October 24, 2005

The Fiduciary Roots of the Anti-Clinton Industry

The always reliable and diverting Dan Froomkin notes this morning that another WaPo article on Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald says that, "In its first 15 months, the investigation cost $723,000, according to the Government Accountability Office."


Froomkin compares the cost of Fitz' investigation with the ludicrously protracted Henry Cisneros investigation ($3M in the same amount of time; $21M over its 10-year span) and the simply ludicrous Ken Starr investigation ($52M in the same amount of time).

Now, if the Confidence Man recalls correctly, Starr's investigation ended up costing somewhere north of $200M in toto.

And the Confidence Man wonders ... just where did all that money go?

We won't necessarily speculate that Starr threw cash around suborning perjury -- but we will note that all of the principal players in Starr's little crucible were the founders of the VRWC Anti-Clinton Industry. Yes, the Richard Mellon Scaife cash was funding some of the players independent of Starr's pork; but we suspect that much of Starr's spending may well have been seed cash for the Rovean apparatus.

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