Did anyone notice how many meetings and details Hahn forgot in the LA Times article
Sunday? I think he might need some Gingko Biloba. Here are NINE different examples:
1) The mayor, in a recent interview, said he could not recall details of meetings and lunches with Abrams. He also said he didn't know whether Abrams received assistance from his office as a result of the money the developer brought in.
2) "I don't know if he got special treatment," Hahn said, "because I don't know what was done or not done on his behalf."
3) The mayor said he was not aware of any money-laundering allegations involving Abrams.
4) The mayor said he knew of no connection between Abrams and Thomas E. Schiff, the developer's attorney whom Hahn appointed to the Planning Commission.
5) Around that time, Hahn paid a visit to Abrams' Beverly Hills suite, said a source who worked in the office. The mayor said he could not recall when he first dropped by the office or whether he personally accepted campaign checks from Abrams.
6) Hahn told The Times he didn't recall how Schiff came to his attention. In an August 2002 nomination letter, the mayor described Schiff as "especially qualified" and certified that "I make this appointment solely in the interest of the city."
7) Abrams invited Schiff to a photo session with Hahn, according to Lincenberg. That was when his client first met the mayor, he said. Hahn acknowledged attending a photo session, but could not recall details.
8) In June, Hahn, apparently unaware of the lawsuit, performed a final favor for his fundraiser.
9) Asked whether he met privately with Abrams' son, Hahn said he could not recall.
Either he's asleep at the switch or just very lazy. The closing of the article I think sums it up best:
Despite his experience with Abrams, the mayor said he saw no need to develop new standards for screening major financial backers. Given the demands of running a big campaign with thousands of contributors, Hahn said, it is extremely difficult to identify those who might cause embarrassment down the line.
"There's really no way to predict that," he said.
A WORD OF ADVICE: You might want to rethink your screening process! This WAS predictable if you only remembered or paid attention.
My guess is the screening process would render much more than these donations as tainted, but we don't have time for that now.
One last piece of advice. If Hahn does decide to flee the country with Charles Fitzgerald, here is a pharmacy in Canada for some Ginkgo Biloba
. I hear it is cheaper up there, eh?