When you read the top headline on AOL, you get the sense that this miscreant donated the bulk of the money he bilked from health care agencies to the Tea Party.
In fact, as the lead paragraph of the linked article indicates, he didn’t even donate 1/1,000 of 1% of the alleged swindle to the Tea Party:
If Texas physician Jacques Roy turns out to be guilty of charges he conspired to defraud Medicare and Medicaid of almost $375 million, we’ll know where at least $1,650 of that money went: to a political action committee affiliated with the Tea Party Express, a group opposed to the health reform law that helped nab him.
Now, if this man did what was alleged to have done, he should spend a long time behind bars.
What is telling is how AOL tries to spin this, as if the purpose of the fraud were to help the Tea Party. Even the article’s headline suggests as much, “Jacques Roy, Charged With $375 Million In Health Care Fraud, Gave Money To Tea Party.”
By contrast, none of their headlines on Tony Rezko’s troubles with the law reference his relationship to Barack Obama–though they do come close here, but that relates to Rod Blagojevich’s woes–and not those of the one-time fundraiser for the ambitious state Senator from Chicago. (Rezko, a convicted felon, now sits in prison, serving a 10 1/2-sentence “for extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval“.)
(According to the New York Times, Mr. Rezko donated more to Mr. Obama’s first campaign than Dr. Roy donated (in total) to the Tea Party Express: the then-state legislator’s “first campaign donations included $2,000 from Mr. Rezko’s companies.“)