escort service scandal.

In a 3-3 vote, with all three Republicans voting yes and all three Democrats no, the commission deadlocked on whether Vitter could use campaign money to pay more than $160,000 in legal fees accrued in monitoring the federal criminal case against Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called "D.C. Madam," and quashing her defense team's subpoenas of the senator. A majority vote is required for passage of a resolution.

Part of the debate centered on whether the expenses were related to Vitter's official duties or status as an elected official. *
*FEC split in Vitter's push for legal fees
Bills top $200,000 in D.C. Madam case
Friday, August 22, 2008 By Bruce Alpert