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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Bush Officials Fabricated Small Business Contracting Reports According to Court Ordered Documents

Petaluma, Calif. - After losing its fifth federal lawsuit to the American Small Business League (ASBL), the Bush Administration has been forced to release more than 10,000 pages of documents that list the recipients of federal small business contracts for fiscal years 2005 and 2006. Bush Administration officials at the Small Business Administration (SBA) fought the release of the information, but United States District Court Judge Marilyn H. Patel ruled in favor of the ASBL and ordered that the information be released.

The information turned over by the SBA proves the ASBL's long-standing claim that the Bush Administration has fabricated small business contracting data and lied to the public, Congress and the media about the diversion of federal small business contracts to some of the largest firms in the United States and Europe.

"Our goal was to prove before President Bush left office that his administration had fabricated reports and lied to the public, Congress and the media. This information proves that the Bush Administration is responsible for the diversion of more than $100 billion a year in federal small business contracts away from middle-class America and into the hands of some of the largest companies in the world," ASBL President Lloyd Chapman said.

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