Bush-Enron Lovefest Connections
you listen to the mainstream press, you'd get the impression that George
Bush and Ken Lay barely knew each other. This collection of articles
proves otherwise. Unfortunately, it also proves that George Bush is
lying to us about his relationship with Lay.
Reveal Enron's Clout on Energy Agenda
November 13, 2002
its highflying days, Enron Corp. sought to guide the new Bush administration
toward a sweeping energy agenda, ranging from creating a national electricity
grid to opposing protection of domestic steel products, according to
documents made public Tuesday by congressional investigators."
Served on Harken Board During Enron Trades
October 22, 2002
President Bush (news - web sites) served on Harken Energy Corp.'s board
more than 10 years ago, it engaged in complex trades with Enron Corp.,
a watchdog group said on Tuesday."
their own business at the White House
July 9, 2002
and his administration have a string of links to the companies at the
heart of the scandals rocking America"
Bush Did Try to Save Enron
May 29, 2002
Enron’s crisis worsened through the first nine months of the Bush presidency,
Ken Lay got Bush’s help in three principal ways: . . ."
House Acknowledges More Contacts With Enron
May 23, 2002
House officials had more extensive contacts with Enron executives in
2001 than previously disclosed, according to a document released by
the Bush administration today in response to a request for information
from a Senate committee."
With Bill Moyer, In-Depth Transcript: Kevin Phillips
May 21, 2002
the examples of the Bush family's role in the rise of Enron. Here, we're
running around, we're blaming these accountants, these, uh ... tricksters
that were in Enron, but George W. and George H.W., his father, were
very much involved in the whole rise of Enron's influence and power
in this country. But you ... you don't see that."
dim Enron excuses: How could the president not have known what was going
May 15, 2002
that the Enron culprits have been caught red-handed, might not the media
inquire of the president whether he takes any responsibility for nearly
bankrupting California by refusing to come to the state's aid in a timely
from Ken Lay to George Bush about the Uzbekistan Pipeline
April 17, 1997
George, You will be meeting with Ambassador Sadyq Safaev, Uzbekistan's
Ambassador to the United States."
Hiring of Bush Adviser Probed by Federal Election Panel
April 23, 2002
Federal Election Commission is looking into a complaint that Enron Corp.
may have violated campaign-finance laws by hiring an adviser to George
W. Bush as a company consultant, according to a regulatory filing and
interviews with Enron officials."
Press: Bush should fire Army secretary over Enron
April 1, 2002
Secretary Thomas E. White's] sole qualification for office was being
a top Enron executive. That, of course, was enough to get over 50 people
important jobs in the administration. Who says Bush doesn't take care
of his friends?
What Dick Cheney Knew
April 15th issue
so close was the Cheney-Enron relationship that it is entirely reasonable
to ask whether ethical and legal lines were crossed."
Biggest Enron Liability: The Case Against Thomas White Grows
March 29, 2002
one of the guys in command while this chicanery occurs gets to be in
charge of the United States Army? Welcome to George W. Bush's America.
White's failure to divest quickly enough, his trip to Aspen, his calls
to former Enron pals--that's small change compared to what he oversaw
and Bush: the mystery deepens
March 28, 2002
the flap over the Bush administration and Enron is winding down? Think
release by the administration of thousands of pages of documents related
to its energy task force last year has only heightened speculation that
the Bush team is hiding something by refusing to provide logs of Vice
President Dick Cheney's meetings with energy executives."
Business and family values
March 11, 2002
hasn't said it yet, but by this definition, Enron undoubtedly meets
the criteria for corporate wickedness, and thus deserves to boil in
hot pitch or whatever else the White House's inquisitors are inflicting
on evildoers these days.
unfortunate that Bush and his family are so closely tied to performing
Joined Unit of Enron in '86 Venture to Seek Oil
March 6, 2002
his earliest known tie to the Enron Corporation (news/quote), President
Bush, then an oil man in West Texas, joined an energy drilling venture
organized in 1986 by a subsidiary of Enron."
First Enron Connection: Bush and Company Were Oil Partners
March 4, 2002
George W. Bush once have a financial relationship with Enron? In 1986,
according to publicly available records, the two drilled for oil together--at
a time when Bush was a not-too-successful oil man in Texas and his oil
venture was in dire need of help. Bush's business association with Enron,
it seems, has not previously been reported."
executives helped Bush shape failed Texas tax plan
February 26, 2002
George W. Bush's attempt to overhaul the Texas tax system in the mid-1990s
would have saved Enron Corp. a reported $9 million a year alone in property
taxes, and possibly much more in franchise taxes.
the plan, shaped with help from an Enron executive and a board member,
encountered an obstacle that could not be overcome: Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock,
the Democrat whose power in Austin exceeded Bush's."
February 21, 2002
writes that in 1988 George W. Bush actually served as a lobbyist for
Enron, telephoning the Argentine government to promote an Enron pipeline
proposal. Bush’s staff has denied that Bush made that phone call, but
an Argentine cabinet minister says he did. In any event, Bush’s father
was president-elect when Bush made the alleged phone call, a fact that
could not have been lost on the Argentine government."
Bush smoothed path for Enron
February 18, 2002
Bush as Texas governor personally pushed Enron Corp.'s business interests
with the Uzbekistan ambassador and former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge,
according to correspondence made public Friday."
Show Bush and Lay Shared Much
February 16, 2002
more than two dozen letters written from Kenneth L. Lay to then-Gov.
George W. Bush, the former Enron (news/quote) chairman lobbied repeatedly
for his company's pet issue, electric deregulation, sought the governor's
presence at Enron-related functions and sent magazine articles and personal
- Bush and Lay at an economic forum January 3, 2001
February 15, 2002
Lay, former chairman of bankrupt energy giant Enron Corp., often sought
President Bush's support for business projects and legislation when
Bush was governor of Texas, according to correspondence released on
February 15, 2002. The documents, which include a number of notes and
letters released by state archivists, show a close personal relationship
between the two men as well as an alliance built on common political
and business interests. Bush and Lay are shown with Nancy Lazar, executive
vice president of International Strategy and Investments at an economic
forum January 3, 2001."
Sought Bush Aid As Texas Gov.
February 15, 2002
Enron Corp. Chairman Kenneth Lay wrote repeatedly to George W. Bush
throughout his governorship, seeking support for legislation benefiting
the energy giant, according to documents released Friday."
and Ken Lay: Slip Slidin' Away
February 6, 2002
reality, as established by a wealth of historical record and recent
disclosures, is that Lay and Enron were instrumental in Bush’s rise
to power – and Bush played an important behind-the-scenes role in advancing
Enron’s aggressive deregulation agenda, which helped the energy trader
ascend to its lofty perch as the seventh-biggest U.S. company."
Ties to the Bush Administration (graphic)
February 4, 2002 issue
about potential taint from the metastasizing Enron scandal, George W.
Bush met with reporters recently to distance himself from Enron's chairman,
Ken Lay (nicknamed 'Kenny Boy' by W. before the scandal). It is testament
to how indelible that taint may become that Bush found it necessary
to lie about his friend."
and the Bushes
February 4, 2002 issue
George W. Bush was first running for governor of Texas, Washington editor
David Corn took a look at Bush family activities on behalf of Enron
in Argentina--itself now suffering the results of untamed financial
markets. We reprint this November 21, 1994, article to show how Enron's
connections with the Bushes stretch not just to Washington but around
the world. --The Editors"
Influence Reached Deep Into Administration
January 18, 2002
cozy relationship -- in which a Bush campaign adviser, being paid by
Enron, placed an Enron idea on the candidate's agenda -- served as one
more reminder of the political influence and reach of the once-giant
energy company. Its ties extend deep into President Bush's staff, appointments,
Cabinet members, friends, family -- and his own past."
The Enron Box
January 18, 2002
Bush was running for President, Lay's Enron lent the candidate the Enron
corporate jet fourteen times (his campaign reimbursed Enron a laughably
low $60,000 for those flights). All told, Enron and its employees have
contributed $736,800 to our President's political career--far more than
any other corporation."
says Cheney task force helped Enron
January 16, 2002
report issued Wednesday by a Democratic congressman critical of the
White House for not releasing records of the closed-door meetings of
Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force said 'there are at least
17 policies in the White House energy plan that were advocated by Enron
or that benefited Enron.'"
to Lay: What Was Your Name Again?
January 16, 2002
Friday, Bush attempted to distance himself from the Enron scandal by
stating that CEO Lay "was a supporter of Ann Richards in my run
in 1994," obscuring the fact that Lay gave Bush three times as
much money as he did the Democratic gubernatorial incumbent whom Bush
was trying to unseat."
Bush Aide Was Told of Enron's Plea
January 14, 2002
Secretary Donald L. Evans said he told White House Chief of Staff Andrew
H. Card Jr. about a call he received from Enron Chairman Kenneth L.
Lay. In the call, Lay expressed hopes that the government would intervene
with a private credit agency that was threatening to lower its rating
on Enron's debt, seriously jeopardizing the company's financial viability.
Evans said the government did not intervene."
Out: Enron’s Failed Power Play
January 21 issue
George W. Bush, the head of Enron was ‘Kenny Boy’—until now. As the
shock waves from the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history shake Washington,
the scandal machine is cranking up in search of a White House connection.
Let the Enron Wars begin"
Profiles: D. Stephen Goddard, Jr, Managing Partner, Arthur Andersen and
in charge of the Enron account
January 14, 2002
manages the Gulf Coast office of this huge global accounting and business
services firm where he specializes in servicing multinational energy
companies. He sits on the board of Texas A&M’s George Bush School
Contributions to Bush
January 12, 2002
Bush has received more money from Enron, its employees and their relatives
over his political career than from any other source. The contributions
supported Bush's unsuccessful House campaign in 1978, his two campaigns
for Texas governor, renovation of his governor's office, last year's
presidential race, his inaugurations and his presidential recount fund."
President's Denials, Enron & Lay Were Early Backers of Bush
January 11, 2002
fact, in an interview with PBS’s 'Frontline' taped on March 27, 2001,
Lay said, 'When Governor Bush, now President Bush, decided to run for
the governor’s spot, [there was] a little difficult situation. I’d worked
very closely with Ann Richards also, the four years she was governor.
But I was very close to George W. and had a lot of respect for him,
had watched him over the years, particularly with reference to dealing
with his father when his father was in the White House and some of the
things he did to work for his father, and so did support him.'"
House Was a Home For Enron
January 10, 2002
this leaves almost an entire year in which Enron officials waltzed in
and out of the White House enjoying an unusual degree of access."
is not Bush's Whitewater: It will be worse
January 10, 2002
the financial sideshow over a 20-year-old failed land deal that dogged
the Clinton administration, the collapse of the nation's largest energy
trader into the nation's largest bankruptcy last month is set to go
straight to the heart of exposing what is wrong with the way the Bush
administration is conducting itself these days."
at the Hip
January 10, 2002
"You'll have to look long and extremely hard to come up with an
example of corporate treachery in the United States that's as horrible
as the Enron debacle. This is a scandal with a very broad reach and
it has some of the wise guys in the Bush administration and other top
Republicans trembling in their penny loafers."
January 10, 2002
deserves a better role in the Enron scandal
"After all, Ashcroft did receive $50,000 in campaign contributions
from Enron CEO Kenneth Lay and Enron just over a year ago for his unsuccessful
U.S. Senate race here in Missouri. That's no mean feat, seeing as how
our state doesn't exactly abound in oil wells."
Met With Bush Energy Task Force, Raising Question of Its Influence on
January 9, 2002
Corp. executives met six times last year with officials of the Bush
administration's energy task force, though they did not talk about the
energy company's finances, Vice President Dick Cheney's office said
in a letter to Capitol Hill."
Enron in Bed But Press Snoozes
January 7, 2002
are at least four former Enron execs or consultants in Bush's administration.
Some may wind up testifying in the probe of how Enron lost its investors
billions and its employees about everything they owned."
January 2, 2002
after taking office, President Bush waged a battle against the imposition
of federal price controls in California that allowed Enron to price-gouge
consumers by extending the energy crisis in California, costing the
state billions of dollars. Enron reported increased revenues of almost
$70 billion from the previous year."
Faith: How Deregulation and Enron's Influence Over Government Looted Billions
assuming office in 2001, Bush promptly scrapped plans put into place
by former President Bill Clinton to significantly limit the effectiveness
of these countries as tax and bank regulation havens. This action came
at the height of high West Coast energy prices, probably allowing Enron
to siphon billions to its offshore accounts."
Pulling the Plug on the Global Power Broker
December 13, 2001
frequent flier on Enron corporate jets, Bush received $774,100 from
Enron management and the company itself including $312,500 for his campaigns
Knows It's Wendy (last three paragraphs of article)
December 12, 2001
Gramm has long been a zealous supporter of the kind of deregulation
that Enron promoted and profited from. In the previous Bush administration,
as chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Com-mission–which is charged
with protecting markets from fraud and manipulation–she helped lay rail
for the runaway train that was Enron, whose very fuel appears to have
been fraud and manipulation. After she stepped down in 1992, Enron offered
her a directorship. The company has also donated thousands of dollars
to her husband, who in turn managed to get Enron exempted from commodity-trading
legislation passed last December."
W. Bush Gets Layed
August 29, 2001
mutually beneficial relationship between Enron CEO Ken Lay and the Republican
Power Trader Tied to Bush Finds Washington All Ears
May 25, 2001
Hébert Jr., Washington's top electricity regulator, said he had
barely settled into his new job this year when he had an unsettling
telephone conversation with Kenneth L. Lay, the head of the nation's
largest electricity trader, the Enron Corporation."
Mother Jones 400 - Energy Donors
March 5, 2001
corporate executive has enjoyed more access to George W. Bush than Kenneth
Lay (No. 76, $387,050), the chairman of Enron. As head of the nation's
largest supplier of electricity and natural gas to utilities, Lay is
one of the top contributors to Bush -- and is often solicited for advice
on major policy matters."
visits top contributor for Houston baseball bash
Lay, right, CEO of the Texas-based energy giant Enron Corp., visits
with former president George Bush prior to the Houston Astros' home
opener at their new Enron Field Friday night. Lay has been a major contributor
for Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. George W. Bush, foreground."