Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, walks on the South Lawn at the White House after arriving with President Bush, not pictured, Sunday, July 13, 2008, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Such a bargain! The Sunday Times (the Teabag one) reported this li'l chestnut yesterday:
During an undercover investigation by The Sunday Times, [Bush flack Stephen] Payne was asked to arrange meetings in Washington for an exiled former central Asian president. He outlined the cost of facilitating such access.
“The exact budget I will come up with, but it will be somewhere between $600,000 and $750,000, with about a third of it going directly to the Bush library,” said Payne, who sits on the US homeland security advisory council.
He said initially that the “family” of the Asian politician should make the donation. He later added that if all the money was paid to him he would make the payment to the Bush library. Publicly, it would appear to have been made in the politician’s name “unless he wants to be anonymous for some reason”.
Payne said the balance of the $750,000 would go to his own lobbying company, Worldwide Strategic Partners (WSP).
Asked by an undercover reporter who the politician would be able to meet for that price, Payne said: “Cheney’s possible, definitely the national security adviser [Stephen Hadley], definitely either Dr Rice or . . . I think a meeting with Dr Rice or the deputy secretary [John Negroponte] is possible . . .
Neat! Sounds like Condi's always available! She's like a fabulous vending machine!
I bet if you make it an even $1 million, they'll guarantee full release.