Oct. 23: President Bush promises federal funds to help victims of California’s devastating wildfires.

WASHINGTON – President Bush mobilized federal emergency assistance Tuesday on behalf of Southern California officials struggling with devastating wildfires, and scheduled a visit to the stricken region for Thursday.

“The president wants to travel to California to witness firsthand what the people there are going through with these wildfires,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said. “He wants to ensure that the state and local governments are getting what they need from the federal government and he wants to make sure to deliver a message in person to the victims that he has them in his thoughts and prayers.”

Bush is canceling previously scheduled events in St. Louis to make the trip, but Vice President Dick Cheney will stand in for him to deliver remarks on the budget and headline a fundraiser for the national Republican Party.


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Rush Limbaugh”s Auction of Original ”Harry Reid Smear” Letter Goes for $2,100,100: A Record-Breaker on eBay for Charity Auction

Last week, Rush Limbaugh announced the eBay auction of Senator Harry Reid”s letter that was signed by 41 Democrat Senators and sent to Clear Channel CEO Mark Mays. The auction closed today with a record-breaking winning bid of $2,100,100 for charity through eBay Giving Works.

All proceeds, including Mr. Limbaugh”s matched donation, totaling $4,200,200, goes to the Marine Corps – Law Enforcement Foundation, a registered charity that provides financial assistance to the children of fallen Marines and federal law enforcement officers. Mr. Limbaugh serves on the Board of this organization and has been active on its behalf since its inception.

Mr. Limbaugh stated on his nationally syndicated radio show today, “Our winning bidder, subject to the receipt of funds, is a wonderful woman named Betty Casey. As trustee of The Eugene B. Casey Foundation, she gives significant sums to hospitals, hospices, colleges and private schools. These include The Eugene B. Casey Diabetes Education Center, The Eugene B. Casey Swim Center, The Eugene B. Casey Academic Center and The Casey Home Hospice. She has also donated tens of millions from the foundation and her personal funds to the Washington Opera.”

Betty Casey is a well known Washington D.C. arts supporter, particularly the Washington Opera. As a widow of millionaire Maryland developer Eugene B. Casey she is the trustee of the “Eugene B. Casey Foundation” based in Gaithersburg, MD. Betty Casey also donated 17 acres of land at 1801 Foxhall Road to the city for the purpose of a Mayoral mansion in 2001, but after the city gave up on the project in 2003, Casey donated the land to the Salvation Army. Betty Casey has also made donations to the Barak Obama presidential campaign, as well as the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

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