Bush, a younger brother of US President George
W. Bush, has had a $60,000-a-year employment
contract with a top adviser to a Washington-based
consulting firm set up this year to help companies
secure contracts in Iraq.
Bush disclosed the payments during divorce proceedings
in March from his now ex-wife, Sharon. The divorce
was finalised in April and the court papers
were disclosed by the Houston Chronicle this
Bush said he was co-chairman of Crest Investment
Corporation, a company based in Houston, Texas,
that invests in energy and other ventures. For
this he received $15,000 every three months
for working an average three or four hours a
other co-chairman and principal of Crest is
Jamal Daniel, a Syrian-American who is an advisory
board member of New Bridge Strategies, a company
set up this year by a group of businessmen with
close links to the Bush family or administrations.
Its chairman is Joe Allbaugh, George W. Bush's
campaign director in the 2000 presidential elections.
figures at New Bridge include Ed Rogers, its
vice-chairman and a senior official in the Reagan
and first Bush administrations, and Lanny Griffith,
with whom he works in the lobby firm Barbour
Griffith & Rogers. Lord Charles Powell, adviser
to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher,
is listed as an advisory board member.
its website, New Bridge describes itself as
being created to "take advantage of business
opportunities in the Middle East following the
conclusion of the US-led war in Iraq".
his deposition, Neil Bush said he provided Crest
"miscellaneous consulting services". This included
"answering phone calls when Jamail [sic] Daniel,
the other co-chairman, called and asked for
is evidence that the relationship between Mr
Bush and Mr Daniel goes further. Joseph Peacock,
Crest's company secretary, is one of the original
investors in Ignite, Neil Bush's educational
software company based in Austin, Texas.
1996, Mr Daniel and his wife hosted a $1,000-a-plate
fund-raising dinner at their Houston mansion
for the Texas Alliance Against Alcohol Abuse.
The event was chaired by Sharon Bush, while
George H. W. Bush, the former president, and
his wife Barbara were to be present, according
to the Houston Chronicle in 1996.
investors in Ignite, which was founded last
year, include George H. W. and Barbara Bush,
and Winston Wong, a Taiwan businessman who started
the Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp.
The court papers further show Mr Bush benefits
from a contract with Grace, a company also backed
by Jiang Miangheng, son of Jiang Zemin, the
former president of China.
the deal, signed on August 15 2002, Grace would
pay Mr Bush $2m in shares over five years, issued
in annual $400,000 increments.
return, according to the Los Angeles Times,
Mr Bush agreed to "provide GSMC from time to
time with business strategies and policies;
latest information and trends of the related
industry, and other advice", according to the
call to New Bridge in Houston went unanswered
yesterday, a holiday in the US. Previous attempts
to contact Mr Daniel through the office were
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