Oct 28, 2005

On Noe's "Conduits"

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Left: Tom Noe, courtesy of the Ohio Board of Regents

The announcement yesterday of the grand jury indictments of Thomas W. Noe in the money laundering investigation of President Bush's re-election campaign came as no surprise; this is just the first in what will likely be several criminal cases against the former Maumee coin dealer.

Thursday's indictment involves an October 2003 fundraiser that President Bush held at a downtown Columbus hotel; that fundraiser brought in $1.4 million to the reelection coffers.

A troubling aspect of the case, however, are the 24 alleged "conduits" used by Noe to launder money. These people have been promised immunity in exchange for their testimony in the Noe investigation.

I believe that citizens have a right to know who these people are, and that immunity from prosecution does not equate to immunity from public scrutiny. Tom and Bernadette Noe built a political empire with money earmarked for injured Ohio workers, and these 24 "conduits" - in their own small way - are part of the systemic rot in the widespread corruption that is modern Ohio politics.

Note to any knowledgeable insiders - there are plenty of sources in Toledo who would publish this information. If you share my beliefs about the public's right to know, feel free to contact me.

Addendum: To the anonymous emailer who called me a "Democratic operative," be advised that I belong to no political parties or PACs. In addition, I frequently write about corruption when it occurs in politicians with a "D" after their name, such as the Prince of Sleaze, Bob McCloskey.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

noe is going to fry

Anonymous said...

He may fry, but who will fry with him?

Lisa Renee said...

I wondered that too, all 24 of them couldn't have gotten immunity from prosecution to testify...or maybe they did. Even so we should still have the right to know who it was.

ps...Mike yours was better you even had pictures...

:-)

Anonymous said...

historymike...

no one has said yet whether the 24 "conduits" were offered immunity. if you count up the people we know testified before the federal grand jury, they don't even add up to two dozen.

More indictments to come, including some of the conduits...

historymike said...

Anonymous #3, here is what the Blade reported from Kulish, one of the "conduits":

"They were given immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony, Mr. Kulish said."

You are correct, though, that the extent of granted immunity was not noted in the article.

Hooda Thunkit said...

Immunity:

A tool used supposedly, to protect the little fishes, but actually protects more sharks and whales...

The correct term is:

Political Immunity

liberal_dem said...

To the anonymous emailer who called me a "Democratic operative,"

Mike- that's the usual juvenile tactic used when somebody is caught with their pants down. Of course, Republicans are dropping their pants right and left these days.

Anonymous said...

I just found it odd that my "word verification" of the day is "Isreahp".

Put THAT in your pipe and choke to death on it, NSM!

: )

musicwriter said...

Federal authorities must have known months ago that he was in deep doo-doo.

musicwriter said...

The average U.S. credit score is 678. Who wants to guess the Noe's score now that the hubbub has been made public?

Peahippo said...

(GuestZero here.)

And yet the Noe creature is still uncharged for far more flagrant and obvious illegality with his rare-coin Ponzi scheme. It's a sad thing when we can get some justice out of a courthouse in NWO, but nowhere in Columbus.