These people corrupt everything they touch; even their "good works" are tainted with kickbacks, insider deals and political grease. There is nothing they won't turn to their own partisan and financial advantage -- not even the death and suffering of stricken children. And Frist -- that cat-torturing, Bush-licking goon --continues to shame the Senate and the good people of Tennessee as his miserable term in office draws to a rancid close. But don't think for a minute that any of this dirt will stop his rise to the presidency -- if the Bushist powers-that-be happen to decide that he is the best front-man to carry on their criminal operation. If they do, then all their elaborate, well-oiled machinery of "electoral engineering" will be placed at his disposal, manufacturing a counterfeit consent for his Oval enthronement -- just as it did for Bush in 2000 and, yes, in 2004 as well. (Mark Crispin Miller's devastating book, Fooled Again, gives the full story of the latter campaign -- but much more on that book in this space a bit later on.)
Excerpts: Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful's nonprofit. The returns for World of Hope Inc., obtained by The Associated Press, also show the charity raised the lion's share of its $4.4 million from just 18 sources...The donors included several corporations with frequent business before Congress, such as insurer Blue Cross/Blue Shield, manufacturer 3M, drug maker Eli Lilly and the Goldman Sachs investment firm.
World of Hope gave $3 million it raised to charitable AIDS causes, such as Africare and evangelical Christian groups with ties to Republicans - Franklin Graham's Samaritan Purse and the Rev. Luis Cortes' Esperanza USA, for example. The rest of the money went to overhead. That included $456,125 in consulting fees to two firms run by Frist's longtime political fundraiser, Linus Catignani. One is jointly run by Linda Bond, the wife of Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond, R-Mo. The charity also hired the law firm of Vogel's wife, Jill Holtzman Vogel, and Frist's Tennessee accountant, Deborah Kolarich. Kolarich's name recently surfaced in an e-mail involving Frist's controversial sale of stock in his family founded health care company. That transaction is now under federal investigation.