Most Corrupt Bush Appointees: Michael Leavitt
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES SECRETARY LEAVITT DEFENDS FAMILY CHARITY FOUNDATION
July 22, 2006, LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt defended his family's charitable giving, as two senators called for tighter regulation of private foundations. Leavitt and his relatives have reportedly claimed millions of dollars in tax deductions through a charitable foundation that until recently paid out little in actual charity.
A spokeswoman for Leavitt said the foundation's activities are "totally legal and proper."
© 2006 Los Angeles Times
LEAVITT LOVES THAT GULFSTREAM
June 15, 2006, USA TODAY, Kevin Freking, AP -- Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt defended his extensive use of a jet leased to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for emergencies. Leavitt said he could not have overseen the implementation of the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, plus help prepare states for a potential flu pandemic, without the use of the plane.
Since January, Leavitt has taken the jet on 19 trips to visit more than 90 cities, said his spokeswoman, Christina Pearson. During the same period, CDC officials said they had used the aircraft to respond to three emergencies and conduct three training exercises. The newspaper reported that during two emergencies, the CEDC was forced to use another plane because Leavitt was using the Gulfstream jet.
|<< Previous||Most Corrupt Appointees||Next >>|