Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Obama's NeoCon: Dennis Ross' Big Payday from Pro-Israel Groups

Federal disclosure statements show Dennis Ross, Obama's Special Envoy for the Persian Gulf, received $214,605 in speech money from Israel and Jewish groups in 2008. He also received $230,000 from Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel think tank.

Dennis' total income was $818,000. His Fox News pay is not included in the total. USA Today reported:

Ross declined to disclose appearance fees paid to him by Fox News, saying they were subject to a confidentiality agreement.

Who knew a corporate contract nullified U.S. financial disclosure law? Welcome to the Corporatocracy! Evidence? Dennis spoke at various corporate events:

Deutsche Bank-Washington, DC $12,000

Goldman Sachs-Bluffton, South Carolina $10,000

Stanford Financial Group-Washington, DC $18,000

PIRA Energy Group-New York City $10,000

TransAtlantic Institute-Brussels, Belgium $20,000

Tudor Investments-Miami, Florida $10,000

Fox News-June-December 2008 *Fees not reported per confidential agreement

Will Dennis have to give back his $18,000 fee from ponzi scheme Stanford Financial? Ross also provided geopolitical analysis for PIRA Energy Group ($15,000) and SAC Capital Advisers ($17,500).

Dennis is Chairman of the Board of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.

Is this the background America needs to solve its thorny problem with Iran?

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