Basin Street Blues: Louisiana Graft

We remember, a few years back, talking to a guy in Austin who was originally from Louisiana, and he was going on and on about corruption amongst the officials and gangsters down in the Big Easy. Well, it seems like the connection between public and private interests hasn't ebbed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Four of twenty vehicles baked in a pie donated by DCX to the city after the natural disaster have been returned after an FBI investigation into their donations to two charities tied to former councilwoman Renee Gill Pratt; one of which she went to work for after her ouster. She admits no wrongdoing. Because really, that'd be a sellout in the world of N'awlins politicking, right?

Ex-councilwoman has questioned cars returned [Nola.com]

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