Skip to comments.Enron's Ties to Bush Run Deep (DNC press release nonsense)
Posted on 05/25/2006 4:23:08 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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"Democrats' Ties to Satan Run Deep"
I think you'll find that Enron's ties to BJ are even better.
That's funny because Forbes magazine said some time ago that the bulk of Enron's illegal activities took place during the Clinton administration.
Clinton's lawyer, Robert Bennett, actually represented Enron.
I wrote a letter to the editor about this once and Clinton was in with Enron MUCH deeper than President Bush.
Not that the left ever let the facts get in the way of their agenda.
This is too easy, but on one on the Pubbie side has the balls to point this out...
Enron's Crimes = Committed Under Clinton
Enron's Crimes = Punished Under Bush
Well....if Ken Mehlman was the gutter tripe that the DNC Chairman is....he would be able to tit-for-tat dig up all kinds of ties between DEMS and corrupt business people..
But, he won't.
Besides, anyone that would be swayed by this already hates Bush anyway...no harm, no foul.
Kindly fasten your seatbelts, ladies and gentlemen. Here it comes, tra la!
"Enron's Crimes = Committed Under Clinton
Enron's Crimes = Punished Under Bush"
BINGO! Thank you for playing. You've just won an all expenses paid vacation in...................
I think Ken Lay contributed more money to Clinton, and I read that he was an overnight guest in the Clinton White House four times! Too bad they can't tell the WHOLE truth!
Waxman, the House Government Reform Committee's ranking Democrat, has been pressing for an investigation into contacts between Lay and White House officials to see if bankrupt Enron Corp. got special treatment.
Lay, chairman of the Houston-based energy giant, "has had unlimited access to the administration," Waxman complained.
While that may be true, the same could be said of Lay's access to the previous administration something Democrats and the Washington media seem to be overlooking.
Government records examined by WorldNetDaily show that, during the Clinton years, Lay and other Enron executives got seats on at least four Energy Department trade missions and at least seven Commerce Department trade trips, including a junket to India that would later get Lay in some hot water.
From Jan. 13, 1995, to Jan. 21, 1995, Lay joined late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown on the India junket.
Half way through the mission, two federal export-finance agencies the Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corp. announced they had agreed to lend nearly $400 million to an Enron-led group to build a $920 million electric power plant in Dabhoi, India.
The second phase of the power project called for building a 1,320-megawatt plant that would be fired by liquefied natural gas.
The project's overall value was about $3 billion.
Lay pal Mack McLarty, then-White House counselor, helped him close the deal by tracking the project with the U.S. ambassador to New Delhi and briefing Lay on the administration's efforts. (President Clinton even helped. White House documents uncovered by Time in 1997 show he wrote a Nov. 22, 1996, FYI note to McLarty and enclosed a newspaper article on Enron and the power project.)
Then in June 1996 four days before India gave final OK to Lay's project Enron gave $100,000 to the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's re-election effort.
Public-interest law firm Judicial Watch has pried away memo after memo showing that both Commerce and White House officials picked trade mission participants based on their support for the president's party.
Enron has denied the gift was political payback.
Seeds to the India deal may have been planted during a July 1, 1994, to July 15, 1994, trade mission led by former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary.
Terence Thorn, Enron's senior vice president for governmental affairs, accompanied O'Leary on that trip.
Clinton said he asked O'Leary to visit India "to further our talks on renewable energy."
Thorn had accompanied O'Leary previously, in February 1994, on a trade mission to China.
In September of that year, the Enron officer went on an Energy trade mission to Pakistan, and again, in August 1995, on a junket to South Africa.
O'Leary caught flak for her junkets because they ran over budget, and she couldn't account for many expenses.
But the controversy didn't stop there.
An analysis of Federal Election Commission records by Investor's Business Daily found that many of the major DNC donors who got seats on the trips tended to open their wallets wider after they returned, often scoring big business deals from the government-sponsored, taxpayer-paid overseas excursions.
There were several other Commerce trips, including one to Russia in March-April 1994 joined by Enron International Chairman and CEO Rodney Gray, one to South Korea in 1999 joined by Thorn, and one to the Middle East in October 1995 in which Lay participated.
Cronyism not limited to Bush
In a report last month exposing the cozy ties between Enron and the Bush administration, the Los Angeles Times pointed out that Lay is on a first-name basis with Bush, an old Texas oil buddy. Lay also has ties to top administration officials, such as White House economic adviser Larry Lindsey, an ex-Enron consultant, and U.S. Trade Representative Bob Zoellick, a former Enron advisory board member, the article noted.
Left out of the L.A. Times' analysis, however, were Lay's similarly close ties to Clinton administration officials.
McLarty and Lay developed a friendship while working in the energy field together. Before becoming Clinton's chief of staff, and later his counselor, McLarty was chairman of Arkla Inc., which later became NorAm Energy Corp.
Largely as a result of that connection, Lay was a frequent visitor at the Clinton White House, records show.
Lay returned the favor by snatching up McLarty for Enron after he left the White House.
He also hired as a consultant Betsy Moler, Clinton's deputy energy secretary. She was accused of stopping Energy Department counterintelligence chief Notra Trulock from briefing Congress early on about Chinese espionage and security lapses at Energy's nuclear weapons labs.
In addition, Lay recently hired former Clinton Treasury official Linda Robertson, a Democrat, to run Enron's Washington office.
Enron contributed some $530,000 to the DNC during the 2000 election alone.
LOL. Poor rats. Enron is over in the next 24 hour news cycle. Totally over. Can't say the same for William "Cool Hard Cash" Jefferson, "Too Talky" Rockefeller, "Millions in Months" Mollohan, Harry "Big Wampum" Reid, Dick "Turban" Durbin and more to come. Hehehehe.....
classic...think the media will point out that Lay called Bush when Enron was sinking to ask for help and the President said "no"???
Remember how the Dems and their friends in the MSM TRIED this nonsense years ago when the scandel first broke?
They tried to make some sort of connection between Bush and Enron that would bring him down....but all they could do is parrot "Bush...Enron...Bush....Enron!" and NOTHING EVER materialized.
Those looking into it found more connections between the Clinton administration and Enron than Bush. And that is where it ended.
The weakness of Democrats and the MSM is laughable...especially when you see them flailing wildly at Bush and making fools of themselves like this.
They are pathetic.
Please go to work for the Bush Administration. Or the RNC. You have given the easy answer to end the spin. Simple to understand and short enough to put on a t-shirt. Thank you!
To reply tit for tat to Dean's charges would not mean that Mehlmen is gutter tripe, instead it would mean that he wants to defeat the Democrats and keep the House and Senate.
Ping for your material!
How Enron "Worked" The President
This is an interesting bit of information that you don't hear much about.
A...Enron's chairman did meet with the president and the vice president in the Oval Office.
B..Enron gave $420,000 to the president's party over three years.
C..It donated $100,000 to the president's inauguration festivities.
D..The Enron chairman stayed at the White House 11 times.
E..The corporation had access to the administration at its highest level and even enlisted the Commerce and State Departments to grease deals for it.
F..The taxpayer-supported Export-Import Bank subsidized Enron for more than $600 million in just one transaction. Scandalous!!
G..BUT...the President under whom all this happened WASN'T George W. Bush.
It was Bill Clinton!!
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