#UnravelTheSweater: Fleshing Out the Truth About Rick Santorum

This following guest post was submitted by Colleen Loughmiller. An MRC regular.

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The Vest

Sweats and sweater vest or designer slacks and Polo’s? Who is the real Rick?

Watching and listening to Rick can be uncomfortable. At times he tilts his head, squints his eyes, and raises his voice a full octave. Next thing I know he’s bobbing his head left and right, making me dizzy watching him in a debate or interview. His clean cut boyish face is pleasant to look at, his loyal wife and children by his side — all looking freshly scrubbed and the all-American Family. Yet, something’s bothering me.

His strongly accented words ring with all the right syllables, “I am a consistent conservative and I have always been….,” words I want to hear. He goes on to say that he is pro-life and for a balanced budget.

But I get a nagging feeling in my head that something isn’t quite right. Lately, since his popularity has soared, all kinds of information is available about Rick as he goes through the normal vetting process, information not available to the average voter before.
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Gov Tim Pawlenty: Santorum “A Champion of Pork” + Santorum’s Falsehoods on MA Healthcare

Gov Tim Pawlenty


Thus far in the campaign, Rick Santorum has been tickled to ham up being the one who is above the fray. Well, he wasn’t polling high, hasn’t truly been vetted, and up until his 34-vote win in Iowa, wasn’t getting a lot of attention. Interestingly, Santorum gets plenty bristly-haired during the debates (political pundits note that he comes across as mean), and closer inspection of his record could elicit some real squealing from him.

Yesterday, Governor Tim Pawlenty held an enlightening press conference call which highlighted Santorum’s propensity for pork-barrel spending. Here’s the entire call:

Highlights of the Rick Santorum’s Long History Of Pork-Barrel Spending call:

GOV. TIM PAWLENTY: What I wanted to focus this morning on the notion that Rick Santorum is presenting to caucus attendees in Minnesota and to conservatives beyond that Rick Santorum is really as conservative as those caucus attendees and he’s not. If you look at his record overall there’s a number of things that should be concerning about that record to conservatives. And I’ll just focus this morning on the spending and fiscal aspects of that. Rick Santorum has been a champion of earmarks, when he was both in the House and subsequently in the Senate. He reflected on his time in the House at one point by saying that he is no longer a fiscal hawk. And the reason he cited for no longer being a fiscal hawk is because he wanted to spend the surpluses which is not the philosophy or perspective of somebody that conservatives would look to as a strong, unabashed fiscal hawk. In fact he just admitted and disclaimed that he was no longer a fiscal hawk. And his votes and his behavior in the Congress reflected that drift away from fiscal discipline.

He proudly and enthusiastically embraced earmarking. Some of the more well-known examples of earmarking he supported was the so-called ‘Bridge to Nowhere,’ which was one of the biggest earmark debacles in the modern history of the Congress. He supported things like a polar bear exhibit in Pittsburgh that was federally funding under one of these earmarks. He provided a Philadelphia developer an earmark for a project in the Philadelphia area, and there was a developer that he had some other contacts and associations with. He voted numerous times to raise the debt ceiling and here we as a nation facing fiscal crisis, I mean literally on the edge of the fiscal abyss.

We need a next president who’s been strong and proven in fiscal and spending matters, and we had Rick Santorum voting numerous times to raise the debt ceiling. So, he clearly has been part of the big spending establishment in Congress and in the influence peddling industry that surrounds Congress. He has been part of that. He has been a champion of earmarks, and to hold himself out now as somebody who is an unquestionable conservative in these matters, just is not supported by the facts. So we wanted to call that out this morning as part of his record, part of debate back and forth, and the contrast between these candidates, and Rick Santorum is clearly not as conservative on these matters as Minnesota caucus attendees or Republican or conservative activists and the people who are part of the conservative movement more broadly. So that’s the message we wanted to convey with you this morning, but we also wanted to give you a chance to ask questions or make comments about that topic or others that may be of interests to you, or obviously on the eve of the Minnesota caucuses, as well as other contests around the country tomorrow and the Romney campaign is in full gear as you know and there’s a lot of activity going on, so we’ll be delighted to take your questions on any topic related to those things.

Governor Pawlenty also released this statement yesterday:

“Rick Santorum is a nice guy, but he is simply not ready to be President. Plus, he wants Minnesota conservatives to believe he’s as conservative as they are, but he’s not. As a U.S. Senator, he was a leading earmarker and pork-barrel spender. He described himself as ‘very proud’ of the billions of dollars in pork-barrel projects he championed, and promised to defend the wasteful spending. Even in the face of crushing federal debt, Rick Santorum voted for the infamous ‘Bridge to Nowhere.’ That type of leadership will not help us rein in government and slash the unprecedented federal debt.”

(emphasis added)

Voters need to know about Santorum’s piggy-pork record while serving on Capitol Hill. He loved toting home taxpayer bacon for his state.

By the way, I greatly appreciate Pawlenty’s press conference call and his continuing hard work for Governor Romney.

Disappointingly, Santorum has also been hog-jowled on the campaign trail giving false information about health care in Massachusetts. Click below the fold for a must-read summary from the Romney Press Office:

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Murtha’s CTC Corp

Lots of news making the rounds right now about John Murtha’s earmarks. One familiar recipient is CTC (Concurrent Technologies Corporation). “Corporation” is a bit of a misnomer since CTC is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

Knowing something about non-profits I decided to do a little sleuthing.

First, some information on CTC itself:

  • Ruling year: 1989
  • Assets: $75,491,552
  • Income: $243,960,365
  • No. of employees: not available
  • NTEE Code (categorization code for non-profits): U40 - Engineering and Technology Research

Next Officers, Directors, Trustees, and Key Employees: Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2022

Name Title Compensation
Daniel R DeVos Pres & CEO $503,473
Edgar Berkey VP & CQO $472,535
John B Pursley, Jr Exec VP $411,576
Michael A Katz Sr VP & COO $357,864
Edward J Sheehan, Jr. Sr VP & CFO $346,540
Emil C Sarady Vice Pres $310,747
Frank W Cooper, Jr. VP & CTO $288,933
Jerry Hudson Vice Pres. $254,807
Linda Monzo General Mgr $227,111
Margaret A DiVirgilio Gen Mgr & Treas $225,851
George Appley General Mgr $220,705
Teri S Maguire Corp Secretary $78,671
Henry L Ellison Board Member $5,500
Conway B Jones, Jr Board Member $5,500
Albert L. Etheridge Board Member $4,500
Howard M Picking, III Chairman $4,500
E Jeanne Gleason Board Member $3,500
Lawrence J Rhoades Board Member $3,500
Mark E Pasquerilla Board Member $2,500
John N Crichton Board Member $2,000

Mission

Improvement of the nation’s industrial competitiveness through the effective development and transfer of leading-edge technologies

Programs

Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC) is a national resource committed to assisting industry and government achieve world-class competitiveness CTC is an applied research and development professional services organization that provides m
anagement and technology-based solutions to a wide array of clients representing state and federal government as well as the private sector.

Can anyone interpret that for me?

Now, here’s the kicker:


REVENUE
Contributions $0
Government Grants $212,739,257
Program Services $31,098,761
Investments $122,347
Special Events $0
Sales $0
Other $0
Total Revenue $243,960,365
EXPENSES
Program Services $212,322,790
Administration $25,845,645
Other $1,054,730
Total Expenses $239,223,165
Net Gain/Loss $4,737,200

In short, you the taxpayer gave almost a quarter of a billion dollars to CTC, a non-profit entity, to fund massive salaries for an organization that has a fuzzy mission and now a fuzzier future thanks to Murtha.

Is there some back scratching going on as CBS alleges? Why yes.

  • Daniel R DeVos - CEO, gave $1000 to Murtha 3/2/2022 and $1000 on 8/28/2007
  • Edward Sheehan - CFO, gave $1000 to Murtha 3/9/2021 and $1300 10/26/2007
  • Frank Cooper - VP, gave $1000 to Murtha 3/28/2007 and $200 8/30/2007
  • DiVirgilio - Treasurer gave $1000 to the DCCC

The list goes on and on. More to come…