Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Pryce: GOP Insider

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15) is handing out instructions and "talking points" to her Republican House members. Pryce is the 4th ranking Republican in the House of Representatives.

Here is an excerpt from an article in The Hill:
...In addition, Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) will send members a weekly memo every Friday during the recess reminding them to talk about the major political developments from the previous week. Pryce and her staff first introduced the Friday memo during the August recess.....

How can Pryce claim to be "independent" when she is determining the "talking points" for Republicans? Pryce is one of the DC Republican insiders. She tells her constituents one thing and but she votes the way the GOP and the administration command her.

Pryce got all that money from oil company PACs. Now as the election approaches, gas prices drop. Is this just a way to help the GOP?

We just can't trust Deborah Pryce.

There is quite an extensive posting at DailyKos on Republican Pryce.

I want to thank Mobilizer for the credit! Here is my posting from Jan. 10, 2006:

Checks and Tax Credits

Everywhere you drive, you see those check cashing stores. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an article that ties a particular check cashing company with Republicans. One of the beneficiaries, according to Open Secrets, was Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15). She has received $15,000 in donations from the two major owners of Buckeye Check Cashing/Checksmart, Lenhart and Frauenberg and their family members, from 2001-2005.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

State lawmakers cleared the way Monday for a politically generous check-cashing company already wooed with millions of dollars in state incentives to shave money from its federal tax bill.

State Sen. Ray Miller, a Columbus Democrat, questioned why Ohio seems to be taking pains to encourage Dublin-based Buckeye Check Cashing Inc., when he sees its business as preying on the poor.

"I can't see why we, as a state, support a business that we know charges excessive fees, [and] interest rates to our citizens," Miller said, in casting the State Controlling Board's lone objection to a tax-saving name shuffle at the firm. "It just doesn't make sense."

Since 2004, Ohio has extended Buckeye Check a 60-percent, nine-year tax credit for the firm; offered it $100,000 to invest in training; and approved a development loan package worth more than $7 million. The firm did not accept the latter loan.

Development Department spokesman Bill Teets said Monday's action was simply a technical change to adjust the name of the business entity that received $100,000 in state aid to help buy two buildings for its headquarters. The new company, Lenhart Frauenberg Partnership, was created "for federal income tax purposes," the proposal said.

Michael Lenhart and James Frauenberg, who own both companies, have donated, along with their family members, nearly $200,000 to political candidates and causes since 2000, according to state and federal filings.

Most of the money has gone to Republicans, including Reps. Bob Ney, Deborah Pryce, Pat Tiberi, Mike Oxley and David Hobson; Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro; State Auditor Betty Montgomery; and former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, who controlled the House when the loan package was approved. Cleveland Democratic Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones also has received money.

A legal battle over whether Buckeye Check charges exorbitant interest rates is awaiting action by the U.S. Supreme Court, where it landed in November. John Cardegna, a 9-1-1 dispatcher in Florida, sued the company in 1999 to contest $3,000 in interest the firm charged him on a $300 cash advance he sought to repair his pickup truck. His lawyers argued that charging interest rates of more than 45 percent is criminal...


I highlighted Pryce's name in the older posting. The Republicans are preying on the poor while they give tax cuts to the rich! Isn't that special!!!?????!!!