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  • EDITORIAL: Obama team honors Walpin-gate transgressor

    06/11/2010 1:22:07 PM PDT · by opentalk · 4 replies · 316+ views
    Only in the Obama administration would a public official sanctioned for a form of malfeasance be honored as a speaker by the same organization that sanctioned him. It helps, of course, when he is a self-proclaimed Friend of the First Couple. It also doesn't hurt that the administration already found it politically convenient to fire the inspector general, Gerald Walpin, who blew the whistle on his misdeeds.Still, the public should consider it a brazen affront for this administration to feature Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson as a key speaker at a major conference sponsored later this month by the Corporation for...
  • Walpin Is Cleared

    11/24/2009 5:54:55 PM PST · by Kaslin · 62 replies · 3,315+ views ^ | November 24, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Oversight: After an unjust firing and campaign of character assassination, the former AmeriCorps inspector general has been cleared of acting improperly. Now where does he go to get his job and reputation back? On June 10, Gerald Walpin was fired with one hour's notice as the watchdog of AmeriCorps in violation of a federal law requiring Congress to be given a heads-up 30 days in advance. He then fell victim to a campaign of character assassination. When pressed for a reason for the sudden and improper dismissal of a federal watchdog, the White House responded with a letter to Sens....
  • The Smearing of Gerald Walpin

    06/18/2009 5:43:26 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 19 replies · 1,677+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 19, 2009 | Investor's Business Daily
    Oversight: If the White House really believes that AmeriCorps' inspector general was "confused" and "disoriented," how about open congressional hearings where the American people can see for themselves?The storm that erupted after the firing with one hour's notice of Gerald Walpin, the inspector general overseeing AmeriCorps, has not died down. Pressed for an explanation as to the reasons for the firing and why the law requiring Congress to be given notice and reasons 30 days in advance was not followed, the White House has resorted to old-time Chicago-style political smears.
  • "Did Obama Admin Ignored Sexual Misconduct?"

    11/20/2009 4:35:15 PM PST · by hoguenews · 8 replies · 723+ views
    Hogue News ^ | November 20, 2009 | Eric Hogue
    More allegations that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was protected by the Obama Administration released today. Did the Obama Administration cover-up sexual misconduct charges for Mayor Johnson, in order to save his election, and the Capitol City millions of federal dollars? A joint report released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Finance Committee Republican offers new insight into the political maneuvering at the White House to remove the Inspector General for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Gerald Walpin and revealed explosive allegations (see pages 24-30 of Just Released Walpin Referral Document) of...
  • FBI e-mail investigation fingers White House?

    06/18/2009 3:21:39 AM PDT · by Man50D · 64 replies · 2,545+ views ^ | June 17, 2009
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun looking into a dispute that is linked to an AmeriCorps money scandal that has fingers pointing all the way up to the White House because of President Obama's dismissal of an inspector general who was on the case. According to a report in the Sacramento Bee, acting U.S. Attorney Lawrence G. Brown has confirmed the agency is looking into the "circumstances" regarding the alleged destruction of e-mails regarding a dispute over the handling of money at Mayor Kevin Johnson's "brainchild" St. HOPE Academy, which had been investigated after allegations that public funds were...
  • The White House Fires a Watchdog: The Curious Case Of The Inspector General And A Presidential Ally.

    06/16/2009 7:38:01 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies · 852+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | June 16, 2009
    June 17, 2009 The White House Fires a Watchdog The curious case of the inspector general and a Presidential ally. President Obama swept to office on the promise of a new kind of politics, but then how do you explain last week's dismissal of federal Inspector General Gerald Walpin for the crime of trying to protect taxpayer dollars? This is a case that smells of political favoritism and Chicago rules. A George W. Bush appointee, Mr. Walpin has since 2007 been the inspector general for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees such subsidized volunteer...
  • Seeking Answers on IG Firing, Sen. Grassley Asks About Possible Role of First Lady's Office

    06/15/2009 9:34:21 AM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 24 replies · 1,359+ views
    ABC News - Political Punch ^ | June 15, 2009 | Jake Tapper
    In an email and fax sent late Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, demanded that Alan D. Solomont, the chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service, provide "any and all records, email, memoranda, documents, communications, or other information, whether in draft or final form" related to President Obama's firing of CNCS Inspector General Gerald Walpin. Walpin had investigated Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's community service organization, St. HOPE Academy, which confessed to misusing AmeriCORPS grants. In April of this year, St. HOPE Academy agreed to pay a $423,836.50 settlement -- $72,836.50 of which would be paid personally by Mayor Johnson....