Saturday, June 24, 2006

100 large for facetime with Our Dear Embattled Leader.

According to the AP, that was the going price with the Abramoff-Norquisling crew for a sitdown with the Golden Boy.
Wanted: Face time with
President Bush or top adviser Karl Rove. Suggested donation: $100,000. The middleman: lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Blunt e-mails that connect money and access in Washington show that prominent Republican activist Grover Norquist facilitated some administration contacts for Abramoff's clients while the lobbyist simultaneously solicited those clients for large donations to Norquist's tax-exempt group....

...."Can the tribes contribute $100,000 for the effort to bring state legislatures and those tribal leaders who have passed Bush resolutions to Washington?" Norquist wrote Abramoff in one such e-mail in July 2002.

"When I have funding, I will ask Karl Rove for a date with the president. Karl has already said 'yes' in principle and knows you organized this last time and hope to this year," Norquist wrote in the e-mail.
The White House is, naturally, denying any knowledge of the price, which has to make us wonder how much was laundered to the Party and how much stuck to Abramoff & Norquisling.


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