Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Two in as many this just the tip of the iceberg?

Second Columnist Admits Payments To Promote Bush Initiatives.
The Washington Post (1/26, Kurtz) reports that in 2002, syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher “repeatedly defended President Bush's push for a $300 million initiative encouraging marriage as a way of strengthening families.” Gallagher “failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal.” Gallagher said she “would have ‘been happy to tell anyone who called me’ about the contract but that ‘frankly, it never occurred to me’ to disclose it.” Gallagher “received an additional $20,000 from the Bush administration in 2002 and 2003 for writing a report, titled ‘Can Government Strengthen Marriage?’, for a private organization called the National Fatherhood Initiative.”


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