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Politicos: Ted Olson
Solicitor General of the United States
Attorney Ted Olson, a far-right Christian conservative, had received major funding over the years from Richard Mellon Scaife, worked with Ken Starr before and during the Whitewater investigation, and was implicated in the "Arkansas Project", funnelling money to the private investigation of Bill Clinton in the 90's. He has been a member of the American Spectator Foundation. Olson, his late wife Barbara (a conservative CNN commentator and former chief counsel for Rep. Dan Burton's House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, which was charged with conducting an investigation of the "Chinagate" allegations surrounding the Democratic Party's illegal fundraising activities, and died on Flight 77 when it crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11) and Ken Starr were a part of what David Brock has alleged in Esquire Magazine is an informal "Get Clinton" group known as the "Olson Salon." (adapted from THE TWO FACES OF TED OLSON, see link below)
Olson represented the Bush-Cheney campaign in the Florida election case before the Supreme Court in 2000. Aside from the five Supreme Court justices who voted in his favor, there may be no one to whom Bush owes his victory more than Olson. With Robert Bork he also coached the lawyers for Paula Jones before their own appearance at the Supreme Court. Among Olson's clients then was Ronald Reagan, whom he continued to represent as a private attorney during the Iran-Contra investigation. Through the Bush and Clinton years, when Starr served as solicitor general himself and then as the Whitewater Independent Counsel, Olson has remained one of Starr's closest personal friends and political associates. (adapted from Salon.com, see link below)
Both Olson and Starr are part of a tight-knit network of conservative lawyers associated with right-wing legal foundations and "think tanks." They both sit on the Legal Advisory Councils of two such groups: the National Legal Center for the Public Interest and the Washington Legal Foundation - both of which are bankrolled by Richard Mellon Scaife. Edward Spannaus of EIR charges that the National Legal Center for the Public Interest (NLCPI) is an umbrella group for a nationwide network of New Right "public interest" law firms connected to various Religious Right and Secular Right causes. In addition to Starr and Olson, its Legal Advisory Council includes George Bush's former Attorney Generals William Barr and Richard Thornburgh, plus Robert Bork; former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenova and Eugene Meyer, the executive director of the ultra right-wing Federalist Society (an organization of so-called right-wing lawyers and legal experts) are also members of the NLCPI. Both Starr and Olson are activists in the Federalist Society. The society was founded in 1982 under the guidance of now-Supreme Court associate justice Antonin Scalia. Olson chairs the Washington, D.C. chapter; Starr has been a regular speaker at Federalist Society events. (S.R. Shearer, 1998 - see link below)
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