Cheney Shoots 78-Year-Old In Face On Lobbyists Ranch

From Holden:

This MSNBC story is most notable for the fact that it originally included an admission by Katherine Armstrong that the hunting party had been drinking which was later removed. But what MSNBC did not censor is also interesting, particularly in light of recent revelations about Jack Abramoff and other GOP lobbyists.

Katharine Armstrong, whose family owns the ranch where Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a hunting partner, is a registered lobbyist who has been paid to lobby the White House, according to records.

Armstrong told NBC News in a telephone interview that she has never directly lobbied Cheney as far as she remembers.

“Never!” she said. And she says she does not remember directly lobbying the president himself either.


Armstrong was paid $160,000 in 2004 by the powerful legal firm Baker Botts to lobby the White House, according to records she filed with the U.S. Senate as required by lobbying disclosure rules. The records indicate she was paid the money after she “communicated with the White House on behalf of Baker Botts clients.”

In a phone interview, she told NBC News that in return for the money in one case, she set up a meeting at the White House for a Baker Botts client, although she said she felt she could not release the client’s name.

“A meeting for doing something with one of their clients,” she said, describing the event. “I’m not at liberty to say which.” She says she cannot remember which White House official the meeting was with. She also said that during the inauguration proceedings, she got Karl Rove to speak at a Baker Botts function. “I got them Karl Rove,” she said.


Records also indicate that early the same year she ended her lobbying relationship with another firm, Prionics, which had paid her to “work with the administration,” on issues related to mad cow disease.