Ever wonder who buys those expensive beach houses -- and how they pay for them?
Associated Press writer John Heilprin recounts how it happened in one case -- as a lobbyist teamed up with the government's top environmental prosecutor, in a tangled tale of sex, oil and vacation property.
Here's how the story begins:
WASHINGTON — Nine months before agreeing to let ConocoPhillips delay a half-billion-dollar pollution cleanup, the government's top environmental prosecutor bought a $1 million vacation home with the company's top lobbyist.
Also in on the Kiawah Island, S.C., house deal was former Deputy Interior Secretary J. Steven Griles, the highest-ranking Bush administration official targeted for criminal prosecution in the Jack Abramoff corruption probe.
The whole story is at:http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/4553705.html