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47 Days: Dole Silent in Banking Committee Meetings

DAY 47

Though Elizabeth Dole has pledged to use her seat on the Senate Banking Committee to investigate the causes of the current economic turmoil, hardworking North Carolinians who are faced with the fallout of this crisis might want to ask her what she has been doing for the past six years. During 61 banking committee hearings, Dole was silent, making no remarks and asking no questions. Her silence was rewarded in the form of hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions from investment firms and banks. Should have known Dole’s silence had a hefty pricetag.

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48 Days: The Dole-Andreas Culture of Corruption

DAY 48

Ten years ago today, Michael Andreas, son of prominent Dole supporter Dwayne Andreas, and a Dole supporter himself, was convicted of price fixing and sentenced to serve time in prison. The Andreas-Dole connection dates back years. A condo sold for below market price, a sketchy appointment to the Red Cross Board of Governors, and tens of thousands of dollars in contributions for favors on the Andreas’ behalf. Like typical Washington insiders, Elizabeth and Bob Dole have done nothing but perpetuate the culture of corruption that has worked against the best interests of North Carolinians.

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49 Days: North Carolina was hit by a Hurricane, Elizabeth Dole collected money

DAY 49

Nine years ago this week, Hurricane Floyd pounded the coast of North Carolina. Elizabeth Dole, then running for president as a Kansan, decided it would be an appropriate time to hold high-dollar fundraisers all across the state. As Dole and her friends dined on caviar and enjoyed a live piano, hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians found themselves displaced, without power, or stranded. Even as a Kansan, Dole had no regard for the best interests of the working families she would soon come to represent.

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50 Days: Dole as Transportation Secretary: More “Politics than Substance.”

DAY 50

As a senator, Elizabeth Dole has voted with President Bush 92% of the time and has been ranked 93rd in effectiveness. But Dole’s history of ineffectiveness dates back much further than the past six years. Twenty-one years ago today, Dole stepped down as the Secretary of Transportation once the calls for her resignation were simply too loud to ignore any longer. Her gross mismanagement of the Department of Transportation prompted members of her own party to refer to Dole’s failed tenure there as more “politics than substance.” Looks like chronic ineffectiveness is a hard habit to break.

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51 Days: Dole's votes against anti-price gouging legislation

DAY 51

As Hurricane Ike blasted through Texas over the weekend and threatened domestic oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, North Carolinians saw some of the highest increases in fuel prices in the country. Kay supports passing federal legislation that would enact anti-price gouging laws so that Big Oil and Gas companies cannot profit off the panic of concerned consumers. But Elizabeth Dole, always looking for another way to protect her Big Oil and Gas cronies, has voted several times against passing this type of common sense legislation that would protect North Carolinians.

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52 Days: Dole’s irresponsible votes have left American soldiers vulnerable and unprepared

DAY 52

Today in Winston-Salem, Kay continues her discussion of her recently released veterans and military policy with the help of Viet Nam veteran Sen. Max Cleland at her seventh Veterans’ Town Hall. What has Elizabeth Dole done for our troops in combat? She voted against funding for armored humvees and opposed billions of dollars for new protective gear. Dole’s irresponsible votes have left American soldiers vulnerable and unprepared at a time when they are counting on their country to protect them while they protect us.

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53 Days: Dole votes against First Responder funding

DAY 53

Yesterday served as a reminder to thank our first responders for their sacrifices and the bravery they exhibit on a daily basis. Across the country, first responders stand ready to react to any emergency and protect Americans who need help. However, during her tenure in the U.S. Senate, Elizabeth Dole has consistently voted against funding for first responders, denying them grants for working in higher risk areas, grants to improve communications and money for training bioterrorism workers.

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Day 55: Dole boosts Iraq surplus, raises America's debt

DAY 55

As new signs of the faltering economy are appearing every day, Elizabeth Dole continues to back away from her voting record and her connections to the failed Bush Administration’s policies. Yesterday, Dole was on television saying that she thinks it is time for Iraq to start funding their own reconstruction. Interesting timing, considering the federal government announced yesterday that the deficit will soon reach a projected record $438 billion. Dole should know that votes speak louder than words – she voted twice against using Iraqi oil revenues for reconstruction instead of American taxpayer dollars. Now, as the American economy continues on its downward spiral, Iraq enjoys a budget surplus.

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Day 56: Dole leaves teachers out to dry

DAY 56

On the campaign trail in 2002, Elizabeth Dole made empty promises to support tax deductions for teachers and other incentives such as signing bonuses. But once Dole got to Washington, it’s like the teacher had left the room. She voted against extending teacher tax deductions, against loan forgiveness for teachers, and against funding teacher quality programs that would have significantly enhanced North Carolina classrooms. If you think answering to one teacher is tough, how does Dole plan to answer to the some 90,000 North Carolina teachers who lost their tax deductions so that the wealthiest Americans could enjoy tax breaks?

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57 Days: Dole Opposed Reforming the Federal Housing Administration

DAY 57

As usual, Elizabeth Dole has been saying one thing in North Carolina and doing another in DC on mortgage reform. Several months after pledging her support for modernizing the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) in North Carolina, Dole was back in Washington working for her special interest friends to make sure that housing reform measures didn’t go anywhere. And during the height of the subprime mortgage crisis, as hardworking North Carolinians faced the cold reality of record foreclosures, Dole was the only member of the Banking Committee to vote against FHA reform that would have helped countless Americans. Then again, she doesn’t have anything to worry about – she and Bob have owned their condo in the Watergate since the 1970s.

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