The second is the settling last fall by the National Park Service (NPS) of a whistleblower complaint over a secret sweetheart deal Snyder extracted nine years ago to give his Maryland home an unobstructed view of the Potomac River. It was a small concession in the grand scheme of things, the kind that the rich and powerful frequently wheedle out of government, especially back then, during the presidency of George W. Bush, when such favors were flowing like booze in a skybox. But its discovery set off a decade-long campaign of bureaucratic retribution over two administrations that nearly sent an innocent man to prison. The story of that little favor wonderfully (if depressingly) encapsulates the essential character of our times, in which average people who play by the rules are made to suffer by the blithe manipulation of those rules by the people at the top.
This was the shit the Obama administrationw as supposed to put a stop to. From 2007 - 2008 I worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. NFWF is a non-profit who's charter was established by Congress and its board is appointed by the Secretary of Interior. Given that I started working there in the final year of the Bush administration, I saw what a supposed environmentally conscience non-profit can do when most of its board was made up on Bush loyal Republicans after 7 years of appointments. Money cut from Humpback Whale conservation grants but new money pumped into Wal-mart sponsored grants and tons of marketing resources directed to press conferences and ads co-opted by Wal-mart. I left NFWF after one year disgusted at the Republicans that ran the organization, but thought that the incoming Obama admin would change things.
The same two people that ran NFWF in 2007 still run it.