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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 06:19 AM
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Mississippi Governor's Associates Profit From Katrina Recovery
Many Mississippians have benefited from Governor Haley Barbour's efforts to rebuild the state's devastated Gulf Coast in the two years since Hurricane Katrina. The $15 billion or more in federal aid the former Republican national chairman attracted has reopened casinos and helped residents move to new or repaired homes.

Among the beneficiaries are Barbour's own family and friends, who have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from hurricane-related business. A nephew, one of two who are lobbyists, saw his fees more than double in the year after his uncle appointed him to a special reconstruction panel. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in June raided a company owned by the wife of a third nephew, which maintained federal emergency- management trailers.

Meanwhile, the governor's own former lobbying firm, which he says is still making payments to him, has represented at least four clients with business linked to the recovery.

No evidence has surfaced that Barbour violated the law; at the same time, the pattern that emerges from public records and interviews raises ``many red flags,'' said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center, a watchdog group in Falls Church, Virginia, that investigates the investments of government officials. ``At the minimum, the public is entitled to a full explanation of the facts,'' he said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601070&sid=aG1...
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displacedtexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 06:23 AM
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1. Having another Claude Rains Moment here
I'm shocked! Shocked, I tell you...



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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 06:23 AM
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2. Haley Barbour is a pro-cronie good-ol-boy deal-makin' lackey?
I'm shocked.

SHOCKED.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-16-07 06:48 AM
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3. But he has such great hair...
He was always one of the most sleaziest guys...

But I hate to say this, when I think of Mississippi, I sure don't think of Ethical, open government...

Sorry and Mississippians here on board...

It's just my perseption...

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