I’ve made exactly 2 posts about the Plame game and I’ve been flooded with comments about how little money Fitzgerald has spent vs Ken Starr investigating Whitewater. I knew the robobats (moonbats that spew talking points on command) got their information somewhere so I was not too surprised to see one of the Kos Kids had a post.
It was from “Armando” who is my favorite Kos Kid. (OK he is the only one whose name I know) When I get the complete moonbat stuff from Kos it is a sure thing Armando is the one who got them going. He’s most famous for his post “proving” the Dan rather documents were real. I’m still laughing over that one. Anyway let’s get to the point.
The best number we have from Fitzgerald is that thru Feb 2005 he spent $723,000. Considering that is for 15 months of work and 9 more have passed, it’s a pretty safe bet he’s spent about 1.25 million by now. (after all he keeps “expanding” the investigation 😉 For that we have exactly one indictment and no convictions. And the indictment had nothing to do with the case, it was a Martha Stewart indictment.
The left loves to whine about Ken Starr Spending $30 million. (They say 40 million but that number includes what other governmental agencies spent, we don’t have that number on Fitz so I’ll keep apples and apples for now.)
Forget indictments for now, how many CONVICTIONS were produced from Whitewater?
1) Webster Hubbell: Bill Clinton friend and political ally; Hillary Clinton Rose Law Firm partner: embezzlement; fraud; two felony convictions (Wall Street Journal “Whither Whitewater?” October 18, 1995)
2) Jim Guy Tucker: fraud; three felony convictions (Wall Street Journal “Second-Term Stall” February 11, 1997; Associated Press “Tucker Pleads Guilty to Cable Fraud” February 20, 1998)
3) William J. Marks Sr.: Jim Guy Tucker business partner; one conspiracy conviction (Associated Press “Whitewater Defendant Pleads Guilty” August 28, 1997)
4) Jim McDougal: Bill and Hillary Clinton friend, banker, and political ally: eighteen felony convictions (Wall Street Journal “Immunize Hale” May 29, 1996)
5) Susan McDougal: Bill and Hillary Clinton friend; former wife of Jim McDougal: four felony convictions (Wall Street Journal “Immunize Hale” May 29, 1996)
6) David Hale: Bill and Hillary Clinton friend, banker, and political ally: two felony convictions of conspiracy and mail fraud (Wall Street Journal “The Arkansas Machine Strikes Back” March 19, 1996)
7) Chris Wade: Whitewater real estate broker; two felony convictions (Wall Street Journal “Hard Evidence From a Federal Investigator” August 10, 1995)
8) Stephen Smith: former Governor Clinton aide; one conviction (Wall Street Journal “Hard Evidence From a Federal Investigator” August 10, 1995)
9) Larry Kuca: Madison real estate agent; fraudulent loans (Wall Steet Journal “Hard Evidence From a Federal Investigator” August 10, 1995)
10) Robert Palmer: Madison appraiser; one conspiracy felony conviction (Wall Street Journal “Hale Predicts Hillary Conviction” October 21, 1996)
11) Neal Ainley: Perry County Bank president; embezzled bank funds for Clinton campaign; two misdemeanor convictions (Wall Street Journal “Arkansas Bank Shot” May 4, 1995)
12) John Latham: Madison Bank CEO; bank fraud conviction (Wall Street Journal “Smoke Without Fire” January 12, 1996)
13) John Haley: attorney for Jim Guy Tucker; misdemeanor guilty plea; tax fraud (Associated Press “Tucker Pleads Guilty to Cable Fraud” February 20, 1998)
14) Eugene Fitzhugh: Whitewater defendant, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of trying to bribe David Hale; is appealing a ten month prison sentence (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Whitewater Defendants” February 22, 1998)
15) Charles Matthews: Whitewater defendant, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of bribery, served fourteen months of a sixteen month prison sentence (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Whitewater Defendants” February 22, 1998)
So Ken Starr spent about 2 million per CONVICTION and so far Fitzgerald has spent around $1.25 million for a single indictment. –AND had Clinton not been President he would have been convicted for obstruction of justice and perjury too, making it 16 convictions.– As as May 1998 2 more had hung juries and there were 6 more indictments.
The reason Ken Starr spent so much more money than Fitzgerald is that the Clinton administration was so corrupt. The moonbats want to talk about dollars spent per month. Wrong metric. If they want to talk bang for the buck, let’s look at what a prosecutor produces – convictions.
But then Clinton supporters never want to talk about convictions do they?