News release from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:
Foreign Chinese prostitution money is allegedly behind the groups funding Congressman Scott DesJarlais’s (TN-04) Republican Majority.
The Associated Press reported that Sheldon Adelson – the single largest donor to Congressman Scott DesJarlais’s House Republicans – allegedly “personally approved of prostitution and knew of other improper activity at his company’s properties in the Chinese enclave” of Macau, China. Recently, Senator John McCain said that Adelson is “injecting millions of dollars in Chinese ‘foreign money'” by contributing to Republican campaigns.
“What will Congressman Scott DesJarlais do when his Chinese prostitution money comes from billionaire Sheldon Adelson?” said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “House Republicans like Congressman DesJarlais are fighting tirelessly to protect billionaires like Sheldon Adelson who make fortunes overseas and Adelson is now the largest single donor to Congressman DesJarlais’s Republican Majority. It’s past time for Congressman DesJarlais to reject the support of these groups funded by foreign money from a Chinese prostitution strategy.”
Billionaire Adelson has given $5 million to Speaker Boehner’s Congressional Leadership Fund Super PAC, pledged $5 million to Leader Cantor’s Young Guns Network Super PAC, given $70,800 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), and has committed at least $20 million into Karl Rove’s American Crossroads. Earlier this year, ABC News found that Adelson’s company “has been under criminal investigation for the last year by the Department of Justice and the Securities Exchange Commission for alleged bribery of foreign officials.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Metro Nashville Councilman Brady Banks has been cleared of a charge of patronizing prostitution.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/KrI4Hg ) reported the Davidson County district attorney general’s office said Monday that Banks had completed the city’s “john school” for first-time offenders.
Banks reached an agreement with prosecutors that he would complete the course and the charge would be dropped.
The first-term council member could still face some political fallout from his Feb. 16 arrest at a city hotel during an undercover Metro Police prostitution sting.
Banks admitted his mistake, but said he would remain in office. Some residents of his district have talked of trying to recall him.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Nashville councilman and the founder of a Sumner County tea party group have been charged with patronizing prostitution.
Councilman Brady Banks and Sumner United for Responsible Government co-founder Matthew Moynihan were caught in a sting on Thursday after responding to an Internet advertisement for an escort service, according to a police account reported in The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/zjh0Tr).
The 33-year-old Banks is the outreach director for Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation and a member of Nashville Emerging Leaders.
Charged with Banks and the 38-year-old Moynihan was 37-year-old Jyotin Arora.
Banks and Arora do not have listed phone numbers, and an email to Banks was not immediately answered. A call to the number listed for Moynihan rang unanswered.
A judicial commissioner set each man’s bond at $1,000.
ELIZABETHTON –Mayor Curt Alexander offered a tearful apology to his friends and the citizens of Elizabethton during a Friday morning press conference, just a day after he entered a guilty plea in Washingtion County Sessions Court on a charge of solicitation of prostitution.
More from the Johnson City Press story:
Alexander said “I have made a terrible mistake,” and asked for Christian forgiveness. He said May 20, the day he was caught by the Johnson City Police Department, was the first and only time he had ever committed such an act. He said it was an awful, irresponsible act that he will never again commit. He said he now sees it as a test to see how he handles the adversity.
…”I felt if I admitted what I did was wrong, stepping up and correcting the problem, I could put this behind me and move on with my job, my life and my duties as mayor of the city of Elizabethton.”
Alexander said he intended to remain as mayor and said those who supported him on the City Council continued to support him and those who opposed him continued to oppose him. He did not comment about calls from Councilman Sam Shipley for his resignation.
“This has been a life-changing event in my life, and I will use it to grow as a Christian,” Alexander said.
ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — Elizabethton Mayor Curt Alexander had been charged in Johnson City with patronizing prostitution.
According to the Johnson City Press, police said he paid a prostitute $80 for sex Friday at a Johnson City motel.
Stacy Street, Alexander’s attorney, told the paper, “We are trying to gather the evidence right now and we will not have a comment until we go to court in June.”
Police said an Internet search prompted an undercover investigation. Officers said information there disclosed that the woman would be at the motel and they went to the business and cited Alexander and two others who showed up.
Alexander was elected mayor by the City Council in 2006 and has been in the post since then.
In less than a year, at least one elected official or government employee has been charged criminally in four of the six counties that make up Tennessee’s 12th Judicial District, according to the Chattanooga Times-Free Press.
“It does seem strange that you would have that many cases involving public officials come up at the same time,” said Mike Taylor, the district attorney general for nearly two decades in Bledsoe, Franklin, Grundy, Marion, Rhea and Sequatchie counties.
“But to say that it’s indicative of a general failure of public officials, they’re not those kind of cases,” Taylor said.
In just the past month, Rhea County Executive George Thacker was charged with patronizing a prostitute in a Knoxville sting, and Winchester City Councilman Cheyne Stewart was arrested with another man on sexual assault charges detailed in a 16-count indictment.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rhea County’s chief executive has been arrested in a Knoxville prostitution sting and will be booked on the misdemeanor charge May 20.
A Knoxville police spokesman said Rhea County Executive George Thacker of Spring City was arrested Friday.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the 48-year-old Thacker is accused of offering a female undercover officer $50 in exchange for a sexual favor near downtown Knoxville.
Thacker did not return telephone and e-mail messages seeking comment Tuesday. Calls to the county executive’s office in Dayton were asked to leave a voice mail message. His attorney, Jeff Hagood, was out of town and could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Rhea County Commissioner Bill Hollin said Tuesday that he has not discussed the charge with Thacker or other commissioners.