Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Let them eat cruise ships?
Jack Abramoff, the GOP lobbyist under investigation by federal authorities for fraud, repeatedly sought the help of Bush strategist Ralph Reed to open doors at the White House for his business clients, according to E-mails made public yesterday.
The E-mails show Abramoff pushed for intervention from deputy White House chief of staff Karl Rove on at least three occasions since 2001 to promote business opportunities.
The E-mails show that 10 days after the 9/11 attacks, Abramoff promoted a business venture to rent cruise ships to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house rescue workers off New York City.
Responding to Abramoff's request for help, Reed wrote on Sept. 21, 2001: "Put in a tag call to Karl to find out the best contact at FEMA."Why would rescue workers after 9/11 need Cruise Ships? DeLay also wanted to use them during the convention. And they have been used [mostly unused as I posted here] at HIGHER THAN market value in New Orleans post-katrina.
from AP via The News Blog