Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Define Cozy with the Bush Family 101

I suppose if you are going to go campaigning on the premise that Lieberman is too cozy with George W. Bush, you'd have a squeaky clean no coziness policy in place. You'd make sure that you quit the Bush family bastion country club and de-emphasize the gated communities you wired up for cable in Texas. But surely you wouldn't have your wife funding one the Bush family's many companies? It would have been amusing if it were Neil's company but no, it's Jonathan Bush, a cousin of the George W. Bush.

The details, available in the September 11th issue of BusinessWeek reveal that athenahealth a Watertown, Massachusetts company creates e-health software, and that the CEO is Jonathan Bush. Much of the cash, according to BussinessWeek, came from Oak Investment Partners, whose managing partner is Ann Lamont. In fact, Ann Lamont sits on athenahealth's board.

So while Neddie is out complaining that Lieberman is too close to Bush, and the Lamonties follow blindly, his wife is busy shoveling cash at Bush's cousin. Yup, nothing to see here, it's just the way business is done. The old adage about following the money sure does lead to some interesting places. Let's hope some investigative reporter decides to dig into when this money deal was made, who connected whom, and what other financial ties bind the Lamont and the Bush families.

BusinessWeek UpFront Edited by Deborah Stead, September 11th, 2006.

29 comments:

cgg said...

It would be much easier to comment on this article if I could find it. Could you provide a direct link please?

bluecoat said...

athena healths websitejust fyi and this is just turffgrrrl schilling for Lieberman as usual unless she can show athena is some kind of a front to move Lamont money into Bush's campaign coffers, which it ain't. Lieberman spent more money than Lamont in the primary and both are spending obscene amounts of money but....you all know how it goes..

turfgrrl said...

cgg -- I read the article in the print version. Not sure if it is online.

bluecoat -- pathetic comment, you used to do better. It's not about campaign money, its about cozy connections. I suppose you think BusinessWeek is staffed with Lieberman shills to. Sheesh ... spin another record for the jukeboxman.

cgg said...

It's online, but you have to be a subscriber. That makes it virtually impossible to discuss or debate based on what information is available online and in this post.

Anonymous said...

gotta give you credit for the research aspect of all this, turfgrrl, but even I don't buy the claim that lamont is tight with bush.

here's what i take from this, though.

we know nothing about lamont. he won't disclose his wife's financial dealings at all.

lamont is a rich guy, his wife is rich and they travel in rich circles, just like the bush family.

lastly, and i hope all the left-leaning lamont supporters read this, i think lamont is far more moderate on budget issues then most democrats.

careful what you wish for!

turfgrrl said...

I am just cutting and pasting here:


OFFICE PARTIES
So, Um, How About Last Night's Game?

Think your company has tough office politics? Imagine how delicate board meetings might be at athenahealth. The Watertown (Mass.) e-health software company, which has won attention for fast growth, is led by CEO Jonathan Bush, a cousin of the President. Yet much of the cash used to build the company has come from Oak Investment Partners, a venture capital firm whose managing partner, Ann Lamont, has close ties to the other camp. Lamont, who sits on athenahealth's board, is married to antiwar senatorial candidate Ned Lamont, who beat Senator Joe Lieberman in Connecticut's Democratic primary on Aug. 8 in part by saying Lieberman was too cozy with the President.

How to handle it? Avoidance works, says CFO Carl Byers. "We're busy, so it doesn't come up that much." Lamont did give advance notice to athenahealth of her husband's candidacy. And it helps that Jon Bush isn't an especially active Republican. He has made only one campaign contribution in the last three elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (Ann Lamont gave $2,000 each to Howard Dean and John Kerry in 2003, according to opensecrets.org.) He's "a loyal Republican, but he thinks the party should follow him," Byers jokes.

By Timothy J. Mullaney

cgg said...

Clearly Ann Lamont is personally funding the RNC. With all those contributions to Republicans that both she and Jon Bush are making.

From the article: And it helps that Jon Bush isn't an especially active Republican. He has made only one campaign contribution in the last three elections, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. (Ann Lamont gave $2,000 each to Howard Dean and John Kerry in 2003, according to opensecrets.org.)

This is a complete non-issue.

turfgrrl said...

cgg- Ha! Right, deals to fund companies just happen. There's no due diligence, and it's just a coincidence that the Lamonts belong to the Bush family country club. I suppose that means it just a coincidence that Halliburton picks up no bid contracts too.

bluecoat said...

The Halliburton deal was cemented under Clinton when Cheney ran the company but who wants to deal in reality when schilling for Joe. One day Joe says don't criticize Bush and the next day he says Bush is a bum. it be nice if TG stived for just a little balance.

But I agree, this ain't even close to being an issue.

TrueBlueCT said...

Damn Turfgrrl--

I thought Lamont was a real revolutionary. Now you're giving me evidence that his wife is a venture capitalist.

I'll have to ponder which is worse. Lieberman's lobbyist wife or Lamont's capitalist wife.

In the meantime it looks like I may have to vote for Ralph Ferrucci.

P.S. Can you tell me how you found this? Was it on your own, or did someone in the Lieberman camp feed it to you?

P.S.S. The strategy of resurrecting yourself with those two well-written and liberal posts this weekend was, well, transparent at best.

Anonymous said...

If we're going to consider the Lamont Bush connection shouldn't we also consider the Turfgrrl, Fusco, Lieberman connection?

bluecoat said...

TG is short for turrffgrrl not true gentleman in the above comment BTW.

The True Gentleman said...

Bluecoat asks, and I appear like that (quickly, unfortunately)...Ned Lamont and his wife, neither of whom I know much about personally, obviously have intelligent business sense. But anyone who honestly tries to convince others that he is in with the Bush's just because they might have rolled across each other in financial dealings must be confused.

The True Gentleman said...

Oh, Bluecoat, you broke my heart...I thought you were calling for my wisdom...alas, I will withdraw from this debate.

bluecoat said...

True Gent: nice post anyway...

turfgrrl said...

TrueblueCt -- From my perch out here in centerfield, I call 'em as I see 'em. Always have, always will. In answer to your question, I have a 25 year subscription to BusinessWeek, and read it once a week. This item was in the latest issue. I found it odd, considering the Barbara Bush Katrina earmark, thus I posted it.

bluecoat-- Seriously? You are saying that no-bid contracts to Halliburton happened under Clinton? Care to cite some evidence on that one?

anonymous 5:26 -- Prove a connection!

Grumpy said...

What an astonishingly asinine post by turfgrrl.

Okay, given her track record I suppose it's not all that astonishing.

turfgrrl said...

Grumpy -- When you can't refute the facts revert to denigrations. Another fine example of serious political debate by, er ... one of Snow White's Dwarfs.

cgg said...

TrueGent brings it home: But anyone who honestly tries to convince others that he is in with the Bush's just because they might have rolled across each other in financial dealings must be confused.


Does anything else need to be said?

Grumpy said...

turfgrrl,

I assume the "fact" that Oak Investment Partners is an investor in athenahealth is accurate. I also assume that Annie Lamont is on Athenahealth's board as you say she is. That wasn't the asinine part of your post.

As for the rest of your rant, I think The True Gentleman covered the response rather well.

Anonymous said...

The facts don't bother me at all.The only question I have is did Annie Lamonts decision to put her companies money behind this business make money? If it did she did he job.

The editorial comments in this diary are total crap just like all turfgirls other diaries. Ann Coulter must be her hero.

What else should one expect from someone who took the job of building the Norwalk DTCs website and then handed the info she was given in order to complete that job and handed it to the Republicans.
People with no business ethics won't have any in politics either.Every day turfgirl is allowed to conyinue to post as a frontpeger here decreases the credibility of this blog.

Jim said...

Um...how is a company that makes software for healthcare companies impact the State of the Union? Saying that this is somehow comparable to Lieberman's reflexive support of the Bush administration is more than a stretch. It's stupid. And referring to Lamont as "Neddie" doesn't help your claims of objectivity.

and to respond to your other insightful comment on the ties that bind Ned Lamont to the Bushes: How many US soldiers are dead because of the Lamonts' country club membership?

Bobby McGee said...

O please Turfgrrl. Why don't you look at all the overt things that Lieberman has supported the president directly on. Like a war for example. Or did you miss that?

I don't think sharing a few investments with a Bush cousin while giving contributions to the presidents opponents qualifies as news.

Sorry but this is smear, not a debate.

turfgrrl said...

Anonymous 6:19 -- Your grasp of Norwalk DTC politics is fairly amusing, starting with the fact that any web site information is by its various nature public information. But anyone who would float such an outrageous lie would have to do it anonymously except that lies generally get traced back fairly quickly to their point of origin. And this particular one has only been floated by a handful of people.

turfgrrl said...

bobby mcgee -- I don't have any problems with Lieberman's various stances on the Iraq war. Lately he's been pushing for holding the Bush administration accountable, which is more than Shays, Simmons or Johnson have been able to muster.

Bobby McGee said...

Turfgrrl said..."I don't have any problems with Lieberman's various stances on the Iraq war. Lately he's been pushing for holding the Bush administration accountable, which is more than Shays, Simmons or Johnson have been able to muster."

I'd like to see some evidence of Lieberman pushing to hold the Bush administration accountable. He seems to put a lot of rhetoric like this into speeches, but where are his actions to this effect? I don't see him using his seniority or committee positions to hold the Administration to even the lowest standards.

And Lieberman's reversal of his previous position by now calling for Rumsfeld's ouster was done to score political points solely.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 526 said: "shouldn't we also consider the Turfgrrl, Fusco, Lieberman connection?"

Actually, Anon., I could care less about turfgrrl's "connection" as she is not the one running for public office. She is a biased poster, for sure, but so is everyone else on here!

But I noticed that you mentioned Fusco - but you left out JDS. Perhaps we could hear about the Fusco-DeStefano little connections over the years!

Anonymous said...

Anon9:19--

Rell tells all about Tomasso, and DeStefano comes clean about Fusco. I bet the latter relationship would be more above board.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 939 Keep dreaming! JDS the choir boy ... Not! LMAO