The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

12 January 2006

Air America Scandal Raised In Congressional Race


'Air Enron' Becomes Congressional Campaign Issue

Can Air America Radio's sleazy transfer of $875,000 in taxpayer-funded community center grants to its own coffers resonate with voters 3000 miles away? If a local connection can be established, perhaps.

With each side making ethics allegations against the other, an April 11 California special congressional election to replace scandal-tainted Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham is quickly turning heated.

Now, Al Franken, Air America, Michelle Malkin and yours truly are central to the latest campaign controversy in Southern California's 50th Congressional District.

Beginning with Democrat Francine Busby's attempts to tie Republican opponent Howard Kaloogian, a former state assemblyman, to the scandals that brought down Cunningham, Kaloogian (seen above) is fighting back.
In a release sent to the media and supporters, he blasts Busby's (left image) increasing ties to Air America Radio:

On the front page of her website, Democrat Francine Busby writes that she will serve with "honesty and integrity" and attacks Republicans:

"The scandals of Duke Cunningham have shown all of us what corruption in Washington looks like: close relationships between government contractors and members of Congress, lobbyists writing legislation, backroom and anonymous budget deals and a general disregard for spending taxpayer money honestly."

Yet, Busby doesn't seem to think the rules should apply to her. In fact the Democrat now finds herself in the middle of the growing "Air America Scandal."

Over the past several months, Busby has used the far-left, extremist radio network, Air America Radio, to promote her campaign.

She's made appearances on Air America's marquee national program: The Al Franken Show.

She's made multiple appearances on one of Air America's affiliates, KLSD. That same station promotes Busby's campaign events both over the airwaves and on their website.

For the uninitiated,
Kaloogian then lays out the Air Enron scandal basics:

That's right - Air America Radio network received $875,000 in improper and apparently illegal loans from a charity that was supposed to help inner-city kids and senior citizens. The money in question - $875,000 that went to Air America - is TAXPAYER money.

And that 'seed capital' is now being used to the benefit Democrat Congressional Candidate, Francine Busby in her campaign for Congress.


If you wish to learn more about the Air America Scandal, I encourage you to check out the reports filed by The Radio Equalizer (Brian Maloney) and Michelle Malkin's blog.

A check of Busby's website and blog today didn't reveal a response to the allegations, if one appears later, it will be added here.

However, this may be the passage from Busby's site that motivated Kaloogian's letter:

The most important part is, of course, the political climate. The stink of Duke Cunningham’s scandals is stuck on the Republicans candidates running to replace him both because of the actual monetary ties between Duke and his would-be successors and because the Republican candidates way of ‘conducting business’ is similar to their political hero’s.

Across this district, we are hearing again and again that voters do not want more of the same Duke Cunningham style of pay-to-play politics and Francine is committed to bringing change to the representation for the Fiftieth District and to Congress.

Hey, if either candidate could get Al Franken to finally address Air Enron in detail, we'd be most appreciative!

If neither candidate receives more than 50% of the vote in April's special election, a runoff will be held in June.

Keep an eye on this one, as a great deal of money will be spent on what is very much an early sneak peek at November's national races.

Right From Left has details on others in this race.

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Air America Scandal image: Darleen Click, Infidels by Pete at IHillary.


  • Nice work, Brian! I live in the 50th District. I actually see Francine Busby around town frequently. She's been a magnet for all the liberal moonbats in coastal San Diego for a decade. I hope Kaloogian puts that information in his ads and talks about it incessantly in his speeches, because Busby has been spewing her venom since the minute Duke Cunningham was indicted. You can't argue facts with a moonbat, but sensible conservatives can understand what scandal truly is. Francine Busby has been skinny dipping in it while many of the uninformed have been looking the other way!

    By Blogger twin_daddy, at 12 January, 2006 16:02  

  • U was wondering if you'd be writing up the skyrocketing rating of KBAF-AM. Guess it's not part of your agenda.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 12 January, 2006 20:22  

  • KLSD-AM jumps from 1.8 to 3.1. I guess people just aren't paying attention to you, Brian.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 12 January, 2006 20:26  

  • so, by your logic, everyone who has ever been on an air america program is involved in the scandal? every company that has ever run an ad on air america is involved? give me a break. you're grasping at straws here. the matter has been investigated, and if there was anything to it, people would have been arrested or indicted or something. anything! but nothing.

    By Blogger hardcore conservative genious, at 13 January, 2006 14:23  

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    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 15 January, 2006 22:11  

  • I finally read this and it's pretty hysterical. The "growing" scandal? When was the last time it grew? It's been stagnant for months and months. Seriously, what's the current situation? Are they still investigating? Have the Washington Times, NY Post, or NY Sun even mentioned it any time in the last 5 months?

    Nevermind that the person responsible for the 'scandal' is gone from AAR, right? Nevermind that this Busby person has no official connection to AAR, right? I mean, if Bill O'Reilly quotes the non-existant Paris Business Review and then supports some Republican candidate, does that make the Republican candidate as crazy a liar as O'Reilly?

    This is the worst example of slippery-slope, guilt-by-association I have ever seen.

    And if you have to rely on "The Radio Equalizer... and Michelle Malkin" and mention them in your press release, then your campaign is some fucking trouble. Did Kerry ever start quoting DailyKos?

    Baloney, why did you even write about this? Do you not see how absurd it is?

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 16 January, 2006 09:32  

  • Oh Kite... as Clinton would say, put some ice in that lemonade you have been drinking and it will make it all go down a bit smoother. You proudly keep defending the indefensible; the oxygen in that very small bubble you apparently live in must be getting thinner.....

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    By Blogger Netpowersoft, at 17 January, 2006 10:40  

  • This is a scandal?

    A politician appearing on a radio show?

    Really? Is that all ya got? Seriously?

    You guys crack me up.

    Keep on being funny.

    By Blogger Scott, at 18 January, 2006 12:28  

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