Another Obama Ally Off-the-Hook

Posted: Aug 27, 2009 11:58 AM
Last month we saw Sens. Chris Dodd and Kent Conrad escape accountability for their Countrywide "VIP" home loan deals.  Now, former New Mexico governor and failed Obama Commerce Secretary nominee Bill Richardson has had federal corruption charges against him dropped... by none other than Attorney General Eric Holder's Department of Justice--the same one who dismissed complaints against these guys.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former high-ranking members of his administration won’t be criminally charged in a yearlong federal investigation into pay-to-play allegations involving one of the Democratic governor’s large political donors, someone familiar with the case said.

The decision not to pursue indictments was made by top Justice Department officials, according to a person familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be identified because federal officials had not disclosed results of the probe.

“It’s over. There’s nothing. It was killed in Washington,” the person told The Associated Press.

A federal grand jury began an investigation in 2008 into a possible pay-to-play scheme in which lucrative work on state bond deals went to a Richardson donor. The federal probe derailed Richardson’s appointment as commerce secretary in President Barack Obama’s administration.

Richardson withdrew his nomination in January, saying the investigation would have delayed his confirmation although he said expected to be cleared.

Haha, I'm sure he did.