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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1990
To quote another Republican, "I am not a crook." Make room for Ronald Reagan, George Bush and now Neil Bush. What is this, on-the-job training? JUAN T. GRIEGO Laguna Beach
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February 13, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A multimillionaire financier once engaged to marry President Bush's former sister-in-law is suing her for the return of an 11-carat diamond engagement ring that he says is worth $434,000. Gerald Tsai Jr., 78, says in his lawsuit that after he and Sharon Bush, 55, agreed to marry in October 2006, he bought her the rectangular yellow diamond ring from Saks Fifth Avenue for $243,000. It is now worth much more, he said.
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November 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Department of Education's inspector general will review whether federal money is being appropriately spent on programs made by a company founded by the president's brother, Neil Bush. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington-based watchdog group, called for the inquiry and released a letter from Inspector General John Higgins Jr. In it, he said he would ask an assistant to examine the complaint. The group says schools are using the Ignite! Learning Inc.
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November 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Department of Education's inspector general will review whether federal money is being appropriately spent on programs made by a company founded by the president's brother, Neil Bush. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington-based watchdog group, called for the inquiry and released a letter from Inspector General John Higgins Jr. In it, he said he would ask an assistant to examine the complaint. The group says schools are using the Ignite! Learning Inc.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1991
With the revelation that Neil Bush's Apex Energy Co. has increased the taxpayers' obligations by $2.3 million, in addition to our costs for bailing out Silverado Savings & Loan, wouldn't it be an equitable trade-off to let all of us list him as a dependent on future income tax returns? JEAN MYERS MAXWELL Carpinteria
BUSINESS
June 19, 1991 | From Associated Press
After more than a year of legal haggling, President Bush's son, Neil, has decided to end his fight with federal regulators in his savings and loan case. Neil Bush won't appeal the government's April order imposing mild restrictions on him if he again becomes a director of a bank or S&L, his attorney said Tuesday. "He wants to put everything behind him," James Nesland said.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1991 | From Associated Press
Federal regulators say in a legal brief that President Bush's son Neil should demonstrate that he understands conflicts of interest before being allowed to accept another position with a savings institution. Neil Bush's failure to fully disclose his business ties when he was a director of failed Silverado Banking, Savings & Loan Assn. of Denver "is evidence of personal dishonesty," the Office of Thrift Supervision said.
BUSINESS
September 27, 1990 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The failed savings and loan association where Neil Bush was a director had a strict code of ethics requiring officials to avoid any action that might "in any way" be a conflict of interest, and the President's son ignored the rules, a federal regulator testified Wednesday. "A director is required to give full disclosure to other directors," said regulator Terry Sandefur, offering an emphatic shorthand summary of the case against Bush.
BUSINESS
July 20, 1990 | RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Spokesmen for Neil Bush said Thursday that the President's son was not trying to reduce personal liability resulting from his role in the failure of a Denver thrift when he listed his wife as owner of a $550,000 home purchased last year. "I was not even consulted on it regarding any liability and didn't know about it until the last couple of weeks," said James E. Nesland, Bush's lawyer, referring to reports about the Denver house published by newspapers in Colorado.
OPINION
October 28, 2006
Re "Bush's family profits from 'No Child' act," Oct. 22 Since when does the brother of a sitting president using the family name to make money warrant a lengthy front-page article? Brothers of both Bill and Hillary Clinton were involved in the presidential pardon process. Jimmy Carter's brother Billy pitched Billy Beer and became a lobbyist for Libya. Richard Nixon's brother received money from Howard Hughes. Why would an article on the Bush family's capitalizing on its name and investing in a perfectly legal educational enterprise land on the front page?
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October 22, 2006 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
A company headed by President Bush's brother and partly owned by his parents is benefiting from Republican connections and federal dollars targeted for economically disadvantaged students under the No Child Left Behind Act. With investments from his parents, George H.W. and Barbara Bush, and other backers, Neil Bush's company, Ignite! Learning, has placed its products in 40 U.S. school districts and now plans to market internationally. At least 13 U.S.
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March 25, 2006 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
In a city housing thousands of Katrina evacuees, Barbara Bush's donation to a local hurricane relief fund normally would not seem controversial. But more than a few eyebrows were raised when the former first lady stipulated that part of her contribution was to be spent on educational software purchased from her son Neil's company, Ignite Learning of Austin, Texas.
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October 29, 2004 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
When President Bush came into office in 2001, it was a boom time for the energy industry. And one of the many boats lifted was that of a small Texas company in which the president's brother played an important role. Among other initiatives, the new president had promised to make it easier for companies to build coastal facilities to store liquefied natural gas imported from around the world. That sent developers in South Texas scrambling to lock up property for the facilities.
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November 27, 2003 | Warren Vieth and Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writers
Neil Bush, a younger brother of President Bush, has a $400,000-a-year contract to provide business advice to a Chinese computer chip manufacturer, according to court documents. At the same time the Bush administration is promising to crack down on alleged trade abuses by the Chinese, Neil Bush has agreed to strategize with China's Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., the documents show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1996
Re "Arkansas Governor, McDougals Convicted in Whitewater Case," May 29: I must be bored, but Whitewater fails to ignite as a political issue. Put simply, it boils down to this: Bill and Hillary Clinton fell subject to a sweet deal that they took because they trusted someone they shouldn't have. Maybe the friend did some things that are wrong, but can anyone tell me whatever happened to Neil Bush? No one yet has found any criminal action in any of this as regards the Clintons. And until then, Whitewater, for me, will remain what it's been from the beginning--a pathetic, hypocritical attempt to deter someone's political agenda from being implemented by any means necessary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1994
You dismiss the opposition party's clamor for public disclosure of Clinton's Whitewater episode as "politics" as if it were a pejorative (editorial, Jan. 13). Politics has become a dirty word because of the abysmally low level of the people who practice them. Politics aren't dirty, today's politicians are. I recall the media exposing a $2-million SBA loan default by Neil Bush. Opposition politics should have been practiced more vigorously there. The failure of Whitewater's lender, Madison S&L, cost taxpayers about $55 million.
BUSINESS
September 11, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Services
The former head of a Colorado thrift where President Bush's youngest son was a director was indicted Thursday on allegations that he diverted $458,000 in bank money for his own use, federal authorities in Denver said. The three-count indictment also accuses Michael R. Wise, former chairman and chief executive of Silverado Banking, Savings & Loan Assn., of falsifying Silverado's books to disguise his activities.
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