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From: Mulka, Christina (Durbin) Mulka, Christina (Durbin) To: Lee Cary [mailto:lee.cary@att.

net] Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 12:51 PM Subject: RE: media inquiry - SALF Lee, Senator Durbins involvement was limited to the service he would provide for any Illinois constituent he and his staff helped the founder navigate the bureaucracy in Washington. As you saw in the CNN video, Senator Durbins support was personal in nature and did not extend beyond having sympathy with Carol Spizzirri. Senator Durbin wrote no legislation on behalf of SALF and never worked to appropriated funding for the organization. And, I hardly think that a video that is 15 years old of Senator Durbin expressing sympathy for a woman who lost her daughter in a tragic accident is evidence of long-term support. Christina Mulka Press Secretary 202.228.5643

From: Lee Cary [mailto:lee.cary@att.net] Sent: Friday, July 30, 2010 6:18 PM To: Mulka, Christina (Durbin) Subject: Re: media inquiry - SALF Christina, Thanks for your prompt reply. Based on your response, my understanding is that the Senator is on the record that his last contact with the Save-A-Life Foundation was in 1995. If that information is incorrect, please get back to me by end of the day Tuesday, 8/3. If you require more time, please advise and I'll do my best to adjust to your schedule. By the way, regarding Ms. Spizzirri and her organization, you may wish to watch this 11/16/06 ABC7 report by Chuck Goudie. Google for more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seIAv1z2wSc Lee From: Mulka, Christina (Durbin) To: Lee Cary Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 2:23 PM Subject: RE: media inquiry - SALF Lee You have asked about a 15 year old contact between then-Congressman Durbin and a constituent; I explained he was sympathetic to her in the wake of terrible personal tragedy. You have asked whether Sen. Durbin has provided support for her or her organization; I explained that other than being sympathetic on a personal level, he has not secured federal or private funds for her or her group, and did not introduce any legislation to assist SALF while he served in the House or the Senate. You asked for an on-the-record statement from our office; we provided you with such a statement. In each case, I have responded as quickly as possible and to the best of my ability about an event that occurred more than a decade ago, and has not been an on-going issue for this office since. And off-the-record: Given the ideological bent of your website, I will confess that I am suspicious of your motives. I think we will let our responses to your previous questions stand, and move on to other, more timely matters. Christina Mulka Press Secretary 202.228.5643 From: Lee Cary To: Mulka, Christina (Durbin) Sent: Monday, August 02, 2010 5:48 PM Subject: SALF & Sen. Durbin Confirmation Christina, Thanks for your reply. You have indeed been very responsive and I greatly appreciate that. I'll assume you've discussed this this matter with the Senator, or someone who can speak for him, and that he's confirmed that his most recent contact with any SALF representative was in 1995. If my assumption is incorrect, please let me know by the end of this week. Re: your statement about the "ideological bent of my website," I don't have a website. My articles are published by a variety of sites. As to whether I have any bends, ideological or otherwise, I'll leave that to others to determine. However, in what may challenge your assumptions about me, a few days ago the Cincinnati Beacon published a letter I sent last week to three IL congressmen - all Republicans - asking about what happened to millions in federal funding for SALF that they appear to have helped to arrange: http://bit.ly/94LPFH I only hope their offices will be as responsive to my questions as you have been. Thanks again and please get back to me if the Senator wishes to modify any of your previous statements. Sincerely, Lee