Katrina cronyism

The Center for Public Integrity has set up a new web site to track Katrina-related contracts awarded by the federal government. "Profiting From Katrina" keeps tabs on the cronyism and waste already coming to light. Among the dubious contracts awarded so far: $236 million to Carnival Cruise Lines for refugee housing and $568 million to Ashbritt, a company with ties to Mississippi Governor (and former Republican National Committee chairman) Haley Barbour, for trash removal.

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