Monday, October 25, 2004
Halliburton exposed by Army official
"The top civilian contracting official for the Army Corps of Engineers, charging that the Army granted the Halliburton Company large contracts for work in Iraq and the Balkans without following rules designed to ensure competition and fair prices to the government, has called for a high-level investigation of what she described as threats to the 'integrity of the federal contracting program.'
"The official, Bunnatine H. Greenhouse, said that in at least one case she witnessed, Army officials inappropriately allowed representatives of Halliburton to sit in as they discussed the terms of a contract the company was set to receive."
With all the news on the missing 380 tons of explosives it won't get much play. But the evidence is clear: Cheney's Halliburton had the inside track all along.
Friday, October 22, 2004
Timken back in the news
Here's what one response was from critics in the news:
"But critics say Timken and Bush broke one end of the bargain: The company got tax cuts, anti-dumping help and military contracts. It began building another plant in China its fourth as part of its growing presence in 27 countries.
"But the workers in Canton, where little of the military work is performed, were left to fight for their jobs. The company, though profitable, says employee costs at those plants are too high.
"'Timken is benefiting from tax breaks and from contracts at the same time they're moving jobs away from America,' said Kathy Roeder, a spokeswoman for John Kerry's presidential campaign. 'That concept is out of whack.'"
Campaign Money Watch's Special Interest Spotlight (now on hiatus) covered this earlier this year, not just once, but twice. W.R. Timken, the company's CEO, is a major Bush and Republican Party fundraisier/contributor.
Another Halliburton Rip-Off
"The U.S. Army is laying the groundwork to let Halliburton Co., keep several billion dollars paid for work in Iraq that Pentagon auditors say is questionable or unsupported by proper documentation, the Wall Street Journal reported today. ...
"The newspaper, citing the documents and internal memorandums, said that officials are considering using the estimate to serve as the basis for "an equitable settlement," under which the Pentagon could drop many of the claims its auditors have made against the company.
"But the Journal added that some disgruntled Pentagon officials see the effort to broker an outside settlement with the company as unusual because the contract is so large.
"According to the report, Kellogg Brown & Root so far has billed about $12 billion in Iraq, and about $3 billion of that remains disputed by government officials.
"The Journal also cited Pentagon records showing that $650 million in Halliburton billings are deemed questionable. An additional $2 billion is considered to have insufficient paperwork to justify the billing, the report said."
When will the fleecing end? When Cheney is back in the private sector?
Monday, October 18, 2004
"Values" TV ad on DeLay
Sunday, October 17, 2004
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Insurance company: If we don't pick the candidates, you'll get bad ones
They spoke to me a month or so ago, and I gave them this piece of the story on Health Savings Accounts, which UHG offers now that they bought up Golden Rule Insurance Company just a week and a few days before HSAs were expanded in the Medicare bill:
UnitedHealth has not only started selling such accounts, it has also chartered a bank called Exante Financial Services that can manage the 401(k)-like accounts from which individuals make withdrawals for health care expenditures.
"It's a tremendous windfall," said David Donnelly, the Boston-based director of an organization called Campaign Money Watch. "They put $500 million on the table and bought it up. The legislation was a policy that made that company worth much more."
Donnelly wrote a report this year for Campaign Money Watch that called the Golden Rule purchase "a lucrative acquisition" and questioned its timing.
UnitedHealth contributed $69,000 to 12 of the 17 members of the House-Senate conference committee that hammered out the final details of the Medicare law during a contentious two months last fall.
The company's response would be hilarious if it didn't expose how unsuited our campaign finance system is for a modern democracy:
"This is a democracy, and this is how it works," said Lois Quam, CEO of the Ovations division of UnitedHealth. "It's [William McGuire's] point of view that if good people don't go into public life, then bad people do."So, Ms. Quam... I'm trying to figure out the logic of this whopper... If wealthy people don't select the people who can run and win elective office, we'll be left with "bad" people? So, we should feel grateful that the William McGuire's of the world own our politicians?
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Nail "The Hammer"
Contribute to this campaign today: https://secure.ga3.org/03/DeLay.
We also need a name for the campaign. How about these?
Enough DeLay Already
Nail "The Hammer"
Act Without DeLay
Suggest your own. Second other nominations. Add your comments.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Misuse of taxpayer funds
Monday, October 11, 2004
Is that a Corporation in Your Pocket?
Senator John McCain chastised the company back in April when they refused to run Nightline, writing in a letter to Sinclair CEO David Smith, "Your decision to deny your viewers an opportunity to be reminded of war's terrible costs, in all their heartbreaking detail, is a gross disservice to the public, and to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. It is, in short, sir, unpatriotic. I hope it meets with the public opprobrium it most certainly deserves."
Media Matters has an advocacy campaign to take action.
Friday, October 08, 2004
Not if we can fight back. Here are our two ads:
Limits mistakes to unnamed appointments.
Bush Owned by Timber Companies
Anyway, Bush didn't know how to handle it: He's got no wit -- "Need some wood?" -- at least not one in this type of forum...
Maybe Kerry ought to say Bush is owned by timber companies. Bush got $562,547 in 2004 and $298,500 in 2000 from timber interests. That's why Bush's Healthy Forest Initiative is masquerading as a front for clearcutting.
No Tree Left Standing.
UPDATE: So there's truth to it. Here's the FactCheck.org blurb from kos.
Recurring theme from VP debate
Works well in House and Senate races, but here? Not sure.
Some more stuff on jobs, LOCALIZE!!!
Kerry's answer on the enviroment
Bush a good steward of the enviroment?
Kerry's Answer on Prescription Drugs
Prescription Drug Question: Our President on Drug (Money)
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Announcing ads in WI
On the heels of last night’s Vice Presidential debate, Campaign Money Watch began airing a television ad sharply criticizing the connections between Vice President Dick Cheney, his former corporation, Halliburton, and the Bush Administration’s decision to give the oil and military services giant a no-bid, multi-billion dollar contract in Iraq. The ad is airing in three media markets across Wisconsin.
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Edwards could have really made the charges stick on jobs, health care, Medicare, tax policy, etc. by backing them up with specific details about Bush/Cheney's funding. That's when you put Bush and Cheney into the box of being typical politicians. And the money gives the reason why Bush and Cheney pursue policies.
Bottom line: Edwards could have done better and could have really pinned much more to Bush/Cheney, by using Halliburton and other special interest deals more effectively.
Time to tell the Halliburton story
Here's the reply for Medicare
Trial lawyer response
Finishes well with story-telling.
Bush/Cheney plan on taxes
And sign a tax cut package described this way by the Washington Post:
"While Bush talked mostly about benefits for individual taxpayers, the biggest chunk of the package, about $13 billion, will go to businesses to help fund research and development."
Job loss in Ohio
Halliburton and Iran
Keep it simple, stupid
Twenty minutes in and still no mention, however.
10 minute mark
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Guide to watching the debate from HalliburtonWatch
Send an email to debate moderator Gwen Ifill to ensure that Cheney gets asked direct questions about Halliburton.
Boston Globe, Part III
Monday, October 04, 2004
Boston Globe's series on special interest money
[A few months back I provided a little bit of background information for the report.]
Read yesterday's Part I (an overview), and today's Part II (on the energy bill).
I'll post Part III when it comes out tomorrow.
Sunday, October 03, 2004
South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Donors to GOP & Bushes donors get windfall
GOP contributors set to reap benefits from Scripps deal
When Gov. Jeb Bush announced in October 2003 he had lured The Scripps Research Institute to Palm Beach County with more than $300 million in public money, he touted it as an economic boon to Floridians.
But before taxpayers see a return on the investment, among those who could benefit most from the Scripps Florida windfall are those who have donated thousands to the Republican Party and GOP candidates and have ties to the Bushes. ... [read whole article]
Friday, October 01, 2004
Yesterday's Wisconsin radio story about our ads
Pharmaceutical Money Accepted Prior to Medicare Bill Passage
An independent political group (not regulated by campaign finance laws) is criticizing President Bush for money he took from drug companies prior to passage of the Medicare bill. The ads by Campaign Money Watch are running in a part of Wisconsin that is among the most hotly contested areas in the nation. Shamane Mills reports...running time 1:57
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Debate Action: Call on Ifill to Ask Cheney About Halliburton
Here are the three questions we want Ifill to ask Cheney:
1. What can you say to the American people tonight to reassure them that your past and on-going financial relationship with Halliburton had nothing to do with the special treatment it has received from the Bush Administration?
2. Do you believe your former company, in light of the audit showing that Halliburton can't account for $1.8 billion in taxpayer money, was really the best company to be given a no-bid, multi-billion dollar contract?
3. Regarding the awarding of this no-bid contract, what did you know and when did you know it? Did you or anyone associated with you intervene or lobby on Halliburton's behalf?