ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 19, 2005
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(Washington: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Washington: Brian Ross) A report on who is partying with whom during President Bush's second inauguration presented; scenes shown of private parties in Washington, DC, paid for by big companies seeking favors & opportunities, including Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta being hosted by General Motors & a party thrown by Wal-Mart. [Four Seasons Hotel chef Douglas ANDERSON- talks about the champagne & ice.] [MINETA - comments on festivities.] [Democracy 21 president Fred WERTHEIMER- says big corporations & wealthy individuals should not be funding the inauguration of the president; talks about access to & influence upon the president.] [Undersecretary of Homeland Security Asa HUTCHINSON- praises the volunteers contributing to the American system.] Some of the former Congress people now acting as lobbyists shown, including John Breaux & Billy Tauzin. [Project on Government Oversight Danielle BRIAN- says it's a club.]