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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Corruption Roundup 

I'm quite busy at work and I've also come down with a low-grade fever and other flu-like symptoms (in June? wtf?), but here are links to three stories of what certainly seem to be simply abject corruption on the part Republicans:
  1. Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham sells his home to a defense contractor for $1.675M; Said defense contractor flips the house for...$975,000. The Duke makes out with $700k. Josh Marshall has been all over this. Read his site for much more info.
  2. Ted Stevens, Republican senator from Alaska, invests $50,000 with a developer in 1997. Last year, Stevens is bought out for $872,000. During this time period, Stevens helped the developer land a $450M deal to build housing on an Air Force base. Kevin Drum has the info and further links.
  3. The AP reports that a "former White House official and one-time oil industry lobbyist whose editing of government reports on climate change prompted criticism from environmentalists will join Exxon Mobil Corp., the oil company said Tuesday." Again, from Kevin Drum, we have the timeline, which is basically (1) Exxon Mobil lobbies against Kyoto; (2) Philip Cooney, a White House official, edits a government report "in ways that play down links between [greenhouse gas] emissions and global warming"; (3) Cooney resigns from the White House; (4) Cooney returns to work for Exxon Mobil.

The moral values of the GOP, for all to see. Plain as day.

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