Josh has a post in which he interviews the President of Reflections Photography on why their photos of Abramoff and Bush are no longer available. From his post:
But early this afternoon, I decided to take one more go at Reflections. I talked to company president Joanne Amos. We went back and forth over various questions about whether photographs at the site were available to the public and why some had been removed. When she, at length, asked me who it was in the picture with the president. I told her we believed it was Jack Abramoff.
Amos very straightforwardly told me that the photographs had been removed and that they had been removed because they showed Abramoff and the president in the same picture. The photos were, she told me, "not relevant."
When I asked her who had instructed her to remove the photos, she told me she was the president of the company. She did it. It was "her business decision" to remove the photographs. She told me she had done so within the last month.
Business decision. Yeah, I bet. Here's the real reason:
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Amos gave $2,000 to Bush in 2003 and $2,000 to the RNC in 2004.
She's a Republican donor helping sweep this under the rug.
UPDATE: Yes, she's making a "business decision." But did anyone at the White House point out to Amos that it would be a good business decision to remove it?
UPDATE II: You know, normally it's the politicians doing the favors for the donors, not the other way around. But here's a donor who wants to keep her business with the White House, so she's doing them a favor. A big one. This certainly is a microcosm -- a mini one with the small money involved -- that speaks volumes about how this Abramoff scandal is a campaign finance one, not simply a lobbying one, and why Congress needs to take up serious real including Clean Elections-style public financing of elections.
UPDATE III: Okay, from commenter Earl below, courtesy of Fundrace.org, looks like a total of $4,000 to the RNC and $2,000 to the Bush campaign from Joanne Amos, and $4,150 to the RNC and $2,000 to the Bush campaign from Steven Amos, who I believe is Joanne's brother and business partner. (Earl had double counted some donations below, I think.) That's a total of $12,150 from the Amos/Reflections Photography family. Pretty soon, we'll be adding up to real money.