Friday, July 18, 2008

Alleged GOP influence-peddler failed to register foreign lobbying

Follow-up of 14 July post, reporting the the Department of Homeland Security was investigating whether a member of the department's advisory council offered to arrange meetings with senior administration officials in exchange for a large donation to the Bush presidential library...more

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- The Justice Department says it has no record that it told a GOP lobbyist accused of influence-peddling that he did not have to register his activities arranging visits to the United States and meetings with Bush administration officials for Central Asian politicians...more at UPI

A letter from Henry Waxman, chairman of the Oversight Committe wrote to Mr. Payne;

Dear Mr. Payne:

I am writing regarding a report that you solicited funds for the George W. Bush Presidential Library in return for access to senior U.S. foreign policy officials. This is a matter that the Oversight Committee will investigate...more at 'The Gavel'

While many are concerned that Presidential Libraries be held accountable, it is worth noting that a larger issue is corruption within the newest, and perhaps the largest Department in US History.

The Department of Homeland Security may very well offer this man up as a scape-goat, and an example for others in the department.

I will continue to follow this story, and 'tag' all relevant feeds as I recieve them. Feeds on this topic can be viewed at Bush Library Scandal . This link will be placed with other feed links in the 'Topic Tree' on the right side-bar of this page.

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