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Harold *Radioactive Waste* Simmons Is the One that SOLELY Funded the Obama-Ayers Attack Ad
 


23 August 2008 at 5:33:55 PM
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Yarg! Who's Harold Simmons? Well, readers here know that he's the one that wants to dump radioactive waste in Andrews County, Texas via his company Waste Control Specialists. How nice that corporations like the idea of making Texas the dumping ground for US crap. Let's not forget that in 2003 he spent a whole lot of money lobbying the Texas legislature to get bills passed so that he could do that. And also that Sid Miller (Tx House District 59) takes money from him.

In May of 2008 this year TCEQ made a decision about all that ole radioactive waste that also was near, um, people's WATER and WITHOUT A HEARING, approved Mr. Simmon's radioactive waste dumping. (We also remind here that Texas Senator Shapleigh thinks that TCEQ is a lapdog organization for polluters).

Comes as no surprise, then, that the type of person that would put money into pollution with no regard for human life and safety would also be the sole funder of a despicable attack ad.

A campaign finance filing with the Federal Election Commission shows Simmons donated the entire $2.8 million being spent by a newly formed group, American Issues Project, to air the commercials.

The ad explores Obama's relationship with Ayers, now a University of Illinois professor who more than 30 years ago co-founded the radical Weatherman group. The spot points out that the Weather Underground detonated a bomb in the U.S. Capitol. Ayers spent years on the run. He surrendered in 1980, but charges against him were dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct.

Now here's a factcheck from the Washington Post. (written while Clinton was still in the running)

The only hard facts that have come out so far are the $200 contribution by Ayers to the Obama re-election fund, and their joint membership of the eight-person Woods Fund Board. Ayers did not respond to e-mails and telephone calls requesting clarification of the relationship. Obama spokesman Bill Burton noted in a statement that Ayers was a professor of education at the University of Illinois and a former aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley, and continued:

Senator Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of the Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence. But he was an eight-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost forty years ago is ridiculous.

In the short term, the person who has most to gain by speculation about Obama's acquaintance with a former terrorist is Hillary Clinton. The former First Lady likes to present herself as "tested and vetted" after years of exposure to Republican attacks, in contrast to Obama, a relative newcomer to hardscrabble presidential politics. Such arguments resonate with Johnson, the counterterrorism expert, who told me that he is a Clinton supporter, although not involved with the campaign.

But the Obama-Ayers link is a tenuous one. As Newsday pointed out, Clinton has her own, also tenuous, Weatherman connection. Her husband commuted the sentences of a couple of convicted Weather Underground members, Susan Rosenberg and Linda Sue Evans, shortly before leaving office in January 2001. Which is worse: pardoning a convicted terrorist or accepting a campaign contribution from a former Weatherman who was never convicted?

Seems to me that Mr. Simmons has his own set of ethical problems to worry about, although, perhaps, to him, much like with McCain, if you have enough money to influence outcomes, you have enough money to smear your opposition.


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