Sunday, October 10, 2010

An Example of a Real IL-19 Congressional Representative

U.S. House candidate Tim Bagwell, PhD (D-Olney), sent Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, a letter requesting an official investigation into the activities of the Save-A-Life Foundation. Three weeks before the election Dr. Bagwell is already working to protect the interest of the people of Central and So. IL. It is a job that John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) (i.e., Congressman Taxpayer Zero) refuses to undertake as a friend of corporate titans.

Taxpayers deserve government oversight to determine if over $3 million awarded to by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was spent properly.

SALF is currently under investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts Bureau (CTB). Recent correspondence from the CTB indicates that SALF recently filed a zeroed-out annual financial report that failed to account for hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets as well as other discrepancies, one of which appears to be SALF’s failure to file a tax return last year with the Internal Revenue Service.
The state investigation is only concerned with Illinois-related issues. A separate federal-level investigation would focus on the $3+ million in federal tax dollars that the CDC awarded to SALF.

Dr. Bagwell's letter also requests a review into the relationship between SALF and Atlanta-based CDC Deputy Director Douglas R. Browne, SALF’s Corporate Treasurer from January 1, 2004 through September 17, 2009, when the foundation employees filed the paperwork for voluntary dissolution. There is a possibility that Mr. Browne’s responsibilities as SALF’s Treasurer could have included administering the taxpayer millions CDC awarded to SALF. A conflict of interest could exist if this information is accurate.

Every time John Shimkus has refused to act it costs the taxpayers money. Requesting a federal investigation is his job. It is due diligence. An MBA and his unremarkable tenure as assistant supply officer qualifies him for little more than auditing the toilet paper supply. Taxpayers deserve a refund for that expensive West Point education and advanced Ranger training.

Dr. Bagwell offers a stark contrast. He has the
experience to get the job done, to work for the people. He is already doing that work. He has all of his press releases available on his website.

UPDATE: The Hill's Healthcare Blog publishes an online article on Dr. Bagwell's request to HHS.

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