Thursday, September 22, 2005

Feds Investigate Dems' Obtaining Steele's Credit Report

BALTIMORE -- Federal prosecutors have opened an inquiry into allegations that two Democratic National Committee employees illegally tapped into Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's credit history.

WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported the workers obtained the report in July while executing opposition research on the lieutenant governor.

In June, the Republican lieutenant governor announced he had established an exploratory committee to explore a candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

"Lt. Gov. Steele was extremely disturbed to learn about the alleged criminal identity theft of his personal finance records by (a staff member of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,) at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

The million dollar question...will the Democrats and particularly Chuckie Schumer pay a political price for this. They are spinning it as two inexperienced rogue employees being totally responsible, we all know better. It's amazing how an indictment can loosen up ones lips, hopefully the person(s) who are truly behind this can be identified.

Update: Katie Barge, one of the senior research officials with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee who resigned after it was discovered that she and another woman may have illegally obtained the credit report of Maryland Lt. Governor most recently worked at Media Matters for America. She is a seasoned political operative also having worked for the failed presidential campaign of John Edwards.....this according to Source Watch.

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