SWIFT BOAT VET GOT $40M CONTRACT FROM BUSH
The Bush White House has denied any connection to the Swift Boat Veterans
for Truth - the group that has been airing factually unsupportable smear
ads against Sen. John Kerry's war record. But a new report today shows that
one of the key accusers in the smear ads was a lobbyist for a company that
recently received a massive federal contract from the Bush administration.
As the Washington Post reports, Rear Admiral William L. Schachte Jr., the
man who claims Kerry was not under fire when he received his first Purple
Heart, is a top lobbyist for a defense contractor that recently won a $40
million grant from the Bush administration. According to a March 18 legal
filing by Schachte's firm, Blank Rome, Schachte was one of the lobbyists
working for FastShip's effort to secure federal contracts. On Feb. 2,
FastShip announced the Bush administration had awarded it $40 million.
Schachte has other connections to the Bush administration. The Washington
Post notes David Norcross, Schachte's colleague in the Washington office of
Blank Rome, is chairman of this week's Republican convention in New York.
Records show that Schachte gave $1,000 to Bush's 2000 and 2004 campaigns.
Additionally, Schachte helped organize veterans' efforts against Sen. John
McCain (R-AZ) and for Bush in the 2000 South Carolina primary.
This is not the first member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth who has
been revealed to be connected to the President. The Bush-Cheney campaign's
top outside lawyer was forced to resign after he admitted providing legal
services to the veterans group. The Bush-Cheney campaign's veterans
adviser was also featured in one of the smear ads.
1. "Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan," WhiteHouse.gov, 8/20/04,
2. "A Swift Shift in Stories," Washington Post, 8/31/04,
3. "FastShip, Inc. to Receive $40 million in Federal Support for Marine
Cargo Terminal in Philadelphia," FastShipAtlantic.com, 2/02/04,
4. "A Swift Shift in Stories," Washington Post, 8/31/04,
5. OpenSecrets.org, 8/04,
6. Charleston Post & Courier, 2/17/2000.
7. "Bush-Cheney Lawyer Advised Anti-Kerry Vets," Washington Post, 8/25/04,
8. "Bush Campaign Drops Swift Boat Ad Figure," Washington Post, 8/22/04,
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