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The party of corruption? How about a close aide to Senator Schumer who pleads guilty to serious campaign dirty tricks? The Washington Times reports:

A former Democratic operative will plead guilty to a federal charge of illegally obtaining Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's credit report, the woman's attorney said yesterday.

Lauren Weiner, who was a researcher for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) last year when she accessed the credit data, will plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense in coming weeks, said her attorney, Whitney C. Ellerman. 

She will likely be sentenced to 150 hours of community service with no jail time or fines, and her criminal record will be erased after one year of probation. 

Mr. Steele, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, said he would be disappointed if the DSCC is not held accountable for the actions of its operatives. 

"It is a stain on the entire organization and the operations of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee," Mr. Steele said yesterday. "It's the kind of politics that turns people off and demeans the electoral process." 

The lieutenant governor said he is consulting attorneys about legal recourses to pursue. 

"What is the point of the law if you are not going to feel the pinch of it?" Mr. Steele said. 

Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, DSCC chairman and a champion of laws that combat identity theft, declined to comment on Miss Weiner's plea.

Ed Lasky   3 17 06

The party of corruption? How about a close aide to Senator Schumer who pleads guilty to serious campaign dirty tricks? The Washington Times reports:

A former Democratic operative will plead guilty to a federal charge of illegally obtaining Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's credit report, the woman's attorney said yesterday.

Lauren Weiner, who was a researcher for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) last year when she accessed the credit data, will plead guilty to the misdemeanor offense in coming weeks, said her attorney, Whitney C. Ellerman. 

She will likely be sentenced to 150 hours of community service with no jail time or fines, and her criminal record will be erased after one year of probation. 

Mr. Steele, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, said he would be disappointed if the DSCC is not held accountable for the actions of its operatives. 

"It is a stain on the entire organization and the operations of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee," Mr. Steele said yesterday. "It's the kind of politics that turns people off and demeans the electoral process." 

The lieutenant governor said he is consulting attorneys about legal recourses to pursue. 

"What is the point of the law if you are not going to feel the pinch of it?" Mr. Steele said. 

Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York, DSCC chairman and a champion of laws that combat identity theft, declined to comment on Miss Weiner's plea.

Ed Lasky   3 17 06