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Richardson Donor Linked To Ed Rendell

By Wyatt Earp | January 7, 2009

<i>You're a crook, Ed. You know it. We know it.</i>

You're a crook, Ed. You know it. We know it.

Los Angeles financier David Rubin – the man who cost Bill Richardson a position in the Obama Cabinet – is apparently linked to Pennsylvania Governor “Fast Eddie” Rendell.

Rubin is not exactly just “a guy from the neighborhood,” either. He gave lots of money to Rendell’s campaign, and was later appointed to the governor’s transition team. Isn’t that interesting?

HARRISBURG, Pa. – January 6, 2009 — A campaign donor who is the target of an federal investigation that forced New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to withdraw from consideration for U.S. Commerce secretary also gave generously to Gov. Ed Rendell’s campaigns.

David Rubin gave $40,000 to Rendell’s campaign committees between 2001 and 2005. His Beverly Hills, Calif.-based company, CDR Financial Products Inc., also continues to hold a $45,000-a-year contract as an adviser to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority.

Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo says questions about the contributions to the governor are “much ado about nothing.” (H/T6ABC)

Really Chuck? Then why, in late 2002, did Governor-Elect Rendell appoint David Rubin to the Governor’s Transition Team?

Doesn’t anyone find it odd that a man who gave $40,000 to Rendell’s campaign committees starting in 2001 suddenly gets a lush appointment from the governor less than two years later? And in the same vein, why does Rubin still hold a $45,000 job as an “advisor” to PHFA?

Much ado about nothing, Governor? It looks like pay-to-play to me.

Topics: Politics | 11 Comments »

11 Responses to “Richardson Donor Linked To Ed Rendell”

  1. Old NFO Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Lemme see- dontates $40K, gets $45k/yr job… Sounds like a profitable dontation to me :-)

  2. Morgan Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 2:40 am

    This is what I call a Now Isn’t That Interesting moment. Richardson, Blagojevich and now Rendell; which Democrat governor is next, I wonder?

  3. USA_Admiral Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 6:33 am

    The dirt/shit just keeps getting thicker.

    Will it stick to President elect?

    It has been a rough ride on the corruption scene and inauguration day is a week or so away.

  4. Randal Graves Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Eddie’s a crook, plain and simple.

  5. Maggie Mama Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Rendell’s old politics like Mayor Daley … Philly is a close #2 to Chicago.

  6. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Old NFO – Yeah, for Rubin, business is booming!

    Morgan – Please be New Jersey’s Jon Corzine!!!

    Admiral – It’s everywhere anymore, but these morons still plead their innocence right until their jail cell closes.

    Randal – Truer words were never spoken.

    Maggie Mama – We would have overtaken them if John Street could have been elected to a third term.

  7. AJ Lynch Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    This guy Rubin is supposed to be a debt expert meaning he would help the state get the best loan deals.

    But Interest expense on state debt has increased to $905 Million per year under Fat Eddie. It was $349 Million in Tom Ridge’s last year.

    So a fair person might say Fat Eddie has really screwed up the state’s long-term debt.

  8. AJ Lynch Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 2:30 pm


    Much as I dislike Fat Eddie, I don’t think he is a crook. I think he just likes to control everything especially govt money and how it is spent.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    AJ – You’ll think he’s a crook the day after he gets out of office and the local media runs the stories about him. Luckily for me, I already know them . . . and you wouldn ‘t believe them if I told you.

  10. AJ Lynch Says:
    January 7th, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks Wyatt . I really hate the fat SOB so I can’t wait to hear the stories. Why does the media love him so much? Is it just because he and they are both liberal pukes?

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    AJ – Because he fawns all over them, that’s why. And believe me, the stories are true and very scandal-worthy. It’s just that the local media won’t touch them, and the national media won’t bother until he runs for a national post.