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October 02, 2007

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One more interesting question is whether we can separate out the figures for the CIPA process--to figure out how much Libby's "I'm going to testify" head fake cost the taxpayer.

I wouldn't mind if he'd spent a little more money, questioning Dickerson and a few other people he never got around to.

I'm not sure I'd guess there were carryover charges on personnel, because the reports are on the cash basis of accounting. Personnel are paid regularly by the government, so the issue should just be counting the people who worked on the project, allocating their salaries by time, and adding the totals.

See Note 1: "Generally, personnel compensation and benefits are recorded at the end of the pay period when earned."

Great stuff, thanks.

I know $2.4 million sounds like a lot of money, but given the amount of work that had to be done, the fact that it took over three years (during which Fitz was carrying a full caseload against other well-heeled neocons like Conrad Black!) and the calibre of the legal talent that represented Scooter, Rove and the Media Illuminati, it is remarkably low IMHO. Money in this range is spent on high level drug operations all the time (the Craig men's room sting operation probably cost in the high five figures for police and prosecution time, to give some perspective). I suspect that the cost involved for the defence of Scooter, Rove, Judy Miller, Time Warner, and the rest, along with the flakking by Toensing and DiGenova, was close to the $50 million that Starr spent - now, that would be an interesting mathematical exercise! and further testament to Fitz's skill.

Cost to the taxpayers for
investigating a land deal and a bj $59,463,703

Cost to the taxpayer for
the investigation of the outing on
an undercover agent $2,356,283

Cost to our National Security certainly Not Priceless, and they may never let us know, but Valerie Plame/Wilson knows.

Ken Starr spent way too much on Whitewater and everything that followed. I doubt he ever could have gotten away with it without the Special Prosecutor law, and I'm happy that was allowed to expire.

I have the wrong job for sure..... :-(

Is there any way to determine how much the DoJ is spending on the BALCO steroids investigations and prosecutions? They finally got Marion Jones. Why do I get the feeling that the Bush DoJ spent more money going after somebody who cheated in the 2000 Sydney Olympics (Marion Jones) than somebody who bombed the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (Eric Rudolph).

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