December 9, 2009, - 10:39 am

How Liberals “Help” the Homeless: Shelter Gave Fed $ to Democrats

By Debbie Schlussel

People have the faulty impression that only liberals care about the homeless.  Wrong.  It’s just that conservatives have a different way of doing it.

And liberals . . . well, some of them “help” the homeless by using federal dollars for the homeless to fund Democrat political candidates and office holders.  That’s exactly what Jon Rutherford, director of Metro Emergency Services, a homeless shelter, and his bookkeeper, Judith Bugaiski, did.  They were indicted in 2006, and yesterday, pleaded guilty. And–shocker!–Detroit’s embattled former Mayor Kwame “The Kingpin” Kilpatrick is involved, as is failed Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.


Liberal Democrats Kwame Kilpatrick & Jennifer Granholm:

Got Tax $ From Homeless Shelter

The two top officials of a homeless shelter accused of funneling $750,000 in taxpayer dollars to political causes associated with officials ranging from Kwame Kilpatrick to Gov. Jennifer Granholm pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal tax evasion charges.

Jon Rutherford, director of Metro Emergency Services, and bookkeeper Judith Bugaiski were indicted in 2006 on a combined 22 counts. They both appeared Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Marianne Battani and pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to evade federal taxes, in exchange for dismissal of the other charges.

Prosecutors allege Rutherford, 60, of Orchard Lake, a major contributor to Michigan Democrats, created a shell company to collect rent from the shelter, then channeled that money to political causes. As a nonprofit, the shelter would have lost its tax-exempt status if it made political donations.

According to documents the Free Press obtained, IRS investigators said the shell company “spends virtually every dollar it receives” from the shelter “on either so-called charitable contributions, political contributions, political action committees and to individuals.”

The IRS said recipients of thousands of dollars included the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, Kilpatrick’s Next Generation PAC and Granholm’s 1998 inauguration party.

The IRS probe stems from a 2001 Free Press report that revealed Rutherford gave $50,000 to the nonprofit Kilpatrick Civic Fund during Kilpatrick’s 2001 run for mayor. Kilpatrick, then an influential state representative, subsequently wrote a letter to the Detroit-Wayne County Mental Health Board, recommending it give Rutherford a multimillion-dollar contract.

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10 Responses

I hate to say this, but this is done with ACORN all the time and no one with the exception of some “talking heads” at FOX seems to care. I would LOVE for someone to prove me wrong.

I_AM_ME on December 9, 2009 at 11:20 am

Wayne Clearwater – you must be a commie lib. I don’t know any conservatives who think like that. Did you miss your favorite website, the Daily Kooks, and inadvertently end up here? You have just explained through your comments why there are twice as many conservatives than there are liberals in the U.S.

Conservatives have helped the poor for a very long time, just in a different manner. The morons on the left want to give lifetime entitlements to people in order to get their votes and gain power over the general populace. Conservatives want to help the disadvantaged by giving them the means to get out of their situation and to become self sufficient without the need for gov’t handouts.

Go back to your cesspool of liberal miscreants, we don’t want your kind stinking up the place Wayne. One of the good things about libs commenting here is that it is fun to laugh at their inane bante and sophomoric wit.

Jarhead on December 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

I am not a goddam liberal! The homeless are homeless by choice. They are NOT victims of ANYTHING and do not deserve anyone’s sympathy. They had their chances just like everyone else. And I’m not going to pay them to sleep on the streets and urinate in their pants in public.

Are you going to argue with Reagan, Gingrich, AND Limbaugh? What kind of cafeteria conservative does that make you?

Though we might agree about that Dan Quayle.

My boys are backing me op on this one:

Newt Gingrich
“When asked: What should we do about the homeless? ‘Give the park police more ammo.'”

Rush Limbaugh
“One of the things I want to do before I die is conduct the homeless olympics…the 10-metre shopping cart relay, the dumpster dig, and the hop, skip, and trip.” — Rush Limbaugh

Ronald Reagan
“You can’t help those who simply will not be helped. One problem that we’ve had, even in the best of times, is people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless who are homeless, you might say, by choice.”
— President Reagan, 1/31/84, on Good Morning America, defending his administration against charges of callousness.

Dan Quayle
“People are not homeless if they’re sleeping in the streets of their own hometowns.”

Newt Gingrich
“You can help Sam or Sally, you can’t help the class. The minute somebody says to you, ‘Let’s help the homeless,’ you know they don’t get it.” — Sep. 01, 1994 – from an article in Commentary Magazine

Wayne Clearwater on December 9, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Wayne – why can’t I disagree with some of the things that Reagan, Gingrich and Limbaugh have said or done? I don’t agree with anyone all of the time. If you agree with anyone all of the time, you sure need to get some help. A shrink may be able to help you with the brainwashing you’ve been given.

    Jarhead on December 9, 2009 at 3:19 pm

      Jarhead, you can say or think anything you want. But paying people to not work is not a conservative value. Everyone is given an equal chance in this great country of ours. Some people choose to live on the streets and stay high and drunk all the time while the government takes money out of my pocket and hands it to them.

      They are not victims. We, good honest working people, are the victims here.

      We’re all welcome to join them if we lose all self-respect.

      Answer me this: wouldn’t this country be better if they all just happened to die tomorrow?

      Wayne Clearwater on December 9, 2009 at 4:47 pm

        Thanks for saying it. Can you imagine if they were all just gone from our country tomorrow? Can you picture a whole nation of self-respecting, self-reliant, right-thinking patriots?

        The trouble is not just the homeless. It’s the fact that they multiply and multiply. So we’re going to have to live with their kids and their kids’ kids – who are going to be the same shiftless third-world types and almost certainly be homeless too.

        I’m not claiming to have an answer. But I sure do like to imagine the kind of clean and pure country we *could* have without them all.

        Brock Montana on December 9, 2009 at 5:06 pm

        Wayne Clearwater – don’t get me wrong about this. I definitely agree that we should not be giving out the taxpayer’s money to support people who won’t work. I also despise people who won’t contribute to our society. The point that I was trying to make is that we should help the disadvantaged by giving them the means to get out of their situation and to become self sufficient without the need for gov’t handouts. Giving the people willing to work just a little help, like training, is much less expensive to all of us than lifetime entitlements that the libs want to give these people.

        Jarhead on December 9, 2009 at 9:44 pm

The reason why most people are homeless is because they choose between shelter or their addiction. Most homeless people are considered mentally disabled or indigent. These homeless people scam the system by getting their SSI or SSD checks. They can get Social Security Supplemental income for their addiction. Since they are addicted and can’t function in society they get a check. Good taxpayer money thrown in the toilet. They also get food stamps and food from pantrys. They usually have free health care through Medicaid. Most cities have subsidized Section 8 housing for low income and indigent people. What happens is junkies and alcoholics will spend their cash money on drugs and liquor. Even if they got $10,000 a month they will still feel any money spent on a apartment or room is less money on drugs.

CaliforniaScreaming on December 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm

In the picture Granholm sure is lookin’ at Kingpin with starry eyes – love struck, I’d say- how cute is that?? We should have a caption contest.

DS_ROCKS! on December 9, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Liberal (so-called liberal) big government shelters are infested with bed bugs, criminals, probably diseases, and the state employed workers do not care at all about helping people especially young males.

Churches and synagogues actually help people by providing a clean and stress free environment that encourages people to get their lives together. Most importantly they do not ask questions and or force people to live and or do things that State run agencies like DSS may ask of them.

One is governed by codependency (a brutal disease btw) the other is governed by interdependence or for your own independence and freedom.

Dave on April 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm

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