Friday, March 17, 2006

Alice in DSCCland
Ex-Democratic aide plans to plead guilty

A former Democratic operative will plead guilty to a federal charge of illegally obtaining Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's credit report, the woman's attorney said yesterday.

Lauren Weiner, who was a researcher for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) last year when she accessed the credit data, will plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense in coming weeks, said her attorney, Whitney C. Ellerman.

She will likely be sentenced to 150 hours of community service with no jail time or fines, and her criminal record will be erased after one year of probation…

The DSCC has said it did not approve or have prior knowledge of Miss Weiner's actions.

However, DSCC spokesman Phil Singer yesterday said the committee has paid the legal fees for Miss Weiner and Katie Barge, who was the committee's research director and supervised Miss Weiner at the time she obtained the credit report.

Both women resigned from the committee in September amid a federal investigation…

[Barge’s attorney William E.] Lawler said his client remains supportive of Miss Weiner and "certainly does not think that Lauren acted with any bad motive or anything like that."
So, Miss Barge thinks that stealing a person’s identity information to illegally obtaining his credit report in an effort to smear him during a political campaign is a good thing to do?

One wonders what she condoned in her previous jobs “as a researcher for presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards, North Carolina Democrat, and as a research director for Media Matters for America, a Web-based enterprise founded to combat the influence of conservative news commentators.”

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