Paul mentioned this below, in the context of another job Sen. Conrad Burns did for Ed Buckham
in his role as go-to earmark lackey. But the underlying issue is really just too rich. It turns out that Buckham was a part owner of this company Map Roi, which I guess could have eventually put Buckham out of business, or still might have if the law hadn't caught up with Ed first.
The company was put together by some Abramoff/Buckham cronies in Guam. And they had a piece of software called GForce
, which they billed as "Your complete system for winning government contracts."
(I think the Mighty-Morphing Power Rangers
may use GForce or may be related to it in some way. But I'm not sure.)
So Buckham was getting earmarks for GForce through his man Burns. And GForce is a special piece of software that helps you bag more governments contracts. The whole thing I guess amounted to a sort of perpetual motion machine of earmark pork and insider scams.
We could just send the whole government home and let GForce send the tax dollars directly to Ed and Jack's sweatshop pals in the Marianas. Or more likely Neil Bush's company.
Of course, maybe Ed knew he couldn't keep ahead of the law forever so he invested in Map ROI to carry on his work after he become a ward of the state he had made so much money fleecing.