Tuesday, June 20, 2006

BellSouth's "K Street Project" Connections

Our friends in charge of the Batman Building supplied U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA)--who with Tom Delay, Grover Norquist, and Jack Abramoff lead the "K Street Project"--with their corporate jet earlier this year two days before he spoke from the Senate floor against elected officials accepting rides on corporate jets. On board with Santorum was BellSouth's top Washington lobbyist. Santorum had also accepted ten other free flights--some on BellSouth's jet--during 2004 and 2005 when he was advocating for legislation favoring BellSouth.

My guess is that the extra costs for jet-setting, or what now amounts to helping Senator Santorum get re-elected in November, were either passed on to BellSouth's customers or are being claimed as business-related deductions on BellSouth's tax return. Either way, we are subsidizing and supporting K-Street sleaze.

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