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More trouble for Frist

Frist Accumulated Stock Outside Trusts

LARRY MARGASAK and JONATHAN M. KATZ

WASHINGTON – Outside the blind trusts he created to avoid a conflict of interest, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist earned tens of thousands of dollars from stock in a family-founded hospital chain largely controlled by his brother, documents show.

The Tennessee Republican, whose sale this summer of HCA Inc. stock is under federal investigation, has long maintained he could own HCA shares and still vote on health care legislation without a conflict because he had placed the stock in blind trusts approved by the Senate.

However, ethics experts say a partnership arrangement shown in documents obtained by The Associated Press raises serious doubts about whether the senator truly avoided a conflict.</i>

I betcha, wherever they are, US Grant and WG Harding are looking at our current rulling party and going “Man, I thought WE were corrupt! We got nothing on these greedy pigs…”


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