Cheney’s stock options are outta sight. So are he, a key staffer, and Rove.
Dick Cheney’s Halliburton stock options have flown to an absurd level. In the meantime, he, Karl Rove, and other Plamegate figures are also flying — either under the radar or simply out of the country.
All this travel is of course the result of various crises. Take the stock options: The Raw Story reports that New Jersey senator Frank Lautenberg has done the math on those and has determined that, just in the past year, the Bush regime’s CEO’s stock options in the oilfield-services firm that also still pays him a salary have risen 3,281 percent in value — from $241,498 to more than $8 million.
Halliburton continues to rake in billions from its shoddy work in Iraq and now from new contracts in our own gulf.
And Raw Story, via Lautenberg, points out:
As to the finagling of stock options and deferred salary, there’s no reason to question the analysis of a pol from Tony Soprano‘s home state.
Lautenberg noted that Cheney holds options on 433,333 shares of Halliburton stock. The head Dick has already vowed to donate the after-tax profits to charity.
So what? The vice president has notoriously lied about his financial ties to Halliburton. On September 14, 2003, he told Meet the Press’s Tim Russert:
The Congressional Research Service, hardly a biased outfit, shined a light into Cheney’s barrel of funds. After that fib, Lautenberg asked for an opinion on the matter, and the CRS replied on September 22, 2003:
Two years later, good luck finding anything out from Cheney. His chief spokesman, Steve Schmidt, has left on a jet plane, and I don’t know when he’ll be back again. Actually, I do, thanks again to Raw Story: Schmidt left October 3 for Iraq and won’t return until October 26, just two days before special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald‘s time expires for the investigation of Plamegate.
Schmidt wasn’t on Cheney’s staff back in the summer of 2003, when the plot was hatched to smear Joe Wilson and his wife, Valerie Plame, in an attempt to cover up the previous plot that had been hatched to invade Iraq.
Cheney himself is lying low, having failed to show at last week’s 50th anniversary party for the National Review. And Rove hasn’t been seen around much in recent days.
Their lawyers have probably seen them, though.