In Other News:
A report by the General Accounting Office shows that contracts for clean-up and rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina wasted millions of dollars. An Associated Press report shows that “[w]aste and mismanagement were widespread due to poor planning and miscommunication” which “led to money being paid for services, such as housing or ice, that were never used.” … The Center for Public Integrity issues a report on John Boehner (R-OH) and his use of corporate money and jets to ferry him around the country and the world. … The Washington Times reports that an aide, Lauren Weiner, at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee “will plead guilty to a federal charge of illegally obtaining Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele’s credit report”. She will be required to complete 150 hours of community service and will serve no jail time. … In a victory for citizens and transparency, Philadelphia now offers campaign-finance information on citywide officials and potential candidates on the internet, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. … Clear Channel has rejected a billboard that called on Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA) to return $30,000 donated to him by former Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. … The Associated Press reports that the Idaho Senate passed the first reform to the state’s lobbying laws in 32 years, expanding lobbying registration requirements to “include those who are paid to lobby all elected officials, administrative directors, and appointed commission members who wield influence over state contract awards.” … The minority office of the House Committee on Government Reform issued a report showing that taxpayers pay millions of dollars for campaign stops made by the President and Vice President.