Broadcast Chief Misused Office, Inquiry Reports

Remember Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, the porcine Republican hack President Bush appointed as the Chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ("CPB")? Remember when he tried to hire a "consultant" to "monitor" PBS's and NPR's "political" content? Remember when he tried to cut $100 million from the CPB's budget -- the very organization he was supposed to be heading and supporting?

Big surprise: It turns out that Tomlinson's not just fat, partisan, stupid, smug and ugly. He's also corrupt:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 — State Department investigators have found that the head of the agency overseeing most government broadcasts to foreign countries has used his office to run a “horse racing operation” and that he improperly put a friend on the payroll, according to a summary of a report made public on Tuesday by a Democratic lawmaker.

The report said that the official, Kenneth Y. Tomlinson, had repeatedly used government employees to perform personal errands and that he billed the government for more days of work than the rules permit. The summary of the report, prepared by the State Department inspector general, said the United States attorney’s office here had been given the report and decided not to conduct a criminal inquiry. The summary said the Justice Department was pursuing a civil inquiry focusing on the contract for Mr. Tomlinson’s friend.

Through his lawyer, James Hamilton, Mr. Tomlinson issued a statement denying that he had done anything improper.

The office of the State Department inspector general presented the findings from its yearlong inquiry last week to the White House and on Monday to some members of Congress.

Three Democratic lawmakers, Senator Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Representatives Howard L. Berman and Tom Lantos of California, requested the inquiry after a whistle-blower from the agency had approached them about the possible misuse of federal money by Mr. Tomlinson and the possible hiring of phantom or unqualified employees.

Details here from the New York Times.