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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-13-05 09:36 AM
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U.S. paid for media firm Afghans didn't want (Millions to Rendon Group)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-0512130124dec13,1,3302014.story

U.S. paid for media firm Afghans didn't want
Millions spent despite complaints deals were `rip-off' to taxpayers


KABUL, Afghanistan -- When The Rendon Group was hired to help Afghan President Hamid Karzai with media relations in early 2004, few thought it was a bad idea. Though Rendon's $1.4million bill seemed high for Afghanistan, the U.S. government was paying.

Within seven months, however, Karzai was ready to get rid of Rendon. So was Zalmay Khalilzad, then the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and now the American envoy in Iraq, according to interviews, e-mails and memos obtained by the Tribune. The complaint: too much money for not enough work.

Despite such grumbling, The Rendon Group, based in Washington, managed to secure even more U.S.-funded work with Karzai's government, this time a $3.9 million contract funded by the Pentagon, to create a media team for Afghan anti-drug programs. Jeff Raleigh, who helped oversee Rendon in Kabul for the U.S. Embassy, and others in the U.S. government said they objected because of Karzai's and Khalilzad's opposition but were overruled by Defense Department superiors in Washington.

"It was a rip-off of the U.S taxpayer," said Raleigh, who left the U.S. Embassy in September.

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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-13-05 11:11 AM
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1. kick because this our tax dollars being spent...
:kick:
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-13-05 11:43 AM
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2. "It was a rip-off of the U.S taxpayer,"
soooprise, soooprise, soooprise.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-13-05 12:01 PM
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3. Is Rendon the outfit that's run by
that 30 year old wunderkind? I think I saw a picture of him a couple of weeks ago. Very odd...
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drm604 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-13-05 12:05 PM
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4. "too much money for not enough work"
I wonder if this is another firm that's funneling tax dollars to Republican campaign coffers?
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