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Another Columnist on the Federal Dole

Reported by Ellen - January 26, 2005

This time it's syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher who had a contract to push Bush's marriage initiative as a way to "strengthen families."

As reported in the Washington Post, Gallagher wrote in the National Review Online, "The Bush marriage initiative would emphasize the importance of marriage to poor couples" and "educate teens on the value of delaying childbearing until marriage." She also added that there could be "big payoffs down the road for taxpayers and children."

But Gallagher failed to mention that she had a $21,500 contract with the Department of Health and Human Services to help promote the president's proposal. Her work under the contract, which ran from January through October 2002, included drafting a magazine article for the HHS official overseeing the initiative, writing brochures for the program and conducting a briefing for department officials.

Comment: I have a feeling more shoes are going to drop in this scandal. Thanks to Alan Colmes for alerting me to this via his radio show last night.

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