Monday, March 05, 2007

Let the Eagles Soar With The Satellites

WASHINGTON -- Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who sent a letter this week to his successor Alberto Gonzales blasting the proposed merger of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. and XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., approached XM in the days after the merger was announced offering the firm his consulting services, a spokesman for XM said Saturday.

The spokesman said XM declined Mr. Ashcroft's offer to work as a lobbyist for the company.

Mr. Ashcroft was subsequently hired by the National Association of Broadcasters, which is fiercely opposed to the merger. On its behalf he conducted a review of the effects on competition if the two satellite radio companies were allowed to merge.

The Crisco kid needs to be hauled before congress. A week or two back, Ashcroft tried to lobby former justice underlings of his at a pizza party. This is even more vile. It's extortion basically. He is going to use his influence to kill the deal unless they pay him a finder's fee, or whatever euphemism you would like to employ.

Congress needs to hold hearings right away, with all parties involved including Alberto Gonzales, the National Association of Broadcasters, and that religious freak who appears to have the morals of his former congressional spiritual twin Tom Delay.