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Durbin “Never Worked to Appropriated Funding” for SALF Foundation….Except for Securing $921,000 Grant for SALF Foundation

Chicago Daily Observer 7 July 2011 2 Comments

From The Sidebar (H/T Steve Bartin)

In e-mails last year, US Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin’s press secretary Christina Mulka provided a variety of false information about her boss’s relationship with the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF), the embattled Chicago-area nonprofit under investigation by the Illinois Attorney General and apparently by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Perhaps most seriously, she failed to disclose a 1999 request by Sen. Durbin for a $1 million appropriation to SALF, funding that went through the following year.

From Senator Durbin’s Press Secretary

Senator Durbin’s involvement was limited to the service he would provide for any Illinois constituent – he and his staff helped the founder navigate the bureaucracy in Washington. As you saw in the CNN video, Senator Durbin’s support was personal in nature and did not extend beyond having sympathy with Carol Spizzirri. Senator Durbin wrote no legislation on behalf of SALF and never worked to appropriated funding for the organization.

Hmm…except for this letter (and ignoring the sic “appropriated”)

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