Bush trading political favors for money

Now with video!!!

From the Times of London:

Just in case you can’t see the video, in it Homeland Security adviser and Houston-based lobbyist Steven Payne tells Kazakh politician Yerzhan Dosmukhamedov that he can setup a meeting with Cheney, Rice and other top administration officials in exchange for donations of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the future Bush Library. As TPM notes, “unlike campaigns, presidential libraries do not have to disclose their donors.”

You can also read more about Payne’s 20-year relationship with Bush in this TPM story.

It takes immense naievete to believe money doesn’t play a huge part in politics, but this type of brazen influence peddling is still shocking. Kudos to the Times for getting it on tape.

Again, it’s too bad we can’t expect the Democrats to anything about this latest evidence of corruption.

One Comment

  1. Ian

    They are just messing with us now.