Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Got connections? Earn yourself $9 Million!
The NY Times reports that lobbyist Jack Abramoff asked for $9 million in 2003 from the president of Gabon when tasked with setting up a meeting between George W and the African leader. Now that's some serious money.

President Omar Bongo of Gabon did in fact meet with Bush in the Oval Office in May 2004, but there is no evidence that Abramoff played any part. Clearly $9 million is not neccessarily a huge some to a country, depending on the scale of result possible in meeting with the US President, but it's certainly a large sum to be paid to a lobbyist. The sum came up in court documents after Abramoff was recently indicted in Florida on federal fraud charges.