Christina N. MulkaDeputy Communications DirectorOffice of US Senator Dick Durbin711 Hart Senate Bldg.Washington, DC 20510Ms. Mulka:Thank you for your June 14 e-mail.Since you've made clear that your office does not wish to comment on this story, I don't wish to trouble you. However, beforepublishing, I have a responsibility to you and to readers to provide you with fair opportunity to respond to the followingquestions. I'd welcome your responses if you wish to provide them. If so, please reply no later than end of the day thisMonday, June 20. If you require more time, just let me know before then and I'll accommodate your schedule.Re: the attached March 31, 1999 letter from Senator Durbin to former US Senator Arlen Specter.1) Please advise if your office wishes to dispute the authenticity of the letter.2) From Senator Durbin's letter:
I am writing to request that the Fiscal Year 2000 Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations bill include $1million for the Save A Life Foundation (SALF) in Chicago, Illinois. The SALF has been influential in training children to save the lives of others.This organization has trained 35,000 Cook County children since October, 1998, with the assistance of 150 firefighters, paramedics, and police officers as their instructors. Through "on sight" instruction, the SALF has been able to utilize the talents of research and rescue teams, police officers, firefighters and others, by coming into a classroom and teaching.children the fundamentals and techniques.
Despite considerable research, I've been unable to locate records that back up Sen. Durbin's claim that SALF trained 35,000Cook County children between October 1998 and March 31, 1999. In fact, records suggest that during the organization'sexistence (1993-2009), at best hundreds of Illinois children received training from SALF. Further, SALF's records describeonly a handful of firefighters, paramedics, and police officers who were at one time associated with the organization (nameson request), therefore Sen. Durbin's claim of 150 trainers may be an extreme exaggeration.Can your office substantiate these numbers? Also, would please you provide me with the source from which the senatorobtained these numbers?3) My understanding is that Sen. Durbin does not intend to respond to my question whether or not he supports aninvestigation by the Office of the Inspector General of HHS into whether the approximately $3.33 million SALF received fromthe Centers for Disease Control was properly administered. If my understanding is incorrect, please advise.Thank you for your continued attention and for your understanding of my obligation to bring this to your attention and I'dappreciate a reply in some form.Sincerely,Peter M. Heimlich3630 River Hollow RunDuluth, GA 30096ph: (208)474-7283e-mail: email@example.com: MedFraud.infoblog:
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