Monday, May 12, 2008

More Interesting Politics

A friend received a note on their door:

Stating, "Dear xxx, I would appreciate your vote & support, thank you, Shannon.

Sounds good no? But wait, there's more!

Mr. Keller is really a Republican! I leave you a copy of his voter registration and his "Life Plan"
Shannon. (And the copies are there!)

This is on a flyer saying "Shannon Robinson: Working for Our District"

He doesn't mention his links to a very expensive Rugby Team. He talks about schools and some program stuff. He talks about La Mesa/Trumbull Crime Prevention - but he doesn't mention that one of the highest problem intersections in the area is 2 blocks from his house!!! No money for the area of the neighborhood he "lives" in. (I haven't ever seen him when I pass by his house 3 blocks away...)

From Cocoposts: Senator Scrum
The quest for success hasn't come cheap for University of New Mexico rugby and its politically connected coach, who appears to have free reign over the program even though he isn't a university employee. Sen. Shannon Robinson, D-Albuquerque, is the unpaid volunteer coach who also prides himself on being one of UNM's patron saints when it comes to legislative appropriations.

If you get the article it also says....
A Journal review of financial and other records reflecting rugby team expenditures from 2005 through 2007 shows:

Robinson, who has coached the teams for years, brought in a former professional rugby player whose firm has earned more than $57,500 since 2005. The firm's principal address has been listed as Robinson's law office. Robinson has been the firm's registered agent.

More than $270,000 has been spent on scholarships and tuition for rugby players. UNM officials interviewed say they know of no written criteria governing eligibility for the scholarships, which they say are awarded at Robinson's discretion and not by the UNM scholarship office.

About $16,500 went for tuition, fees and room and board for international rugby students, some who attended UNM's Center for English Language and American Culture.

Typically, individuals participate in club sports at their own risk. But UNM has paid about $20,804 for health insurance for rugby players.


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