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November 03, 2003
DANIEL DREZNER NOW HAS AN ARTICLE IN SLATE criticizing the Center for Public Integrity's rather bogus report on Iraq reconstruction contracts:
The CPI devoted six months to research and filed more than 70 Freedom of Information Act requests and appeals to get to the bottom of the story. The conclusion of the report, "Windfalls of War," is that a clear quid pro quo exists between government procurement and campaign contributions to George W. Bush. Charles Lewis, the group's executive director, released a statement arguing that the report reveals "a stench of political favoritism and cronyism surrounding the contracting process in both Iraq and Afghanistan."
There's just one problem: The CPI has no evidence to support its allegations.
Sorry, but this is a pretty embarrassing performance for an outfit with "integrity" in its name.