Thursday, September 22, 2005

Just borrowing it?

What is it about Democrats and stealing? A Minnesota mayor has a problem with it. Sandy Berger has a serious problem with it.

Now it seems that a Democrat US Senator's staff has stolen the identity of a political opponent and then destroyed the evidence. Did they consult Sandy Berger?
BALTIMORE -- Federal prosecutors have opened an inquiry into allegations that two Democratic National Committee employees illegally tapped into Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's credit history.

WBAL-TV 11 News reporter David Collins reported the workers obtained the report in July while executing opposition research on the lieutenant governor.

Paul D. Ellington, Steele's chief of staff, issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon in reaction to the allegations.

"Lt. Gov. Steele was extremely disturbed to learn about the alleged criminal identity theft of his personal finance records by (a staff member of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.,) at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

"He was notified by the FBI that a federal criminal investigation is under way and has been asked not to comment on the specifics of the case.

"He intends to honor this request and expects that those responsible for these actions will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

According to the FBI, two Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee employees illegally obtained Steele's credit report.

According to the committee, Katie Barge and Lauren Weiner, working on opposition research in July, found Steele's Social Security number in a court document and used it to obtain his credit report.

"It's extremely unethical," said Evan Hendricks, the author of "Credit Scores Credit Reports." "This is a case of a couple very bright researchers, so smart, ending up doing the stupidest thing they could have done."

Hendricks, a privacy expert who has written books on the subject, said that without authorization, those snooping would have had to misrepresent themselves.

"There's lies involved one way or the other. The law is very clear on this," Hendricks said.
I don't believe it. With all the restraint shown by family members of Democratic politicians in Milwaukee who slash the tires of their opponent's transportation and Democrats who break into the Bush volunteer headquarters they aren't shooting at, I can't believe Democrats would illegally access a political opponent's credit report for anything other than to give him suggestions on how he might be able to raise his score.

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