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Bush Administration Officials Lived Lives of Sex, Drugs and Oil

There was a fraternity house atmosphere inside the Denver Minerals Management Service office.
 
 
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Gov't Officials Probed About Illicit Sex, Gifts

Government officials handling billions of dollars in oil royalties engaged in illicit sex with employees of energy companies they were dealing with and received numerous gifts from them, federal investigators said Wednesday.

The alleged transgressions involve 13 Interior Department employees in Denver and Washington. Their alleged improprieties include rigging contracts, working part-time as private oil consultants, and having sexual relationships with -- and accepting golf and ski trips and dinners from -- oil company employees, according to three reports released Wednesday by the Interior Department's inspector general.

The investigations reveal a "culture of substance abuse and promiscuity" by a small group of individuals "wholly lacking in acceptance of or adherence to government ethical standards," wrote Inspector General Earl E. Devaney.

Sounds like a perfect illustration of Republicanism to me. Drill, drill, drill.

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