Skip to comments.Shirley Sherrod and the Pigford Settlement semi-scam
Posted on 07/21/2010 10:54:11 AM PDT by dennisw
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Lots of fakers and scammers (can you say reparations?) got in on the Pigford action which is worth ~$50,000 to an individual, the average settlement
This whole thing is orchestrated.
Shirley is solidly "one of them"....them, of course being the enlightened Progressive thugs destroying this nation.
Shame on you if did what Shirley does, and refer to people that way based on skin color!
Hmmm...how many got money? Is it going to farming? We would like to know. I think a BIG can of worms just opened up. Good find!
Did anyone ever think to ask, why the NAACP and the White House was doing something so way out of character?? Few bothered to think outside their vanilla box. (and that's a real estate developer term)
And if you care what I think about yesterday's media crows after one ear of corn .. post #13
I know what the petition says...with the personal attacks made directed to the same link (story) as you posted..with another. ;)
Then in February, the farmers and the Obama administration reached a settlement to pay out an additional $1.15 billion, and President Obama, who co-sponsored the 2008 measure as a senator, included the money in his proposed budget for the 2011 fiscal year.
The amount each farmer will receive will not be determined until all the claims have been vetted, said Andrew Marks, a lawyer with Crowell & Moring in Washington, one of the firms representing the farmers. Some 30,000 claims have been filed, he said, and lawyers expect a significant number of additional claims.
In the 1999 settlement, successful plaintiffs filing basic claims received $50,000 tax free. The money is half what the farmers sought, but the administrations promise of a quick resolution prompted them to accept the deal, Mr. Boyd said.
Congress missed a March 31 deadline set by the administration to provide financing, which would have allowed payments to start by the summer of 2011.
The farmers agreed to give the government an extension through May 31. The House is expected to vote Wednesday on a bill that includes the settlement.
The settlement has strong support across party lines, but some lawmakers are worried that the bills costs have not been offset by corresponding cuts in spending.
If Congress misses another deadline, the farmers can withdraw from the settlement, which most are reluctant to do.
Mr. Boyd suggested that Mr. Obama circumvent Congress and pay farmers out of the same special Treasury Department fund used to pay Pigford claims.
So far, Mr. Obama has deferred to Congress. Some farmers have speculated that the president is shying away from the issue because it involves race. The White House said that was untrue.
The presidents approach to this is not based on the color of skin but because of what is right, said Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary.
Ramona Emilia Romero
[Agriculture Department logo]
Announced: June 25, 2010
* Education: Barnard College, BA; Harvard University, JD
* Ethnicity: Hispanic
* Gender: Female
* Crowell & Moring, litigator
So, we are to believe the color of skin didn’t come into play?
I need to do a lot of reading.
Looks like there’s a dennis here too. My post went through to you without adding the w. Yikes!
Check out google results #3 and #4 for good insight on the Pigford scammers
Hi...check out post #12 for some good stuff on Pigford. I have never seen a post from “dennis”
I second his conclusion that the media and bloggers shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss Shirley Sherrod. Let me start by adding another question to the list. In her position at not for profit, Rural Development Leadership Network, a network of activists and community builder, was Sherrod involved in any way in encouraging people to submit fraudulent claims under Pigford? Did she put black people who owned rural land in touch with lawyers who would file the paperwork claiming attempts to farm had been prevented by the non cooperation of the local USDA?
I ask because there are a multitude of small parcels of non productive rural land all across the south, land unsuitable for mechanized agriculture that was once owned by subsistence farmers, black and white alike. Many of these parcels continue to be owned by family members who moved elsewhere out of sentimental reasons. The property taxes and other carrying costs are cheap and often ancestors are buried there in family plots. A drive on any country road in the South may turn up several carefully maintained postage stamp sized family cemeteries. As I read Blumer, I wondered how many of the owners claimed they had attempted to farm just such acreage to score a fast $50,000 from Uncle Sam?
Bingo...Hold onto this stuff....
Posted by: MBAMichael Jul 21, 07:12 AM
Billions of dollars are being paid out. Many of those filing PIGFORD claims had farm loans that defaulted - apparently, the farmers were bad farmers and/or bad debtors and now want to claim they did not get equal treatment from the government. Many of the claims are from people that participated in the farm loan program 40 years ago. The Pigford matter consumes huge resources from the USDA long past the time the case was settled. USDA employees are not managing agriculture assistance so much as they are now managing a welfare sytem to settle decade-old claims of discrimination from Hispanic, Native American, Female, and Black people.
97cv01978). In response, lawyers from the Pro Bono Com- mittee and the firms of Arnold & Porter and Crowell & Moring recruited some of Washington’s largest law firms: Covington & Burling; Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood; Step- toe & Johnson; Swidler, Berlin, Shereff & Friedman; and Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering. The district court, recogniz- ing the competing demands on class counsel arising out of their representation of multiple claimants in both tracks and at various stages of the claims resolution process, hoped that this added assistance would lift the “heavy burden of Track B litigation from the shoulders of Class Counsel,” enabling them to “focus on the petition [for monitor review] process.” Pig- ford, 143 F. Supp. 2d at 30 n.1.
February 18, 2010
Government Announces $1.25 Billion Settlement in Black Farmer Litigation
Crowell & Moring partner Andrew Marks, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said he looks forward to working with the administration to ensure the necessary funding is provided. We are very pleased that we have been able to reach a settlement that will at long last provide meaningful relief to tens of thousands of black farmers who were the victims of decades of race discrimination by the government, Marks said.
An example of the Third World sack of American wealth.
Major discovery there maggie. Obama put one of the fraud hack PIGSFORDS lawyers in the Ag Department. These people are robbing this country blind! Thanks for the info. Going to share this with a few people.
BTW...isn’t it pure irony that these pigs are lining up at the government trough and the lawsuit name is so fitting! None of these people even had to prove ANYTHING!! That is what is so bad. When you read about this case, it is rift with fraud and our government doesn’t do a damn thing. It makes my blood boil. I have no problem with people seeking genuine redress from our government, but this is a total race card sham and shakedown!
That link deserves a thread of it’s own. I am glad that some bloggers and news people are starting to question this stuff. Some of us on FReepers have been pointing this way since the night this stuff broke.
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