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Atlas Shrugs

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Get rid of the old, cowardly corrupt guard in the GOP, Barber is the way. He’s in a run off in  in two weeks. He’s in an uphill battle to beat the establishment corrupt GOP candidate. Rick Barber is a small business owner, a Marine Corps Veteran with military pride and believes we ought to pull out of that collective negation of humanity, the UN. He needs our help. He needs money, volunteers,support. Send this great American to Congress. I am donating today.  This man needs to be in Washington!

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Rick Barber is my idea of an ideal candidate.We can, we must make it happen. I first met, interviewed and endorsed Barber at CPAC  here and I have been following him and supporting him since. His position on the Ground Zero Islamic supremacist mosque is brilliant.

Get this man to Washington. Donate to his campaign.

Rick Barber: “Gather Your Armies” – Atlas Shrugs

RS MCcain has the dirt on the dirty: (hat tip Bill)

Martha Roby is the GOP establishment’s pick for the nomination in Alabama’s 2nd District congressional race against “Blue Dog” Democrat Rep. Bobby Bright. She fell short of a majority in the June 1 primary and got pushed into July 13 runoff by Tea Party-backed candidate Rick Barber. And it looks like Roby’s friends in Montgomery city government are trying to run out the clock on what could be a serious scandal: Did Roby, as a city council member, vote on a $50 million contract that awarded business to her husband’s law firm?

Tea Party activist Richard England thinks so:

Montgomery City Council Resolution 28-2009 was a $50 million dollar bond awarded to a Montgomery law firm. The bill passed unanimously, meaning that City Councilwoman and Congressional candidate Martha Roby voted for it.
On June 11th, I filed a freedom of information act request at Montgomery City Hall to find out the dealings between City Council and Balch & Bingham, the Montgomery law firm where Riley Roby is a partner. Riley Roby is Martha Roby’s husband.
Normally, they fill FOIA requests with 48 hours. It’s been three weeks, and they refuse to tell me which law firm was awarded the $50 million contract through City Council Resolution28-2009; this, despite the fact that they responded to my original request of every bond issue and recipient law firm going back to the 1990s.
Montgomery Records Manager Tom Register has confirmed that the vote was unanimous and that the bond was for $50 million, but he says he can’t tell me which firm the contract was awarded to.
I believe that Balch & Bingham was awarded the contract. I believe that City Hall is trying to protect Martha Roby because her vote to award her husband’s firm the contract is tantamount to corruption. . . .
Please contact City of Montgomery Records Manager Tom Register at 334 241 2098 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              334 241 2098      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              334 241 2098 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              334 241 2098      end_of_the_skype_highlighting      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Contact Richard England at 334 531 6306 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              334 531 6306      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 334 356 3106 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              334 356 3106      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Before it’s news has even more dirt. That site gets better and better:

CORRUPTION UPDATE: Here is a link to a post on the corruption in Montgomery. Check this out – he information the Probate Judge of Montgomery County is Roby’s uncle and the statistics on voter turnout going up by 39%. (hat tip Rhubarb)

Go here

Members of the press:

I’m not an investigative journalist, but I know that this is a big story.

Montgomery City Council Resolution 28-2009 was a $50 million dollar bond awarded to a Montgomery law firm.  The bill passed unanimously, meaning that City Councilwoman and Congressional candidate Martha Roby voted for it.

On June 11th, I filed a freedom of information act request at Montgomery City Hall to find out the dealings between City Council and Balch & Bingham, the Montgomery law firm where Riley Roby is a partner.  Riley Roby is Martha Roby’s husband.

Normally, they fill FOIA requests with 48 hours.  It’s been three weeks, and they refuse to tell me which law firm was awarded the $50 million contract through City Council Resolution 28-2009; this, despite the fact that they responded to my original request of every bond issue and recipient law firm going back to the 1990s.

Montgomery Records Manager Tom Register has confirmed that the vote was unanimous and that the bond was for $50 million, but he says he can’t tell me which firm the contract was awarded to.

I believe that Balch & Bingham was awarded the contract.  I believe that City Hall is trying to protect Martha Roby because her vote to award her husband’s firm the contract is tantamount to corruption.

I’ve done all I can. Please follow up on this story.

Please contact City of Montgomery Records Manager Tom Register at (334) 241-2098 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (334) 241-2098      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Contact Richard England at (334) 531-6306 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (334) 531-6306      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or (334) 356-3106 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (334) 356-3106      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

This is my previous release.

Immediate Release

23 June, 2010

City Hall

Policy:  Scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours – Martha Roby and Montgomery City Council award over $8 million to Balch & Bingham (Martha’s husband’s firm)

MONTGOMERY – On June 11, 2010, Montgomery resident Richard England filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Clerk at Montgomery City Hall.

The purpose of the FOIA request was to determine which law firms and which Montgomery lawyers served as ‘bond counsel’ for each of the bonds voted on by Montgomery’s City Council since January 1, 2004.  The underlying assumption of the request is that City Hall awarded a multi-million dollar contract to City Councilwoman Martha Roby’s husband Riley Roby.

Today, Richard England received part of the FOIA request.  In the information provided by the City of Montgomery, England learned that over $8 million of bond issue legal work was given from the City of Montgomery to Balch & Bingham, the Montgomery Law firm where City Councilwoman Martha Roby’s husband Riley Roby is a partner.

“This is corruption,” accuses Richard England, “Plain and simple.”

The most recent Montgomery City Council vote to award a $400,000 bond issue to Balch & Bingham passed 6-2 on April 20th, 2010.  Martha Roby voted against the measure.

“It doesn’t matter which way Martha voted,” says Richard England.  “The ‘scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ mentality is what has landed our city and our nation in tremendous debt.  This is more than irresponsible. This is worse than ‘politics as usual.’  This is government elites deal making with our tax dollars.”

“The public deserves to know about this illicit, high-level deal making in Montgomery,” adds England.  “And Martha Roby should resign from city council.”

Below please find the information sent to Richard England by Montgomery Records Manager, Tom Register.  This is only part of what information Richard England requested from Montgomery City Hall. His full records request was:  All records identifying what law firms and what lawyers served as “bond counsel” for each of the bonds issued by the City of Montgomery or voted on by the Montgomery City Council, since January 1, 2004, including but not limited to, Resolution 28-2009, voted on in the City Council on or about February 17, 2009; and all records showing what business done between the City of Montgomery and Balch & Bingham law firm since January 1, 2004.

Richard England will continue to request the missing part of this request.

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Here is a screen shot from the City Council Meeting Minutes where Roby voted for the $50 million bond (click “Minutes” and go to page 35 of the .pdf document). Why won’t the City of Montgomery, specifically the Mayor’s office, tell us what law firm handled the bond for Montgomery?

The appearance of impropriety, along with the City of Montgomery’s refusal to provide more information, is enough to warrant an investigation.

If it is Balch & Bingham, not only does Martha Roby need to drop out of the District 2 race, but she needs to resign from the Montgomery City Council.

No wonder Alabama is ranked as #4 in the Corrupt States list.

Then you have the fact that Martha Roby’s uncle, Judge Reese McKinney, is essentially responsible for counting the votes in Montgomery County. Why hasn’t he recused himself? This seems like a clear conflict of interest.

I mean, counting votes for your niece… Come on…

Roby’s numbers were disproportionate when you take into account the numbers in the 2008 Republican primary in Montgomery County. In the 2008 District 2 Republican primary (pages 17 thru 19 of the 2008 Montgomery County Official GOP Primary Report), only 8,663 voters participated in a hotly constested race. The 2010 District 2 Republican primary in Montgomery County (pages 35 thru 36 of the 2010 Montgomery County Official GOP Primary Report) saw the voter turnout increase to 12,033 voters – or 3,370 more votes in two years.

That is an increase of almost 39%.

When you consider that the 2010 primary was in the midterm, and voter turnout is historically lower for midterms, then couple that with the fact that the population of Montgomery County only grew 0.3% between April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009, it is obvious that there is a problem.

UPDATE: Watch Barber eviscerate Roby in this debate:

Rick Barber – Martha Roby Debate June 28, 2010 Dothan, Alabama from Rick Barber for Congress on Vimeo.

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