Another “Fake” Scandal

April Sands aka "@ReignofApril", "Obama girl"

April Sands aka “@ReignofApril”, “Obama girl”


From the Department of You Can’t Make This Shit Up:

Republicans are investigating another Obama administration official who played politics on the job but escaped prosecution when the Federal Election Commission recycled her hard drive before evidence could be recovered.

April J. Sands resigned her position as an FEC attorney in April 2014 after investigators confronted her with tweets she sent and a video interview she conducted during work hours, advocating for the election of President Barack Obama and other Democratic candidates – and asking people to contribute to their campaigns.

When the FEC’s Office of Inspector General began the process of filing criminal charges, however, it found that the agency had destroyed her computer’s hard drive before it could be seized.

[…]

Following an investigation into her partisan political activity, Sands admitted to the FEC’s Office of Special Counsel that she had violated the Hatch Act, a federal law banning partisan politicking by most government employees, and agreed not to seek employment in the federal government for two years.

The special counsel wrote that she had ‘posted dozens of partisan political tweets, including many soliciting campaign contributions to President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.’

She also ‘participated in a Huffington Post Live internet broadcast via webcam from an FEC facility, criticizing the Republican Party and then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney.’

An FEC attorney who is still employed by the agency told MailOnline on Monday that Sands was known in the agency as ‘the most enthusiastic pro-Obama lawyer we had.’
‘Everyone called her Obama girl,’ said the lawyer, who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on the record.


In case you missed it, Ms. Sands was an ATTORNEY. Some people can plausibly claim ignorance of the law (not that it is any excuse) but an ATTORNEY working for the FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION can reasonably be expected to know about that that obscure legal technicality known as the Hatch Act.

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But wait! There’s more!

The Oversight Committee press release notes that Sands worked for former IRS official Lois Lerner when Lerner served as the FEC’s Associate General Counsel for Enforcement: “It is unclear whether Sands ever communicated with Ms. Lerner after Lerner moved to the IRS; however, the Committee is aware that Ms. Lerner maintained communication with some former FEC colleagues. Ms. Lerner even apparently shared information protected by section 6103 of the tax code with the FEC.”


I’m sure that’s just a coinky-dink.

Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee is demanding documents and information from the FEC regarding this new mysterious hard drive destruction. You know what that means – this is another “fake” scandal being whipped up by the GOP and Fox News.

#NotASmidgenOfCorruption


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125 Responses to Another “Fake” Scandal

  1. The Klown says:

    Remember Peggy “Obama’s gonna pay my mortgage” Joseph? She’s not so happy with Obama these days:

  2. The Klown says:
    • elliesmom says:

      Why wouldn’t the Clintons do this? It’s obvious nobody cares about ethics anymore. I just got through reading the New Yorker article about the teachers’ cheating in the Atlanta school system. I’d like to think the teachers I worked with wouldn’t do that. Maybe I’m lucky our scores were good enough I didn’t have to find out.

      • leslie says:

        You are lucky the teachers in ATL didn’t take over the city. Here in Chgo, Karen Lewis, head of the Chgo Teachers’ Union, may run against Rahm for mayor. (If she does, it may have been set up by Rahm.) Ms Lewis, and the CTU are not held in high regard here and Rahm’s numbers are hovering around bronco’s numbers.

  3. The Klown says:
  4. The Klown says:
  5. The Klown says:

    It will never pass but I’m voting for it.

    • Lulu says:

      You never know. I think all kinds of things might pass right now. Obama importing a bunch of new serfs is freaking people out. Although I think California would be divided up into principalities rather than states. The Grandee of Los Angeles, Head Poobah of Siliconia, The Countess from Marin all sound very doable and I think already exist in some form or another.

    • DandyTIger says:

      There’s one big question, what happens to water rights across new state lines? Also, that would be quite a few new Dem senators if that happened. But still, I’d vote for it too if I were still living there.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Cali probably has a better chance ending up here…… (wink, wink)

      https://twitter.com/ColorMeRed/status/488736021467516928/photo/1

    • 49erDweet says:

      If you spend any time dealing with state agencies in CA you’ve already discovered they vary widely region by region. It’s already several states except tax money is sent to the middle of nowhere.

    • Constance says:

      Nice idea, then the west coast can get some political representation. I think we need two Washingtons and Two Oregons also. All those little tiny states on the east coast dominate the Senate, this is a good way to give them a run for our money and have some policy that is relevant to our western needs.

      • elliesmom says:

        If you compare Washington and Oregon to the east coast states, Oregon is already over-represented in the Senate and Washington is just about average. If you grant voting rights based on land area, they come in way ahead, but not on population. In the Senate, it’s the western half of the country that has more voting clout than it deserves. If you think the western states aren’t getting proper representation, then you need to send different people to congress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_congressional_apportionment#mediaviewer/File:2010_census_reapportionment.svg

        • lyn says:

          Montana had political clout with Mike Mansfield and later Max Baucus. I don’t know if its population has reached a million yet.

          • elliesmom says:

            I have no problem with people calling out Northeast liberals for their elitist attitude. I live here, and it drives me nuts, too. But we aren’t over-represented in our government. It makes more sense to divide New York in two if we’re talking about “fair representation” than Washington or Oregon. Pelosi is from California, Reid from Nevada, Boehner from Ohio, and McConnell from Kentucky. The closest thing the Northeast has to a political powerhouse at the moment is Joe Biden.

          • lyn says:

            So true. LOL about Biden.

          • WMCB says:

            Actually, the power of the Northeast, if it exists, is more cultural and academic than political. Why be a tawdry politician when you can indoctrinate the leaders and head the think tanks guiding those tawdry politicians?

          • Constance says:

            Sorry based on culture and industry both Oregon and Washington should be divided into eastern and western states. The west has fishing and industry, the eastern part of WA is farm country. The east and west part of the state has very different needs and different cultures and political leanings.

        • Constance says:

          That is very true we do need to send different people to Congress. Some problems we have is the government is on the eastern edge of the country and not a lot of people want to commute to work that far away. And the east culture is vastly different than our western version of American culture for instance the west has elected women to office for many years and the western media has covered women candidates fairly, so we were horrified in 2008 with the sexism that the eastcoast media aka the “National Media” heaped on Hillary and Palin and really most women who ran for any office. If our local news media treated women candidates in that manner they would be firebombed and their windows would have protests written on them in etching paste. Also we have a problem of elected reps to the Federal government going native once they hit the East Coast. They are so far away for so long they forget what is important to us.

        • Constance says:

          Large parts of the Western states are owned by the Feds (they like to keep a lot of property for nuclear dumps, etc that are far away from important population centers) so if you want to go by land mass you should subtract out the parts of the state held by the Feds.
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanford_Site

          • Constance says:

            Yikes! I better go to bed. I meant if you want to go by population density you should subtract out the parts of the state that are owned by the Feds because no one can live there. Sometimes because they have polluted the land so extremely that nothing can live on it. Sometimes because the Federal regulations don’t allow it.

    • driguana says:

      Just about gets us to the 57 states that Obama once talked about.

  6. driguana says:

    The biggest fake scandal of all is the election and re-election of Barack Hussein Obama. Well, maybe that’s not a fake scandal after all.

  7. DandyTIger says:

    There’s only one way all these scandals could be fake, that is if the whole administration is fake. Wait…

  8. The Klown says:

    That’s just the child support for his Ohio baby mamas.

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  10. WMCB says:

    Read this shit. It’s Orwellian. And with that, I’m off to the periodontist. Yay.

    • elliesmom says:

      I wonder how much more of this stuff is going on that we just don’t know about? The point in the article where it talks about what happens when the administration changes and the next one blocks abortion clinics from having bank accounts seemed to missed in some of the comments.

      • WMCB says:

        Probably much more. One of the most insidious ways in which modern America is becoming so totalitarian is that power is diffuse and hidden in a humongous bureaucratic state. Who, specifically, is accountable? There is obvious oppression, but as for holding anyone accountable, it’s like trying to grasp mist. Many persons/areas of govt can be accused of contributing to malfeasance, but no one is actually responsible. Blame can be deflected in a hundred directions, because there are innumerable hands in every pie. It’s nothing so simple as a single ruler, or even small set of rulers, being a domineering tyrant – that would almost be easier to resist/correct.

  11. The Klown says:
    • Constance says:

      The Israelis and Palestinian populations must be war weary. I hope when this conflict ends they can move this long standing problem forward. Since the Israelis value their homeland they should understand that the Palestinians would desire a homeland. And if the Palestinians had the responsibility of governing they wouldn’t have so much time to stew about other people and plot. I’m not saying there is a perfect solution but surely the status quo can be improved on.

      • elliesmom says:

        Don’t the Palestinians essentially have all of the rest of the Middle East already?

        • Lauren says:

          The Palestinian Hamas elected government is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.They are far from “war weary”, in fact they thrive on war and celebrate it regularly. What the Palestinians’ “desire” is what they have expoused and acted on for the last 40 years+ :Drive the Jews out of Israel by any means through terror/violence. What exactly does Israel nseed to understand? The left wing pro-palestinian propaganda machine has been spewing Jew hatred, yes “actual” anti-semitism and lies for years. It’s so not about land or a homeland. And that’s a cold hard fact that the left refuses to admit.
          Can you imagine if Hamas utilized all that money(pouring in from Iran) and resources to actually improve the status of their population instead of arming it (and harming it)?? Bread not Bombs, peace, love, understanding,solutions? Why don’t the vile left progs preach that to Hamas and the idiots who support them in Europe and the U.S.? I’m so sick and tired of the demonization of Israel and the Jewish people. I’m not sitting around confused and pondering my navel about “solutions” that don’t exist (because the Arabs only have one solution). At least i know who the enemy is and whos side I’m on.

          • Mary says:

            Well said!!

          • Constance says:

            I’m not a prog or a liberal.

            “Can you imagine if Hamas utilized all that money(pouring in from Iran) and resources to actually improve the status of their population instead of arming it (and harming it)??”

            Yes I can imagine that and that is precisely what I was talking about. In the above statement YOU are considering the Hamas government as separate from “their population” I think the population is probably war weary.

            “I’m so sick and tired of the demonization of Israel and the Jewish people.”
            I have also never said Israel should not defend themselves those are words you keep tossing out. Let me be clear, I think Israel should defend their population. And frankly I don’t see how anyone could misconstrue my wish that the situation move forward as demonization of Jewish people.

        • Constance says:

          In western categories Palestinians probably do have all the rest of the Middle East, but if you want to get to the bottom of an ongoing conflict we should let them self select into what groups they think they are. Kind of like Muslims might say Catholics, Protestants they are all Christians right? And yet Protestants and Catholics do not consider themselves members of the same group or religious culture.

          • 49erDweet says:

            we should let them self select into what groups they think they are

            “We” have nothing to do with it. They’ve already “self selected” and they’ve quite obviously chosen to reject living as an Arab inside the nation of Israel. That’s their right. They apparently wish to be Arabs living in Gaza. They’ve also chosen to live among bombardment and command and control complexes being targeted for destruction. That is also their right, but not very safe to do. If they wish to reassess their choices and change them at any time, they are free to do so. The only people preventing them from living peacefully with their neighbors is Hamas. Maybe you should be talking to Hamas?

  12. lildoggy4u says:

    Has Lois Lerner been arrested yet? Why not!

  13. DeniseVB says:

    Gay Patriot went there, yes he did 😉

  14. elliesmom says:

    It’s too bad Tony Soprano’s dead. Electing him in 2016 would have been an ethical step up.

  15. The Klown says:
  16. Somebody says:

    Hard drive failures seem to be an epidemic with the government lately. It’s odd usually the higher ups get all the new equipment and their old stuff is recycled or passed down to someone down the food chain, so the odds of so many failures is even less than one might initially think. Perhaps congress needs to look into the contractors since they seem to have sold the government a huge batch of defective equipment.

  17. Somebody says:

    BTW April Sands resigned her position in April 2014, do we know if in fact she actually retired?

  18. DeniseVB says:

    Sarah’s latest Ninja Stars…….

  19. The Klown says:
    • The Klown says:

      I don’t like Dick and didn’t/wouldn’t vote for him, but this is just a bullshit stunt that Code Pink has tried repeatedly (unsuccessfully) in the past. What would she have done with Dick if she got her hands on him?

      • DandyTIger says:

        Has Code Pink done the same with Obama or any in his administration?

        • Mary says:

          Course not. They could easily handcuff Obama for drone killings, but they won’t. Chickenshits.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Ugh, Code Pink. My last experience with them was in Times Square in March. They had a gaggle of protesters screaming about their right to an abortion and something, something vaginas. Very crowded with tourists and children visiting the Disney characters that hang out there also. 3 year old granddaughter was with us, ahhhhh baby’s first street theater and protest. The screaming antics of the Code Pink “ladies” certainly held her attention more than Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear.

    • The Klown says:

      CRAZY CODE PINK WOMAN TRIES TO GRAB DICK:

  20. DandyTIger says:

    I’ll just leave this here.

    • votermom says:

      Hymens are mythical and so are STDs because science!

    • elliesmom says:

      At what age does she think still being a virgin is an assault on feminism? Can we wait until we’re 10 or 12 before girls need to actively seek out a sexual partner to strike a blow against the patriarchy? Because nothing says “I’m sexually empowered” better than being a slut in middle school.

      • Lulu says:

        I’m sick and tired of feminism being used to justify and rationalize self destruction behavior. What the hell is next? You aren’t really a feminist until you have an STD? Would open sores be enough to satisfy this mental case? Sex at too early an age has been demonstrated over and over to be harmful physically and mentally as well as developmentally for BOTH sexes. Just shut up rationalizing why you feel bad that no one gave a shit what you were doing to yourself when you were very young. It is pathetic.

  21. The Klown says:

    THIS IS PRICELESS!!

  22. gumsnapper says:

    Does this lady have anger issues? Whataya think?

  23. The Klown says:

    Every Obama Speech Ever:

  24. Lulu says:

    I just went to have my tires serviced in my neighborhood super tire center. I sat next to a very nice guy doing the same thing. He is very disturbed by the border thing. He came from Mexico thirty years ago legally and became a citizen. He learned English in Mexico and became what we would call a vocational nurse so he could get a work visa and a decent job. With study and hard work he is now the head of cardiac nursing at our local mega hospital. He suggested that the local crop of border jumpers wants “permissos” so they can run back and forth across the border. If you don’t have it you risk being sent back if caught coming back into the country. For some that means loosing a job but for many it means benefits suspended when they can’t waltz (his term) back in. He said they like to “summer” with grandma when school is out. He also thinks the adults have no interest in citizenship. He thinks anyone can do what he did in some way but the current hordes don’t want to bother or wait until they are twenty four with some skills or learn any English. We should have legal immigration but make it clear that they have to have something to offer the society besides being victims.

    • DandyTIger says:

      What does he think this is, a sovereign country? Jeeez, some people. /s

    • cynic says:

      This is quite true. I have a friend that teaches at a school with a high Hispanic population, and she told me this a year ago. I was unaware of it, and I thought they all wanted to become citizens.

      • Lulu says:

        Some do but apparently most don’t which is why they don’t assimilate. Nice super nurse guy said they like to use the US as a ATM and go back and forth and lord it over others on long visits. Remember the Tsarnaevs did that a lot. Are you really a refugee if you keep going back to be threatened and mistreated as they claim?

        • leslie says:

          ^This^ is what some of the women I now work with are arranging for their relatives who remain in Mexico. I mentioned it a couple of threads ago. Here to apply for benefits, get medical care and return home. They come here every year 2-3 times every year. But the family members here who are here legally, are angered at the illegals. They seem to think what their family members are doing – with their assistance – is different.
          *shaking head*

      • elliesmom says:

        One of the most difficult things about teaching ESL classes is the teachers and the kids work hard all year to get the kids fluent in English, and then they return to their home country for the summer and only speak Spanish. When they come back in the fall, it’s almost back to square one.

    • DeniseVB says:

      A few years ago I went on a Carribean cruise with some girlfriends and needed a passport, which I couldn’t get in time. Cruise Lines said that’s okay, just bring a photo i.d. and your birth certificate. Of course I asked why I needed it for just bouncing around some port bars and shops. Oh, you don’t need it to do that, just to get back INTO the U.S.

      I guess that’s why this border invasion has me vexed.

  25. Mt.Laurel says:

    Well isn’t April special. And a racist. And, Is there such a thing as a heterophobe? If not, we should thank her for such an excellent example supporting the addition of such a word to the dictionary.

    Was little April in school with BO or MO? Because she seems to have a very similar (lack) of understanding of law. Maybe they thought they were all stydying from “Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity”*.

    *http://www.physics.nyu.edu/faculty/sokal/lingua_franca_v4/lingua_franca_v4.html

  26. The Klown says:

    Matt Walsh:

    Just yesterday, Eric Holder informed ABC that there is “racial animus” in his political opposition. This, only a couple of months after Obama told the New Yorker “there’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.”

    The idea of a black president.

    He phrased it correctly. It is truly just an idea, considering Obama is a half-white Harvard millionaire, raised by his white mother and white grandparents.

    But it’s his skin color that upsets us, he says. If everything was the same, and all events unfolded exactly as they have, we would surely all be in the midst of a 6-year-long fit of ecstasy if only the president’s complexion more closely resembled his maternal side. It’s the darker hue of his pigmentation that perturbs us, not that he used the IRS like a wing of his re-election campaign, or that he shows no regard for the law, or that he sends his DOJ after journalists, or that he lies like he breathes, or that he arms terrorists and drug dealers, or that he left our ambassador to die in Benghazi, or that he spends more tax money funding Planned Parenthood than any other president, or that he deliberately stoked race riots in Florida after the Trayvon Martin incident, or that he’s bungled every single foreign policy decision, or that he pushed a disastrous health care law through Congress, and did so under blatantly false pretenses, or that he pretended to be a civil liberties candidate and then went on to expand the surveillance state more than anyone before him ever did. Our distaste couldn’t be fueled by these factors or any other. We would all be jumping for joy over every last one of these high crimes and misdemeanors, but it’s the shade of his epidermis that spoils the party. Right?

    Right.

    People in this nation are suffering. We’ve watched the most corrupt, scandal-plagued administration in history lie, cheat, and steal for half of the past decade. We can only endure the aftermath while this incompetent hector and his merry band of micromanaging bureaucrats continue to bankrupt us and undermine our laws, yet Obama and Holder have the audacity to position themselves as the victims? Still? Still? Years and years of kicking us around like donkeys, and these two crooks still trot out the Race Card simply because some of us haven’t learned to love the abuse?

    Then comes the news today that the DOJ will be launching a thorough investigation, not into the IRS for targeting conservative groups, or Solyndra for taking millions of tax dollars and then closing up shop, or the CIA for spying on Congress, but into a Nebraska 4th of July parade for criticizing the president. No, this is not satire. This, my friends, is our sad reality. The Attorney General sits off at a distance while government agencies feast upon a luscious buffet of felonies and constitutional crimes, finally leaping into action when someone makes a ‘racist’ parade float. A parade float.

    Lord help us.

    That was just the intro to his main thesis.

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks,
      Brilliant, sad and true.

    • WMCB says:

      Great piece. Walsh, what I’ve read of him, strikes me as thoughful and scrupulously honest, even in areas where I think his conclusions (or rather, his underlying axioms contributing to those conclusions) are flawed. Rather like Walter Russell Meade on the left, he strikes me as an observer, not merely an ideologue.

      “Observers” used to be called “journalists”. They have never been entirely bias-free (none of us are), but the attempt to be truthful and analytical was at least there.

  27. driguana says:

    I can hardly wait for this. Seems a part of his plan for martial law….in say about 4 months…..get ready.
    http://clashdaily.com/2014/07/orwellian-president-obama-wants-power-address-entire-nation-tv-radio/

  28. driguana says:

    forgot about this scandal….first saw Easy Rider in Paris in 1970 and didn’t know you were supposed to tip the usherette a few centimes….boy was that a scandal…http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/07/15/easy-rider-stars-lifelong-feud-over-money

  29. DeniseVB says:

    Oh dear, my boys were born at this hospital …… small world ….. the immigrant children have reached Ventura County “facilities”.

    http://freebeacon.com/national-security/outbreak-on-the-border/

  30. Lulu says:

    How much of Obama’s spite and inaction on immigration has to do with his father being kicked out of this country? Dad kept exceeding his student visa, marrying twice and divorcing once, and was thrown out. How much of this is really about that action which “separated” him from his dream father?

    • leslie says:

      We can make it up as we go along. The bottom line is he clearly does not care about America or Americans. It seems. OTOH, you may be right as this is a man who carries grudges a very long time until he believes his actions have provided him enough (whatever that means) satisfaction.

  31. elliesmom says:

    I’ve been doing a “blogaround” at some of my old leftie haunts. The consensus seems to be the reason why these kids need to flee their homes is the US went into Central America and created the poor conditions they have been forced to endure. Since it’s our fault, we need to let them in. I say we do it, but on the condition their parents surrender all parental rights, and the kids are legally adopted by US citizens. We’ll “rescue” the kids, but they don’t become “anchors” for other family members. Anyone over 15 goes back home. Then parents who are willing to be selfless enough to give their children away with nothing in return for themselves will have a way to do that. Jewish families who sent their children away to save them didn’t expect anything except life for their kids because the threat was real. We’d quickly see which parents really fear for their children’s safety and which ones want a nose under the tent for themselves.

    • votermom says:

      I say we do it, but on the condition their parents surrender all parental rights, and the kids are legally adopted by US citizens.

      Yup. That was one of my first ideas too. The15yo limit is good (though I’d make it 12yos)

      • Lulu says:

        And no money sent back home. These kids who are really young adults in the culture they are leaving are expected to send money home to support the extended family who stay. They are being farmed out for rich people’s cheap labor just like in their home countries. Same boss different country.

  32. The Klown says:

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