Grapevine: Earth Day a washout?

D.C. event organizers expected tens of thousands


And now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...

Equal Time

The Washington Post gave about the same amount of coverage to Sunday's Earth Day festivities in the nation's capital -- as it did to January’s March for Life rally here in Washington.

However the crowd sizes for the rallies were vastly different -- despite cold and rainy conditions for both events.

The Examiner reports organizer- Earth Day Networks expected tens of thousands of people to show up for a full roster of speakers and performers --

Though the numbers were somewhere between 4 -- and several hundred.

Meanwhile -- the pro-life rally did draw what several reporters described as tens of thousands of people -- with The Washington Post estimating more than 17,000 participants on that day.

Di$appearing Act

Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine is currently under federal investigation for his role in the brokerage firm's collapse -- after the disappearance of as much as $1.6 billion dollars of customer funds.

However -- that hasn't stopped him from playing a large role in President Obama's 2012 re-election effort.

Corzine is listed by the campaign as having raised at least $500,000 bundling donations.

At the end of last year -- the Obama campaign returned Corzine's personal contributions in the wake of the MF Global scandal.

Again - Corzine -the former democratic governor of New Jersey -- has testified on Capitol Hill -- that he does not know what happened to $1.6 billion of MF Global funds.

Don't Call Us

Finally -- Florida Republican Congressman Allen West was dis-invited from keynote speaker duties -- at a local NAACP fundraiser that was supposed to happen Saturday.

The Huffington Post reports -- at issue were recent comments from west saying some 80 House Democrats are members of the communist party.

West has stood by the comments -- despite Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank saying

-- Quote -- "not even Joe McCarthy would have said anything so stupid."