Where in the world is Joseph Allbaugh?

On the Gulf Coast looking to make that extra buck, of course.

During his two years as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency during President Bush's first term, Joe M. Allbaugh traveled to Louisiana for a series of disasters, from tropical storms Allison and Isidore to Hurricane Lili.
Yesterday, Allbaugh, now head of his own Washington lobbying and consulting firm, was in Baton Rouge, La., helping his clients get business from perhaps the worst natural disaster in the nation's history.
Allbaugh said he was there "just trying to lend my shoulder to the wheel, trying to coordinate some private-sector support that the government always asks for." [>LINK]
Gee, I must be a psychic.

To be fair, as the Washington Post article points out, Clinton appointee James Lee Witt's firm isn't any less shameless about hawking its insider contacts: "Being able to arrange an audience with influential decision makers at the highest levels is the stock in trade in Washington and a privilege James Lee Witt and his team are proud to have and one not taken for granted."

But here's the difference. One, James Lee Witt by all accounts was an experienced and effective FEMA director. Two, he never pushed to shrink funding for FEMA just so consultants like him can make lots of bucks brokering government contracts.

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