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.