Well, well. The extremist right-wing "think tank" Heritage Foundation paid Jack Abramoff $1.2 million on behalf of the prime minister of Malaysia in order to get him an audience with George W. Bush. I wonder how much of that $1.2 million Abramoff had to use to bribe Bush?
Link: Ex-Malaysia PM: Abramoff Was Paid $1.2M
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said disgraced U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize a meeting between him and President Bush in 2002,
but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.
Mahathir told reporters late Monday he was aware the payment was made to Abramoff, but he didn't know who made it.
Mahathir said that at the time he had been persuaded by the Heritage Foundation in Washington to meet with Bush because the conservative think tank believed he could help "influence (Bush) in some way regarding U.S. policies."
In a report last week, The Los Angeles Times said that Abramoff received $1.2 million from the Malaysian government for his lobbying services in 2001 and 2002.
According to the Times, which cited an unnamed former Abramoff associate who attended meetings with the Malaysian ambassador and the lobbyist, Abramoff allegedly contacted presidential adviser Karl Rove at least four times to help arrange a meeting between Mahathir and Bush, which took place in May 2002 in the Oval Office.
According to documents released by U.S. Senate investigators, the Malaysian government had paid $300,000 to a company connected to Abramoff as part of a broad lobbying strategy that included arranging two confessional trips to Malaysia in January 2002 and a trip by then-House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his wife in October 2001.
"I don't know him," Bush said.