View Article  John Spencer Has Solutions For Upstate Economy

SHOW ME THE JOBS!

SPENCER BLASTS CLINTON ON “EMPTY PROMISES”

John Spencer, the Republican and Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate, called on Senator  Hillary Clinton to explain her failure to create jobs for the residents of upstate New York.

At an afternoon news conference in Binghamton, Spencer, the former Mayor of Yonkers noted what Clinton hasn't delivered to New York State.

"Six years ago you promised 200,000 new jobs for New Yorkers…you failed and now you owe the voters an explanation”.

Just 48 hours earlier Senator Clinton had visited Binghamton to speak at a venture capital symposium as a part of her re-election campaign.

Spencer had the following to say about Clinton's "empty promises" on economic development.

"Senator Clinton, when it comes to job creation you have a lot of explaining to do. Six years ago you promised 200,000 new jobs for New Yorkers…you failed and now you owe the voters an explanation. The junior Senator doesn’t seem to get it; high taxes and onerous government regulations kill jobs. Tax cuts and a level playing field spurs job creation and grows the economy.”

John Spencer has described his success in Yonkers as a potential model for cities throughout Upstate New York.

During two terms as Mayor of New York’s 4th largest city, Spencer cut the municipal Income Tax Surcharge and the Real Estate Transfer Tax by 66%.  Spencer jump-started waterfront development, creating a business friendly environment that attracted new investment and brought in new jobs.

Spencer continued:

“Six years ago Senator Clinton made empty promises to the residents of Binghamton and upstate New York and now she must be held accountable. Just like her friend, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, Senator Clinton is a tax and spend liberal. Clinton and Silver are two “peas in a pod” in that they’ve never met a tax they didn’t like or a regulation they didn’t embrace. We must stop the exodus of jobs out of New York State to Pennsylvania, Ohio and points south. We must take the steps needed to make New York competitive once again.”


"We must stop the exodus of jobs out of New York State to Pennsylvania, Ohio and points south.  We must take the steps needed to make New York competitive once again."


 

View Article  Clinton and Silver: Two Liberal Peas in a Pod

Today in the Southern Tier, John Spencer also has this observation about Senator Clinton and New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Bill O'Reilly of FOX News once described Albany's ruling Democrat as "the worst politician in America."

"Just like her friend, Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, Senator Clinton is a tax and spend liberal," said Spencer. "Clinton and Silver are two “peas in a pod” in that they’ve never met a tax they didn’t like or a regulation they didn’t embrace."

View Article  Clintons and Dubai: How much has Glover Park netted Hillary Clinton?
Columnist and former Clinton political surrogate Dick Morris and Eileen McGann detailed today -- in The New York Post -- what could be millions of dollars in conflicted lobbying dollars from the emir of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

From last week's New York Post (9/21/06):

Emir's a Gusher For Bill and Hillary

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann

With each new disclosure, Bill and Hillary Clinton's connection between the emir of Dubai, Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, seems ever more intimate.

Last February, Sen. Clinton was out front in condemning DP World, a Dubai government owned company seeking to take over key operations at American ports.  But, at the same time, Bill was advising the emir to hire his former press secretary, Joe Lockhart, to get the deal approved.

Back then, Lockhart denied working for the emir.  And when Bill's role became public, Hillary claimed that she had no idea that he had any involvement in DP World issue.

Now, it turns out that the emir's Dubai International Capital Corp. hired Lockhart's company, Glover Park group, by last April to help with another U.S. deal -- a takeover of two defense firms (Besides Lockhart, Glover Park's partners also include Hillary's chief political gurus, Howard Wolfson and Gigi Georges.  Dubai paid the firm $100,000 for its services.)

Oddly, the lobbying came through a California law firm -- Morrison, Foerster.  One of that firm's partners is Raj Tanden -- whose sister is Neera Tanden, Sen. Clinton's former legislative director and still a top Hillary advisor.

No six degrees of separation here.

Did Hillary know about the lucrative lobbying contract that her husband's patron and friend, the emir, gave (via her aide's brother's law firm) to her chief campaign consultants?

Did her own top consultants tell her about their Dubai deal?  Did they ask her permission?  We don't know.

Hillary's office claims that Glover Park never lobbied her on either Dubai issue.  But Newsday reports that it did contact other New York critics of the port deal:  Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Peter King.  Why wouldn't they contact Sen. Clinton, too, given her objections?  Maybe they don't have to because Bill delivers on those issues at home.

The relationship between the Clintons and the emir has long been too close to avoid scrutiny.

Something is driving up Bill and Hillary's net worth pretty dramatically.  In 2003, Sen. Clinton disclosed assets of at least $352,000 but less than $3.8 million.  By 2005, she was declaring assets in the $10 million to $50 million rane.

What caused the jump?  It might have been Dubai.

* Clinton is a top advisor to Yucaipa, an investment company run by billionaire Ron Burkle, which, through a subsidiary, got to manage the emir's investment portfolio shortly after Clinton joined the firm.

* Clinton gets a flat fee from Yucaipa and a share of the profits on the foreign investment fund it manages.  (Hillary's Senate disclosure form notes only that Bill gets more than a $1,000 a year in compensation from this.)

* The emir gave an undisclosed donation to the Clinton Presidential Library -- but it must have been hefty:  The library set up a Clinton Scholars program for young people from the Arab nation, the only such program it runs.

* Bill Clinton has twice given speeches in Dubai for close to $500,000.

The close ties to the emir may cause problems for the Clintons.  The sheik turns out to be not such a nice guy.  Just last week, a group of parents filed a class action lawsuit against him and his brother in federal court in Miami, claiming that they conspired in a scheme that "abducted and trafficked thousands of small boys from South Asia and Africa to the United Arab Emirates and other Arab states and enslaved them to work as camel jockeys, camel trainers and camel tenders."

The suit says that "boys as young as two years old were stolen from their parents, trafficked to foreign lands, and put under the watch of brutal overseers in camel camps throughout the region."

It's time for the financial relationship between the Clintons and the emir to be fully disclosed.  There are too many questions and conflicts here that need to be sorted out.

View Article  Spencer Calls For More Disclosure On Dubai From Senator Clinton

John Spencer, Republican and Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate, agreed with what Dick Morris said last week in The New York Post about Senator Clinton and her husband's lack of disclosure on Dubai.

"It's time for the financial relationship between the Clintons and the emir of Dubai to be fully disclosed," said Spencer. "There are too many questions and conflicts here that need to be sorted out."

 

View Article  Clinton "White House In Exile" Lobbies For Dubai

The Glover Park Group

"...It underscores the awkwardness of Clinton's political kitchen cabinet being housed inside a firm that features one of Washington's most aggressive and fast-growing lobbying operations."

 

Clinton aides had hand in Dubai deal

BY GLENN THRUSH

Newsday Washington Bureau
September 14, 2006

WASHINGTON -- In the spring, when Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was denouncing the Dubai Ports World deal, a consulting firm run by her top advisers was quietly lobbying for a Dubai takeover of two U.S. defense plants, Newsday has learned.

The Glover Park Group, whose principals include Clinton insiders Howard Wolfson, Joe Lockhart and Gigi Georges, was paid about $100,000 to help the government-owned Dubai International Capital Corp. in its acquisition of the British engineering firm Doncasters Group Ltd.

The four-month lobbying effort apparently didn't include any contact with Clinton's office. "They [Glover Park] didn't have contact with us on either" of the Dubai deals, said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.

View Article  Spencer Calls On Clintons To "Come Clean" On Terror

SPENCER: “STOP THE THEATRICS”

CALLS ON CLINTONS TO “COME CLEAN” ON TERROR

John Spencer, the Republican-Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate, today called on Senator Hillary Clinton and her husband to “stop the theatrics and come clean with the American people”.

Spencer was referring to the former President’s finger wagging during an interview with Chris Wallace of FOX NEWS and Senator Clinton’s comments on Tuesday.

John Spencer said:

“Once again President Clinton is wagging his finger with righteous indignation and once again Hillary Clinton is rushing to his defense. This act is getting old and the American people realize it. The time has come to stop the theatrics and come clean with the American people. President Clinton had 8 years to wage a war on terror and he’s right; he failed. Prior to 9/11 President Bush had 8 months and during those 8 months he was dealing with intelligence services and a military that were demoralized and under-funded by 8 years of the Clinton rule.

President Clinton had opportunities to deal with Osama bin Laden in both Sudan and Afghanistan and he squandered those chances. Senator Clinton has opposed NSA wiretaps and the Patriot Act. She has attacked the actions of our military and the intentions of our Secretary of Defense. All this, in a cynical attempt to return the Clinton name to the White House. If the Clintons truly want to defeat Terror, they should back our President, not attack him.”