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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 10:45 PM
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Can't buy me love -- but the Rangers and Pioneers buy power
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost...

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"Of the 246 fundraisers identified by The Post as Pioneers in the 2000 campaign, 104 -- or slightly more than 40 percent -- ended up in a job or an appointment. A study by The Washington Post, partly using information compiled by Texans for Public Justice, which is planning to release a separate study of the Pioneers this week, found that 23 Pioneers were named as ambassadors and three were named to the Cabinet: Donald L. Evans at the Commerce Department , Elaine L. Chao at Labor and Tom Ridge at Homeland Security. At least 37 Pioneers were named to postelection transition teams, which helped place political appointees into key regulatory positions affecting industry.

A more important reward than a job, perhaps, is access. For about one-fifth of the 2000 Pioneers, this is their business -- they are lobbyists whose livelihoods depend on the perception that they can get things done in the government. More than half the Pioneers are heads of companies -- chief executive officers, company founders or managing partners -- whose bottom lines are directly affected by a variety of government regulatory and tax decisions.

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... Pioneers interviewed for these articles were reluctant to discuss on the record their contacts with the administration. "That's dead man's talk," one said. The Bush campaign declined repeated requests to reveal the entire 2000 list of Pioneers, saying it is contained in computer files they can no longer access."

Very good Washington Post article.

See bush. See bush run. See bush lose.
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:09 PM
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1. Hmmmm....
I've Googled "robot.txt + white house" before (and came up with 30 pages) but never thought to extend it to names, companies, media and individuals associated wirh Dimbo before.

Do you think I've missed something by not Googling the other combinations and invoking the "Freedom Of Information Act?"
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:18 PM
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2. Freedom of Information Act, would it apply?
I don't know. These are supposedly private parties (yeah, right), but they're definitely influencing public policy.

The article indicates that more will be revealed later in the week, IIRC.

Stay tuned to the latest episode of "bush nosedives into political oblivion."
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LittleApple81 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:33 PM
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3. Check this one out. It is really...neat (it is a yuckky word, but
I cannot describe any other way). It is a graphical depiction of the web of influence around the Bush*'s bush. You can click and click and get more and more of the web with names, positions, relationships...

Bush spheres of influence

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/pioneers/...
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Straight Shooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 11:44 PM
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4. That's incredible.
I clicked on the bush oil ventures and got this tidbit: His ventures were financed in part by Wall Street bankers close to his uncle Jonathan.

Yes, that same Jonathan associated with the suspicion of money-laundering, that the bank just paid a big fine.

Nice little photo they have of smirky on the Spheres of Influence link.
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