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Is Biden Politicking in the Wake of the Boston Tragedy?

Vice President Biden traveled to Baltimore Wednesday evening for an “official” event that seemed to have another, more political, purpose: Donor maintenance.

Biden appeared last night at the “opening ceremonies” for a new building at a law school in Baltimore

“Vice President Joe Biden is helping Baltimore celebrate the new University of Baltimore law center,” trumpets the lede of a story on the website of a local Baltimore news outlet. That would seem odd, since vice presidents don’t normally travel to local law schools to “celebrate” a new building.

Biden, Obama laughStrange, until you find out that the new John and Frances Angelos Law Center is named for the parents of Baltimore Orioles owner – and Democratic megadonor – Peter G. Angelos. Not only has Angelos earned a warm “thank you” from Democrats – and President Obama and Biden in particular – but he is someone whose help Biden most certainly will want if he hopes to become president in 2016.

In just the last few years, Angelos and his family have contributed millions of dollars to the Democratic Party, Democratic PACs, and a broad swath of Democratic candidates, including Obama and Biden. On the same day Obama ordered the flags at half staff on federal buildings in mourning for the victims of the Boston tragedy, Biden staged an event that seemed as much about political money as anything else.

According to the campaign finance watchdog opensecrets.org, the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos is the fifth biggest Biden contributor in the years since 1989, with individuals who work at the firm donating $164,100 to Biden through 2012. Peter Angelos’s son Louis works at the firm and is a Biden contributor.

Angelos family members cut thousands of dollars in checks to Biden in 2007 as he campaigned for the Democratic nomination for president. Biden would undoubtably want to make sure the family in his corner again in just two short years, when the presidential campaign starts to heat up.

In August 2012, Peter Angelos spread the love on heavily, contributing half a million to Priorities USA Action, the super PAC devoted to reelecting Obama and Biden, and $575,000 to Majority PAC, a super PAC supporting Democratic Senate candidates. During the summer and fall of 2012 he sent another $450,000 to the House Majority PAC, which was working to help Democrats try to recapture the House.

According to the Baltimore Sun, Biden during his appearance Wednesday evening “said he considers Baltimore ‘the best city in America,’ cracked jokes, then turned solemn as he spoke about the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday and the shootings in December in Newtown, Conn.” He also discussed the prospects for gun control legislation.

31 Responses to Is Biden Politicking in the Wake of the Boston Tragedy?

  1. Is the Vice President Politicking?

    The Question should be: Is there a time that he or the President ISN’T Campaigning or Politicking (other than on the golf course)?

    • Obama admitted it, or at least used it as an excuse. He was giving all his time to gun control, and Biden and the Mooch couldn’t go because they are his point men.

  2. Terrorist attack or no, the mission of the money-grubbing career politician is never daunted.

    Biden vs Hillary? That contest should be energizing to all the young people the Marxist pied piper has mesmerized into voting Democrat. Democrats are getting to be worse than the RINOs. Here I thought only the establishment Republicans propped up geriatric patients for political office.

  3. It’s appalling that this donor’s building celebration and gun control were thought more important (to keep the money flowing) than to represent the USA at Thatcher’s funeral. Not that Biden would have been much representation anyhow.

  4. The machiavelli plotters within the Dem arena must have something devious in mind by allowing MrBiden to promote himself as a viable candidate in 2016. Considering their historic efficiency in destroying candidates they don’t like, they might have to tread a fine line with a sitting VP. Still, any support or funds that MrBiden can garner won’t help their annointed candidate, MrsClinton, and that could be a problem.

    As friend Susan notes, the Dems seem to be stuck with the geriatric crowd and that might not play well with the new demographics of voters.

    • Can a “casting call” in a few months among community organizers throughout the land be far behind? “YO! Any of you chumps wanna be Prez? Sign up here!”

      • Speaking of casting calls, Biden looks to be headed to Hollywood if his political career ends. Chris Dodd now runs the MPAA — which will now supposedly protect our children from all the violent images of those hypocrites who spend their time railing against violent images imitating their violent images. And have you noticed how great Biden has become at the “deadly serious glare”, the “heart on sleeve tearing up”, and the “buddy, let’s beer up” facial expressions? He’s a sure thing for a rookie Oscar. He must be taking acting lessons on the side.

        As to Angelos — just think what the press would say about that spending if his name happened to be Koch.

    • Keep a wary eye on the Castro twins from Texas. As lunch bucket Joe once described Preezy, they are “articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy[s]”. Their mother helped form La Raza, so they have been well-schooled in the guerrilla warfare of Marxist politics.

  5. […] …According to the Baltimore Sun, Biden during his appearance Wednesday evening “said he considers Baltimore ’the best city in America,’ cracked jokes, then turned solemn as he spoke about the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday and the shootings in December in Newtown, Conn.” He also discussed the prospects for gun control legislation.  LINK […]

  6. Surprised he didn’t call for a ban on assault pressure cookers.

    We’re still learning about the Boston victims, the nation’s still healing and haven’t caught the bad guys yet. More Ricin showing up in mail now. Good for some jokes, eh Uncle Joe?

  7. why do people give money to Biden? if I was a mega-donor, I would give Biden as much as he himself gives to charity, which is like .0000006 of his annual salary.