The Rural Patriot

September 15, 2006

Eric Massa at St. Bonaventure

Filed under: Eric Massa,Iraq War — theruralpatriot @ 7:38 pm

(Print article from Olean Times Herald; not available on-line at the time of this posting.)

(Update:  On-line article now available: War in Iraq a strategic blunder, Massa tells St. Bona audience)

Congressional candidate Eric Massa spoke at St. Bonaventure University yesterday.  Topics discussed included the Iraq War, the Patriot Act, Election Reform, and Health Care.

Democracy cannot be built at gunpoint in a world region where American democracy is not widely accepted, he said.

Mr. Massa said it is America’s moral imperative to demand solutions to national issues instead of arguments.

“No politician in the U.S. has the right to tell me I’m un-American because I disagree with George W. Bush,” he said.

“If we destroy the Constitution of the United States of America in an effort to try to protect it, then we have lost,” he said.  “Is this country worth fighting for, or do we surrender to an unprecedented power grab…when the powers they seek don’t make us secure?  I’m not ready to surrender just yet.”

Massa wants “clean” election reform; of the $700,000 he has raised so far for his campaign, no contributions have come from American corporations.

(Eric Massa will also be attending and speaking at the Citizens’ Hearing on Health Care, tomorrow, 10:00 am at the Allegany-Limestone school auditorium.)

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5 Comments »

  1. I have heard before that Massa accepts no “corporate money,” but the Federal Election Commission says otherwise. Just look at his latest FEC report, at http://www.fec.gov. An outfit named DMJM-Harris gave him $1,000 and they are a corporation. Look at the others such as Susan Hogan, who worked for MZM corporation, the defense contractor implicated in the bribing of a congressman, or the money from “business development” people at Lockheed Corporation and Raytheon. Granted in the case of the latter three this is probably personal money, but no one can argue me out of the conviction that their interest is furthering the corporation’s interests. That’s what “business development” means. At any rate, the DMJM money is a direct violation of whatever pledge he has taken, and he should give the money back.

    Comment by Bud — September 15, 2006 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  2. Yes, let’s look at the FEC site. Here are donations to Massa from committees. That’s where corporate donations go:

    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_give/2005_H6NY29168

    There’s not a single donation from a corporation. DMJM-Harris does not appear.

    How about donations from individuals?

    http://query.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/can_ind/2005_H6NY29168

    Nobody who works for DMJM-Harris has donated (and even if someone did, that’s different from a corporate donation), nor has anyone even named “Harris” donated.

    Bud, you’re full of it.

    Comment by rottenchester — September 16, 2006 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  3. Thanks for point these out, Bud. We are researching the donations, and if we find that one is indeed from a corporate PAC, the contribution will be returned.

    Mike Williams
    Communications Director
    Massa for Congress

    Comment by Mike Williams — September 16, 2006 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  4. No need to be nasty about it, Rottenchester. Look at FEC report number 236287, which reports the following:

    DMJM+HARRIS PAC
    605 3rd Avenue
    New York, New York 10158
    08/23/2006 1250.00

    1250.00

    and then Google DMJM. It’s a corporation. Thanks, Mike Williams, for your civilized reply.

    Comment by Bud — September 16, 2006 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  5. Bud, you’re right. I didn’t mean to cause offense.

    Here’s what happened: The FEC candidate summary pages that I used apparently aren’t updated with all of the data from the pre-primary reports, even though they say they are current through 8/23 (the pre-primary deadline) and even have later donations (e.g., 8/30/2006).

    So, sorry for the misunderstanding.

    Comment by rottenchester — September 16, 2006 @ 5:30 pm | Reply


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