It’s just a question, hypothesized around the fact that Senate candidate Bob Schaffer’s previous employer was Aspect Energy of Denver, and if you were an executive for a company with the word “energy” in its name in Denver you probably had some dealings with the now-scandalized Minerals Management Service of the federal Department of the Interior.

It’s a question that the helpful liberals at Progress Now posed in a FOIA request they happened to copy the press on (follows). We seriously doubt they’ll uncover any evidence that Cap’n Bootyplunder picked it up from his dad after all, but if Aspect Energy or any of its many surrogates had any involvement in the salacious press nightmare plastered across the headlines of every newspaper in the country today, well, that’d be interesting.

From: Michael Huttner, ProgressNowAction [mailto:michael@progressnowaction.org]

Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2008 12:21 PM

To: ‘ginny.morgan@mms.gov’

Subject: FOIA request for MMS, please confirm receipt

Importance: High

Ginny Morgan, FOIA Officer

MS 2200

381 Elden Street

Herndon, VA 20170-4817

Dear Ms. Morgan:

ProgressNowAction makes this request for records from 1996 to the present, regardless of format, medium, or physical characteristics, and including electronic records and information, pursuant to the federal Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552 et seq, with:

Bob Schaffer;

Alex Cranberg

as well as any of the following organizations, their official officers, or designated agents:

Aspect Energy, LLC;

Aspect Resources, LLC;

CHx Capital, LLC;

Quantum Resource Fund;

Superior Renewable Energy;

Aspect Abundant Shale LP;

Aspect Energy International, LLC;

I am willing to pay reasonable costs involved with this request, which falls in the ‘Other’ fee category. If the cost of fulfilling this request is above $100.00, I would like to be provided with an itemized estimate of the expected costs. If this information is available by email or on a CD, I request that the above information be made available to me in that format. Otherwise, I would like hard copies by mail or fax at the address below. If my request is denied in whole or part, I ask that you justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act.

If you have any questions about this request or forsee any problems in releasing fully the requested records please call Michael Huttner at (303)931-4547.  Please send the requested documents to my email michael@progressnowaction.org or a the address below.

Thank you for your assistance.


Michael Huttner

20 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. redstateblues says:

    Progress Now, but isn’t this highly speculative?

  2. Gilpin Guy says:

    went on a fishing expedition about John Edwards.  Hey sometimes you get lucky.

    Even if it turns up nothing it continues to highlight Schaffer’s connections to oil companies behaving badly.

    Kos has a link up that showed that over nine million in ad buys for Schaffer through August with minimal improvement in his numbers.  Losing to a lightweight like Pete Coors in 2004 reinforces the perception of a LOSER.  Now it’s being subconsciously coupled with a crook.  Framing this candidate is getting easier by the day.


  3. bob ewegen says:

    I meet with oil and gas executives all the time and all I got was this stupid press release!

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      was flying high.  All I got was a pink slip in 1985.

    • RedGreen says:

      did you ask for the cocaine, golf trips and office sex?

    • Another skeptic says:

      Truth will tell.

      • CO Democrat says:

        Just felt like you had to insert a little bit about how Government Employees and Democrats are evil?  

      • Sage Sam says:

        that wasn’t a ridiculous statement AS.

        However, I will say that this press release sent out by ProgressNow is just low-brow.  The insinuation made by releasing it is ridiculous, without any basis and just plain immature.  Filing a FOIA is perfectly accecptable and frankly, probably should be done given Big Oil Bob’s track record.  However, the press release just crosses the line into sleaze politics.

        The focus of the DOI scandal should be on the Bush Administration.  Where was the oversight?  Why was the RIK program even created in the first place?  As the NYT stated in an editorial


        The program is vulnerable to manipulation at either end of the transaction, by overvaluing the oil and gas when it is received or undervaluing it when it is sold.

        Add in the fact that this isn’t the first time (also from NYT)

        In an earlier report in 2007, Mr. Devaney found that the agency had failed – through negligence and possible ethical lapses – to collect billions of dollars in royalties from oil companies for leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

        Gail Norton and the employees of the MMS should be prosecuted for defrauding the American taypayers.  A litany of crimes have been committed yet I hear of no plans to file charges.  At this point it is more likely that these embarassments to public service will find high paying job in the energy sector (Hello COGA!, Hello AAE!)  

        I sincerely hope that Rep. Waxman and the other members of Congress insist on prosecution of these thieves, including those that retired prior to the completion of the investigation.

        I am tired of being ashamed of my government, it is time for my elected officials to make things right.

        • DavidThi808 says:

          The Republican party has turned political contests into a knife fight. They would do the same thing if the tables were turned.

          As you said, it’s reasonable to make the request. And the press release is honest – it says they’re looking. I think that’s a fair thing to do.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        how many of the managers were Republicans do we AS?  Bush created a patronage system and staffed it with cronies.  Why are people shocked when they find out that the fox was guarding the hen house.  Any similarities with the corruption in the DOJ are consistent with everything that this administration has done.  It is pretty easy to see why McSame thinks he can get mileage by running as a reformer.  Do you think the tax payers got screwed on this one too AS or are you still in denial about how crooked these people really are?

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