In 1997, Karl Rove, when he was working for the nascent Bush presidential campaign, encouraged Enron to hire Ralph Reed as a consultant. Reed had just resigned as executive director of the Christian Coalition. The New York Times reports that "close associates" of Rove confirmed that the campaign wanted to ally Reed with the campaign without paying him directly.
Reed earned between $10,000 and $20,000 per month during the term of his contract with Enron. As the Bush campaign hoped, he did not throw his support behind any rival presidential candidate. And the Bush campaign avoided any overt links to Reed. The job could have violated federal election laws if it was merely a way to compensate Reed for his work on the Bush campaign.
Source: New York Times, 25 January 2002.
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