Sunday, March 19, 2006

A few things to add to that last post.

Apparently John Ashcroft has entered the lobbying business (from the WAPO):

One of Mr. Ashcroft's newest clients is ChoicePoint, a broker of consumer data that is increasingly being used by the government to keep tabs on people within the United States. The company received millions of dollars in contracts from the Justice Department under Mr. Ashcroft as part of the war on terror and has now hired him to find more.

More at No More Mister Nice Blog

Though it's old news now, I don't recall hearing that Haley Barbour's niece (by marriage) had been awarded a Katrina reconstruction contract.

If you're curious about the Rogers in Barber, Griffith and Rogers, it's the same Ed Rogers who is frequently introduced as a Republican strategist on both MSNBC and CNN. That would be the same Ed Rogers who first attracted attention, during the first Bush administration, as a bit player in the BCCI scandal. That would even be the same Ed Rogers, who joined up with lobbyist and former FEMA chief Josephn Allbaughto form New Bridge Strategies, a company whose mission statement reads (in part):

New Bridge Strategies, LLC is a unique company that was created specifically with the aim of assisting clients to evaluate and take advantage of business opportunities in the Middle East following the conclusion of the U.S.-led war in Iraq

Connect the dots. Former Republican Attorney General now representing firms he once worked with as AG. High ranking Republican strategist (and former bagman for the BCCI) partnering with one time Republican FEMA chief to help firms profit from both Gulf Coast and Iraq reconstruction. Same strategist also a business partner with former RNC head and current Mississippi governor in lobbying firm representing corporations that profit immensely from Gulf Coast Reconstruction. To top it all off, the GOP has been so impressed with said governor's handling of post-Katrina reconstruction that there's serious talk of putting him on the next presidential ticket. Yet somehow we're expected to believe that the rest of the Republican Party was surprised and outraged by Jack Abramoff's actions.

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