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Monday, January 30, 2006

New GOP Campaign Funding method?

Apparently, the reconstruction funds disappearing in Iraq without any records may be ending up in Republican campaign coffers.

Tens of millions of dollars in cash had gone in and out of the South-Central Region vault without any tracking of who deposited or withdrew the money, and why it was taken out," says a report by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction, which is in the midst of a series of audits for the Pentagon and State Department.

Much of the first audit reports deal with contracting in south-central Iraq, one of the country's least-hostile regions. Audits have yet to be released for the occupation authority's spending in the rest of Iraq.

The audits offer a window into the chaotic U.S.-led occupation of Iraq of 2003-04, when inexperienced American officials — including workers from President Bush's election campaign — organized a cash-intensive "hearts and minds" mission to rebuild Iraq's devastated economy.

Did you catch that - Bush's campaign stooges organized a cash give away worth billions that has NOTHING to do with a campaign. Political operatives on the take. What's the point of putting your party soldiers in charge of billions in cash if you can't profit a little by having it set up so that the program is unauditable? So that there are no signatures required to check out, oh say, $10 Million in cash? Every week. This is a new level of money-laundering that makes organized crime look like girl scouts.

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