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    http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7007691187 Giuliani Campaign Aide And South Carolina Treasurer Indicted As A Cocaine Dealer June 19, 2007 6:37 p.m. EST
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 19, 2007

      Giuliani Campaign Aide And South Carolina Treasurer
      Indicted As A Cocaine Dealer

      June 19, 2007 6:37 p.m. EST

      Matthew Borghese - AHN News Writer

      Charleston, SC (AHN) - The South Carolina campaign
      chair for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's
      2008 presidential campaign, Thomas Ravenel, has been
      incited on federal cocaine charges.

      According to state attorneys, Ravenel, who is also the
      Treasurer of South Carolina, and a co-defendant have
      been allegedly selling cocaine since 2005.

      Ravenel, founder of the Ravenel Development Corp.,
      came in third in his bid to win the Republican
      nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in South Carolina.

      --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:


      Giuliani's campaign fundraising kept him from
      commitment to panelstudying Iraq.BY CRAIG GORDON

      June 18, 2007, 11:41 PM EDT

      WASHINGTON --Rudolph Giuliani's membership on an elite
      Iraq study panel came to anabrupt end last spring
      after he failed to show up for a single
      officialmeeting of the group, causing the panel's top
      Republican to give him astark choice: either attend
      the meetings or quit, several sources said.

      Giuliani left the Iraq Study Group last May after just
      two months,walking away from a chance to make up for
      his lack of foreign policycredentials on the top issue
      in the 2008 race, the Iraq war.

      He cited "previous time commitments" in a letter
      explaining hisdecision to quit, and a look at his
      schedule suggests why -- thesessions at times
      conflicted with Giuliani's lucrative speaking tourthat
      garnered him $11.4 million in 14 months.

      Giuliani failed to show up for a pair of two-day
      sessions that occurredduring his tenure, the sources
      said -- and both times, they conflictedwith paid
      public appearances shown on his recent financial
      disclosure.Giuliani quit the group during his busiest
      stretch in 2006, when hegave 20 speeches in a single
      month that brought in $1.7 million.

      On one day the panel gathered in Washington -- May 18,
      2006 -- Giulianidelivered a $100,000 speech on
      leadership at an Atlanta business awardsbreakfast.
      Later that day, he attended a $100-a-ticket
      Atlantapolitical fundraiser for conservative ally
      Ralph Reed, whom Giulianihoped would provide a major
      boost to his presidential campaign.

      The month before, Giuliani skipped the session to give
      the April 12keynote speech at an economic conference
      in South Korea for $200,000,his financial disclosure

      Giuliani's campaign said that the former New York
      mayor did participatein Iraq Study Group activities
      but refused Newsday's repeated requeststo explain how.

      Instead, they referred to a May 24, 2006, letter
      Giuliani sent to theRepublican co-chairman and former
      secretary of state James Baker. Init, Giuliani praised
      the group's "truly important mission" but citedhis
      time commitments for why he couldn't give the group
      "the full andactive participation" it deserved.

      One source familiar with the group's activities
      recalled that Giulianidid participate in an early
      conference call in spring 2006 that wasmainly
      organizational. But Giuliani's name is mentioned
      nowhere in thegroup's final report, which lists more
      than 160 people who wereconsulted.

      By giving up his seat on the panel, Giuliani has
      opened himself up tocharges that he chose
      private-sector paydays and politics over unpaidservice
      on a critical issue facing the nation.

      Not only that, but the 10-member group -- also called
      theBaker-Hamilton commission -- was no ordinary
      blue-ribbon panel, insteadchartered by Congress and
      encouraged by the president to find a wayforward in

      Giuliani's move already has come under attack by
      Democrats, and outsideexperts say it shines a light on
      his priorities at the time.

      "Missing one meeting, you could put it down to staff
      error, but whenyou're missing them consistently, your
      priorities have been indicated,and the staff knows
      when there's a choice, you go on the road and pickup
      some bucks," said Kent Cooper, co-founder of Political
      Money Line,which tracks money in politics.

      The Iraq Study Group held nine official meetings,
      which it called"plenary sessions," according to its
      final report. They included threethat occurred during
      Giuliani's tenure in 2006 but that he did not showup
      for, the sources said -- working sessions on April 11
      and 12, andMay 18 and 19. There was also a kickoff
      event on March 15 that Giulianiand several other
      members did not attend, the sources said.

      By quitting the panel, Giuliani also passed up a
      chance to fill anotherbig gap in his
      commander-in-chief credentials -- Giuliani said
      recentlyhe's never been to Iraq, unlike his top
      declared GOP rivals and severalin the Democratic
      field. Baker and Democratic co-chairman, former
      Rep.Lee Hamilton, led a four-day Iraq trip last

      Giuliani has faced questions of why he hasn't been to
      Iraq despitebeing an enthusiastic supporter of the
      Iraq war. He has said a plannedtrip was scuttled for
      reasons he didn't specify but that he hopes to goby
      year's end.

      Pentagon officials said they are not aware of a
      request by Giuliani totravel to Iraq and that it could
      be somewhat difficult to achieve atthis late date.

      When Giuliani failed to attend the first two working
      sessions, hisabsences didn't sit well with Baker --
      particularly when the otherluminaries who made up the
      panel were able to make the sessions inWashington,
      some sources said. Baker's policy assistant John
      Williamssaid the choice to quit was entirely

      "Baker felt that it was important for future meetings
      that people showup, so that left the decision on
      Giuliani whether he would make it ornot," Williams
      said. He provided a copy of Giuliani's letter to
      Bakerand declined further comment. Former U.S.
      attorney general Edwin MeeseIII replaced Giuliani on
      the 10-member panel a week later.

      President George W. Bush was initially cool to the
      group's Decemberrecommendations, which included a goal
      of pulling out most U.S. combattroops by early 2008
      and beginning unconditional talks with Iran andSyria,
      but lately he has moved to embrace some of them.

      At least one Democratic member of the group questioned
      Giuliani'sdecision to quit. "It would have better
      served him politically to be apart of the group,
      because every candidate needs an answer to thequestion
      -- what the hell would you do in Iraq?" said Leon
      Panetta, aformer chief of staff to President Bill

      Three other Democratic members refused to comment, and
      former WyomingSen. Alan Simpson, a Republican member
      of the panel, didn't recall thatGiuliani had been
      picked. Asked if he thought Giuliani would
      havebenefited from staying on the panel, Simpson said,
      "You'd have to askRudy that."

      Stephen Hess, who has served as an adviser to
      presidents from bothparties, said quitting the group
      is likely to pose a political problemfor Giuliani.
      "Leaving that study group was not exactly an act
      ofcourage," said Hess, particularly because the
      group's recommendationsultimately diverged from Bush's
      stick-it-out approach, which Giulianihas embraced.

      When the group's report came out last December,
      Giuliani offered adifferent reason why he quit, saying
      he didn't think it was right foran active presidential
      candidate to take part in such an "apolitical"panel.
      Giuliani also took pains at the time to distance
      himself fromsome of the group's findings.

      At some point, Baker spoke to Giuliani to find out if
      he intended tocontinue his involvement with the group.
      "He basically said, if peoplecan't make the meetings,
      we've got to find people who can," Panettarecalled.

      Asked if he knew what Giuliani was doing instead of
      attending themeetings, Panetta joked, "I'm sure making
      a hell of a lot of money."
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