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Now that Jenna and Barbara can legally drink, Neil Bush has resumed his mantle as the Bush most likely to embarrass the White House. Neil, whose
disastrous directorship of the Silverado S&L cost American taxpayers $1 billion during his
father’s administration, admitted during recent divorce proceedings not only to bizarre encounters
with Thai prostitutes, but also to cashing in on his family name with lucrative “consulting” contracts.

In August 2002, Bush inked a $2 million contract to provide “expertized advices”
to a semiconductor firm owned by the son of Jiang Zemin. Bush admitted in court he had no experience
in the industry but offered, “I’ve been working in Asia quite a long time.” More recently, Bush scored
a $60,000-a-year consulting deal from a top adviser to New Bridge Strategies, the firm set up by
George W.’s ex-campaign manager to “take advantage of business opportunities” in postwar Iraq.
His job description: taking calls for three hours a week.

This isn’t the first time Bush has been caught up in the pay-to-play world
of corporate cronyism. In December 2002, Bush used a trip to Saudi Arabia—where his family
has many friends—to raise venture capital for his educational-software company, Ignite!
The firm’s products, which help prepare kids for state assessment tests, are already being used
in Governor Jeb’s Florida.

To be fair, being a Bush brother without a public office can’t be easy.
As Neil Bush once asked his critics, “What am I supposed to do—nothing in life?”

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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