Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Go GAO!

Wow, this is good.

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, told RAW STORY Tuesday morning that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to investigate possible contracts between various media and public relations entities and seven White House cabinet level departments.

“I am pleased to see the GAO has decided to move forward with my request for an investigation,” Slaughter said in a release. “We deserve to know if the White House and its cabinet level departments have engaged in this outrageous abuse and manipulation of the free press.”

The release, advanced to RAW STORY, follows, as does correspondence from the Government Accountability Office. The GAO says they will complete the report by October.

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In a letter released by Rep. Slaughter, the GAO said that it would focus its review on seven different departments within the Executive Branch: Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Treasury and Veterans Affairs. Within each agency, the GAO will identify the contracts with media entities and what the purpose and type of work to be performed was in each contract.

So now Armstrong Williams and all the other ministers of White House propaganda are going under the GAO microscope. Leave it to the beancounters to dig out the truth — we always do.