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FEMA Chief Brown Paid Millions to Florida Residents Unaffected by '04 Hurricane to Help Bush Win State

by Jason Leopold
www.dissidentvoice.org
September 10, 2005


Michael Brown, the embattled head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, approved payments in excess of $31 million in taxpayer money to thousands of Florida residents who were unaffected by Hurricane Frances and three other hurricanes last year in an effort to help President Bush win a majority of votes in that state during his reelection campaign, according to published reports. "Some Homeland Security sources said FEMA's efforts to distribute funds quickly after Frances and three other hurricanes that hit the key political battleground state of Florida in a six-week period last fall were undertaken with a keen awareness of the looming presidential elections," according to a May 19 Washington Post story. Homeland Security sources told the Post that after the hurricanes, Brown "and his allies [recommended] him to succeed Tom Ridge as Homeland Security Secretary because of their claim that he helped deliver Florida to President Bush by efficiently responding to the Florida hurricanes." The South Florida Sun-Sentinel uncovered e-mails from Florida Governor Jeb Bush that confirmed those allegations and directly implicated Brown as playing politics at the expense of hurricane victims....

//www.dissidentvoice.org/Sept05/Leopold0910.htm
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