Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Payola snowball rolls

via Josh Marshall:

It turns out that Armstrong Williams wasn't the only pundit on the Bush administration payroll. Maggie Gallagher got $21,500 from HHS to flack Bush administration marriage and
family policy. .... On top of that, says Kurtz: "Gallagher received an additional $20,000 from the Bush administration in 2002 and 2003 for writing a report, titled 'Can Government Strengthen Marriage?', for a private organization called the National Fatherhood Initiative."

When you read a bit further down into the piece you find this fact: The fellow who hired Gallagher at HHS is Wade Horn, HHS assistant secretary for children and families. And what'd he do before he started work for the Bush administration? Right, he founded the National Fatherhood Iniative.

The Repugs never even tried an Abu Ghraib-style "bad apple" defense on the Armstrong Williams story, so it was obvious more of these were coming. My guess is -- lots more. Defending the indefensible can't be cheap, though Gallagher's price is rather humble. The Poor Man set up an over and under pool a few weeks ago -- my guess is a lot of the odds just got shorter, and the expected payola just got lower.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:53 PM  

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