Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Another Clownhaller On The Take

The Bush Administration pisses away more of your hard-earned tax dollars, paying pundits to promote half-wit right-wing morality ploy:

In 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher repeatedly defended President Bush's push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families.

But Gallagher failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal. Her work under the contract, which ran from January through October 2002, included drafting a magazine article for the HHS official overseeing the initiative, writing brochures for the program and conducting a briefing for department officials.


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. That report, published last year, was funded by a Justice Department grant, said NFI spokesman Vincent DiCaro. Gallagher said she was "aware vaguely" that her work was federally funded.

Gallagher's defenses: I forgot I was on the take, and Armstrong Williams got paid more than me.

How many more of these right-wing leeches will be exposed? Or maybe the question should be, is there any right-wing pundit who isn't on the dole?

The Corner has BatsBoy on point for ass-covering duty. From now own, whenever you read Jonah, just picture Karl Rove with a hand up his ass, pulling Jonah's strings.

MORE: Josh Marshall and Atrios are already all over this.

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