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Talking Points Memo
(March 24, 2006 -- 03:37 PM EDT)
Back on the question of how Barbara Bush donated money for Katrina aid and 'earmarked' part of it for the purchase of educational software produced by Ignite!, the company her son, Neil Bush, to bag money from international potentates, tycoons and crooks. Taxprof's got a post on a subject I've been curious about. George and Barbara Bush -- like a lot of other folks investment for non-economic reasons -- are actually investors in Ignite!
So how is it exactly you get away with making a tax subsidized contribution that you stipulate must be used to purchase products from a company in which you are a partial owner?
Isn't that a scam of some sort?
-- Josh Marshall
Barbara Bush Directed Katrina Donation to Son’s Company
Meanwhile it has been revealed that when First Lady Barbara Bush donated money for Hurricane Katrina evacuees in Houston, her donation came with specific instructions: part of it had to be spent on buying educational software from her son Neil Bush's company, Ignite Learning. Former President Bush's chief of staff Jean Becker defended the donation saying "Mrs. Bush wanted to do something specifically for education and specifically for the thousands of students flooding into the Houston schools.”