You may know that military contractor Brent Wilkes is referred to as “co-conspirator No. 1” by the feds investigating the bribery scandal involving former Repub congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (pictured) of California. But did you know that Wilkes lived high on taxpayer-funded retreats in Coeur d’Alene and Hawaii? In an article (which is linked in Huckleberries Online), the San Diego Union Tribune said Wilkes would take his management team to posh places like The Coeur d’Alene Resort, where he rented the $2,500-per-night Hagadone suite, with its indoor swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi, and spent thousands of dollars for group meals at Beverly’s. The Union-Tribune provides more: “For recreation, they would fish, Jet Ski or play at the resort’s exclusive golf course, famed for its 14th hole on a man-made floating island in Lake Coeur d’Alene.” About once a year, Wilkes and his execs would visit their two favorite retreat sites on the public dime, Idaho in the spring and summer, Hawaii in the fall and winter. Your tax dollars at work.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.