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Is Dennis Hastert a stooge for Drug Cartels?

I’ve got to take a moment to gloat…
Back in September, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert made some outrageous inferences that George Soros got his money from drug cartels.
Not only was it outrageous, but it made no sense, and I made that clear in this post

If a “drug group” is going to support anyone with contributions, it would be a drug warrior like Dennis Hastert, not a legalizer like Soros.

… and in this imaginary interview I had on Fox News Sunday …

Guither: “Well, Chris, it was pretty outrageous. No matter how the Speaker tries to spin it after the fact, he was clearly making it up out of thin air. It made no sense. Drug cartels wouldn’t give money to Soros — he’s trying to put them out of business by supporting legalization efforts. And the legalization groups get funds from Soros. They don’t give him funding.”

Wallace: “Why do you think he said it then? Was it just a political attack?”

Guither: “Certainly that was part of it. But there are some who say that Hastert is really trying to deflect attention from his own shadowy connections to drug groups.”

Wallace: “Excuse me?”

Guither: “Yes, this is actually very well established and documented. Speaker Dennis Hastert receives larges amounts of funding from drug groups, who expect him to use his power as speaker on their behalf to continue the excesses of the drug war, and increase their profits.”

Could I have been right?
Via TalkLeft we learn that the new Vanity Fair has an investigative report that asks a lot of questions…

Some of the calls reportedly contained what sounded like references to large scale drug shipments and other crimes,” writes Rose. “One name, however, apparently stood out — a man the Turkish callers often referred to by the nickname “Denny boy.” It was the Republican congressman from Illinois and Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert. According to some of the wiretaps, the FBI’s targets had arranged for thousands of dollars to be paid to Hastert’s campaign funds in small checks.

According to Raw Story, the Bush administration is trying to keep the information secret.
Oh, Denny boy!!

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