Tonight's Talking Points memo is an update on the Jesse Jackson situation.
On last Friday's Factor the Attorney General of Illinois Jim Ryan, the man who has the power to audit Jackson, said he believed the Reverend's tax-exempt organizations were in compliance with Illinois state law.
When I brought up substantial payments made through the tax-exempt Citizenship Education Fund to Jackson's mistress Karin Stanford, who worked there, the attorney general insisted that her salary was in line.
At this point we believe Mr. Ryan is misinformed and that is understandable because Jackson's people have changed their story a number of times.
The highly respected public relations man John Scanlon, initially told The Chicago Tribune that Ms. Stanford's salary was $120,000. Mr. Scanlon was hired by Jackson to deal with the controversy.
A couple of weeks later, Jackson's CEO Billy Owens amended the figure to $106,000.
On Friday, Jim Ryan told us Ms. Stanford's salary is now down to $40,000 — talk about deflation!
The truth is that Jackson did not list his mistresses' salary on his tax returns and now everybody is scrambling in the damage control mode.
But this kind of chaos and apparent deception is exactly why Attorney General Ryan needs to audit Jackson's books right now. I repeat, right now.
There are enough red flags here to decorate the largest May Day parade in the world and few Americans would get away with this kind of stuff.
There is no excuse for the authorities not to take a good, hard look at Jackson's books. There is too much money, too many changing stories and not enough accountability.
Once again we call for Attorney General Ryan and the IRS to do the job Americans are paying them to do. How about some equal justice for all?
And that's the memo.
Most Ridiculous Item of the Day
Time now for the Most Ridiculous Item of the day.
Barbra Streisand is teed off and she's letting Democrats on Capitol Hill know it.
The singer-actress fired off a three page memo to key Dems complaining that they are being too nice to the Republicans.
Says Ms. Streisand, "We have a president who stole the presidency through family ties, arrogance and intimidation."
Ms. Streisand goes on to say that Democrats should be proud of the Clinton administration.
Okay, fine. But the ridiculous thing is that Barbra Streisand, Rosie O'Donnell, Martin Sheen and other rabid liberals will never debate any of their beliefs. They just throw this stuff out there.
Hey, Babs, I'll pay my own way to Malibu if you'll give me ten minutes of your time. You'll love the No-Spin Zone, because we are people who need people. Have your people call my people.
Wait a minute, I don't have any people! And that just might be ridiculous.