The K Street Project was the legislation-for-money peddling scheme that helped bring down former Majority Leader Tom DeLay and exposed the corrupt culture in which Jack Abramoff’s criminal activity was encouraged and rewarded. DeLay once explained the partisan nature of the Project as “punishing your enemies and rewarding your friends.”
When Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) came into power, he pledged to eliminate the K Street project. Conservatives claimed the pay-to-play process had been “consigned to the dustbin of history.” But in fact, the K Street Project continues to thrive.
Roll Call recently reported that “Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist has tapped Sarah Smith, a former College Republican team leader and field representative for the Bush-Cheney 2004 campaign, to be the first manager of the [K Street] project, which is run out of the office of Norquist’s Washington-based group, Americans for Tax Reform.” A blurb in the The Star Democrat — a small Maryland paper — reveals just how aggressively and covertly Norquist and company continue to push the K Street Project.
Tonight, Norquist’s ally Sarah Smith will be attending a gathering of the Chesapeake Republican Women to solicit their support for the Project:
Republican women to meet in Chester April 2
CHESTER — The Chesapeake Republican Women will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Coldwell Banker Waterman Realty in Chester, with guest speaker Sarah Smith, manager of the K Street Project at the Americans for Tax Reform.
Smith will speak on the efforts of the K Street Project — a program started by Grover Norquist in 1989. Smith, a graduate of Mary Washington College with a degree in international relations, has served as the manager of the K Street Project for the past two years.
Before that, she worked with the Major Donor Programs for the Republican National Committee. Her earlier experience includes serving as Pennsylvania’s Team Captain for the College Republican National Committee dealing with college outreach during the Bush/Cheney 2004 re-election campaign.
Currently she serves on the Board of the DC Republican Women’s group, RightNOW Political Chicks and is a member of the Alexandria Young Republicans, America’s Future Foundation, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and Women in Government Relations.