Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Michelle Grisham and Azerbaijan

Michelle Lujan Grisham, NM's 1st District US congresswoman, was exposed today in a House ethics report for accepting thousands of dollars worth of expensive gifts and travel from the government of Azerbaijan.

Michelle Lujan Grisham D-NM - Facebook
Azerbaijan is of strategic importance because of its location as a former Soviet satellite and its large oil and gas reserves, particularly in terms of its importance to the US in its ongoing project of aggression toward and encirclement of Russia through US-controlled NATO and with the ongoing US project of undercutting the dominant position Russia has in supplying natural gas  to Europe. (As does US involvement in Afghanistan and Ukraine.)

The lavish gifts, including a free trip to Azerbaijan for Grisham and some of her staff, plus silk scarves, crystal tea sets and Azerbaijani rugs valued at $2,500 to $10,000, were paid to Michelle Lujan Grisham and nine other congress members through the state-owned Azerbaijan oil company. It hasn't been disclosed so far why Azerbaijan would be interested in Michelle Lujan Grisham specifically. Her committee assignments don't appear to have much to do with Azerbaijan or its oil and gas industry. Perhaps it's that they tried to bribe everyone and Michelle Lujan Grisham, knowing the New Mexico media expends very little effort in holding politicians accountable and that its citizens are largely disengaged from such things, was just on of the ones who thought they could get away with it.

Note: Oil and gas, and just as critical, pipeline routes, have much to do with US involvement in the region

South Caspian basin. "AZER" = Azerbaijan

1 comment:

  1. One more reason who many are either turn off by politicians or remain ignorant and indifferent...:( As in they're all crooks.