Ken Lay : Bush’s best friend

Enron’s Kenneth Lay, just indicted for fraud and conspiracy, was George W. Bush’s biggest supporter over the years. I’ve gathered a lot of stuff about Bush, Lay, and Enron here.

AP, today:

US President George W. Bush walks away from a briefing with the media, refusing to answer questions after he was asked about Enron and the reported indictment of former CEO Kenneth Lay, who was a close adviser and fund-raiser for Bush and his father, earning him the presidential nickname of ‘Kenny Boy.’

Who’s Ken Lay? Bush barely even knew him.

A video exists of both Bushes at a wild Enron party.

Facsimiles of the Bush-Lay correspondence.

What Lay knows about Bush.

The Financial Times on the Lay indictment.

Forbes: Lay is doomed.

Forbes: Lay fights back.

The Enron people seemed to enjoy burning “Grandma Millie”.

Jason Leopold on the “Grandma Millie” tapes.

Much more on Enron and “Grandma Millie”.

HISTORY

Rep. Waxman was already on the case in 2001.

In 2002 Waxman was stonewalled when he tried to get information.

Democrats had tried to slow down the deregulatory rush leading to the Enron collapse.

In 2002 the Republicans tried to blame Clinton, of course.

Blaming Clinton II.

Sam Parry’s Enron summary.

COLLECTIONS

The Houston Chronicle’s collected Enron coverage — comprehensive and searchable.

Enron Chronology.

Bear Left’s collection of Enron Links.