Livingstone Tried to Get Qaddafi to Hire Him, for $10 Million

In one of the most bizarre episodes in the history of Montana gubernatorial campaigns, GOP candidate Neil Livingstone last week was revealed by the New York Times to have sent a letter to Muammar Qaddafi, offering, for the small price of $10,000,000, to help Qaddafi escape Libya and relocate safely.

Alas, Qaddafi should have taken Livingstone’s offer because Gaddafi is now in a meat locker.

The letter obtained by the New York Times is signed by three people including Livingstone, making the offer to the Qaddafi family.  Here is an excerpt from the NY Times story:

Even as NATO bombed Libya, the Americans [Livingstone and his associates] offered to make Col.Muammar el-Qaddafi their client — and charge him a hefty consulting fee. Their price: a $10 million retainer before beginning negotiations with Colonel Qaddafi’s representatives.

“The fees and payments set forth in this contract are MINIMUM NON-REFUNDABLE FEES,” said the draft contract, with capital letters for emphasis. “The fees are an inducement for the ATTORNEYS AND ADVISORS to take the case and nothing else.”

Neil C. Livingstone, 65, the terrorism specialist and consultant, said he helped put together the deal after hearing that one of Colonel Qaddafi’s sons, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, was interested in an exit strategy for the family. But he and his partners were not going to work for free, Mr. Livingstone said.

“We were not an eleemosynary organization,” he said.

Mr. Livingstone, a television commentator and prolific author who moved home to Montana this year to try a run for governor, said he had long been a vocal critic of Colonel Qaddafi and was briefly jailed by his government on a visit to Libya in the 1970s. The goal of the consulting deal, he insisted, was not to save Colonel Qaddafi but to prevent a bloodbath in Libya by creating a quick way out for the ruler and his family.


First, what the heck is an eleemosynary organization? (I mean, come on.)

Second, what kind of idiot would do this type of thing while actively laying the groundwork for a bid for Governor? Did Livingstone honestly believe that this activity would never be exposed?  I mean, even those who are raising money for Livingstone now appear tainted.  A piece in the Huffington Post last week dings former Republican Senator from Florida George Lemieux for hosting a fundraiser for Livingstone.

Needless to say, my inbox was flooded over the weekend with e-mails from anti-Livingstone folks, nudging me to write about this.  Which is another strange aspect of this story.  To date, not a single Montana newspaper except the Flathead Beacon has written about this crazy business.   Pogie at Intelligent Discontent also has a great post up on the scandal here.

The best part about the letter is that it is signed “Your obedient servant.”  Now if that doesn’t qualify you to be the GOP nominee for governor, I don’t know what does.

As I reported two weeks ago, Livingstone’s campaign is already pretty much dormant, and broke.  So it’s not likely that this development would change anything on the ground.  But I’m personally hoping that he can turn it around. With a little luck, maybe one of Qaddafi’s relatives will come to Montana to do a fundraiser for him.




22 Comments on "Livingstone Tried to Get Qaddafi to Hire Him, for $10 Million"

  1. The lack of local coverage is disturbing, and may be an attempt by some to not embarrass Livingstone’s running mate, Ryan Zinke. If so, it’s journalistic malpractice.

    A related question: exactly what was Zinke’s role, if any, in the Qaddafi affair? Given his military history, one can easily imagine his having a role in the extraction operation.

    Now, eleemosynary. Senator Sam Ervin, chair of the Senate’s Watergate committee, used the word during a hearing. But he was a Democrat. Livingstone is the first Republican I’ve know to use it.

  2. If this is true, and key word is If then that makes Neil Livingstone a traitor to the United States, and hence he should be disqualifed from being governor. Back in 2004 and 2008 the Republican party made a big issue of Governor Schwietzer having once done agricultural consulting over in the middle east. Yet Schwietzer was building irrigation projects. This guy Livingstone was doing much worse, he was possibly selling his services that could have harmed American troops. How can the Republicans call themselves the party of the military? And how can they not be labled as hypocrites? For this and for Dennys son working for Mongolia.

  3. Hilary Clinton, directed by the Obama administration, was also trying to negotiate a deal for Qaddafi and family The State Department was looking for options other than military involvement

    • Most state departments from most countries were trying to get the Q man out! Thats the business of Countries making the world safe. But when a private Co. Man does this! it should be called treason! Livingstone shouldn’t be in any form of public service Job!

  4. Clinton isn’t running for Governor. As to the press. Rehberg doesn’t want Hill to be Governor. The two don’t get along and Rehberg doesn’t want to have to deal with it when he’s in the Senate. Of course he’s going to encourage the press not to write about this. That way, Livingstone drops a couple million in ads and the race is over and Rehberg’s senate future is free and clear of obstacles.

  5. The Montana Press Corps is a sad joke. They don’t have the time, energy or inclination to fight off the truckload of idiocy that gets dumped on them every day. This is just another piece of evidence at just how pathetic they have become.

  6. Rehberg is NEVER going to beat Sen Jon Tester.

  7. The $10 million was just a retaining fee to begin talking about the real money. It was a drop in the bucket compared to what Livingstone would have asked once he got the meeting. Just think how much he would have asked for to be Qaddafi’s K Street lobbyist. Rick Hill walks away with this.

  8. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 22, 2011 9:05 AM at 9:05 AM |

    WHOOOOOA!, THERE COWGIRL! Hold your horses. I think that Neil Livingscam would make a FINE governor…………..OF NIGERIA! Seriously, hear me out. You see, I get an endless string of junk e-mail offers from nice folks in Nigeria all the time asking me to help them out in return for large sums of money. So, I thought I’d share the latest with the forum. It goes something like the following:

    Most dearest respected highly honored sir and fellow Montanan,

    I am writing because I need your assistance in a matter of gravest, vitalest importance. You assistance is most necessary. And for your assistance, you shall be greatly rewarded. It seems that I am about to make a HUGE sum of money that I would like more than anything in the world to share with an honored friend like you.

    You see, like my esteemed colleague, Dr. I. M. Kookie, I too am an expert in all KINDS of stuff. And as an expert, I’ve been called upon to make a foreign extraction of the most highly secretive nature. I cannot defecate at this time the nature of my extraction, but I can assure you that there will be a SLUG of money at the end of the deal.

    But there is only one small problem. I need a plane ticket to get to Libya from my home here in Nigeria to collect the money. This is where I need your help. If you will kindly send five thousand dollars to my e-mail account(campaign), I will be extremely pleased to reimburse you the five and ADD an additional twenty thousand upon completion of my mission. (the governship)

    So, my gullible mark, OOOPS!, I mean new esteemed friend, please respond quickly or miss out on the deal of a lifetime.

    Best regards,

    Your most humblest friend and colleague,

    Neil Livingscam (for governor)

    SOOOOO, as you can see, Neil Livingscam joins the ranks of OTHER Pubbies over the years like Boob Gagnon, Tiny Tim Geeorgi, and Pat Davison, who ALL made money the old fashioned Pubbie way. THEY SCAMMED IT!

  9. I doubt if Rick Hill can even spell Qaddafi, let alone be part of an international plan to stop him.

  10. Why Neil?

    First of all, thanks to Cowgirl for the blog. While your readers may not always agree with my stance on the issues, the criticism has been generally fair and the discourse has often afforded me the opportunity to evaluate the merits of a different point of view. For those curious about why I chose to team with Neil Livingstone, the short answer is economics. Montana is ranked 47th in family income and it will take a strong leadership team to turn this ship around. From my days of playing college football to being a Commander at SEAL Team SIX, I have always believed that great deeds are best accomplished with teamwork. Neil is smart, cares about working families, and will not cave under pressure away from his mission to do what is right for Montana. Between us, we have five Masters degrees and a PhD and have real experience in the timber, oil and gas, mining, technology, education, and firearms industries. I believe we need a qualified CEO to create the type of economic revolution in Montana that is both sustainable and available to all. We just don’t have the time to waste with “more of the same” politicians or those that have no resume in business creation.
    Our priorities are simple: Create better-paying jobs, reduce burdensome regulations on small businesses, and leverage our resources (oil, timber, gas, coal, wind, recreation, commodities, etc.) so that Montanans can afford to shape our own destiny. Neil and I have been to over 60 counties and can tell you from experience that you don’t make the rules being poor.
    We are both third generation Montanans and we aren’t going to be environmentally reckless or ruin Montana’s heritage, but we need the jobs to move forward.

    • Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | November 30, 2011 10:29 PM at 10:29 PM |

      DRILL ONE FOR THE GIPPER! Wow! I’M convinced! And moved! And impressed! Teamwork, baby. THAS what we need to turn this ship around! Thas what we been a’lackin’! Give me some teamwork and we’ll ACCOMPLISH some great deeds! We’ll not cave! We’ll get’er DONE! (our mission that is)! We’re on a mission by God! We’re missionaries! We’re in a missionary position so to speak! And we’re gonna USE our missionary position to create better payin’ J-O-B-S for all you slobs out there! Jobs for slobs! (you pathetic girls let yourselves SLIP into 47th place! Whas WRONG with you slackers?! Me and Neil will whip your heinies into shape for ya, navy SEAL shape!) For you see, we’re CREATORS, baby!

      It’s simple. Our message is simple. Our priorities are simple. Our answer is simple. In fact, you might say that in SPITE of numerous degrees, WE’RE simple! Just simple, ordinary guys with dough who KNOW how to shape destiny better’n poor slobs. How do we know this? Well, we’ve lived in over sixty countries! HEY, we make the rules, baby! We’re destiny shapers and rule makers and we got the dough to prove it!

      So, all we gotta do is put a CEO in charge and run’er like a business! Then, we’re gonna tote that barge, lift that bail, and leverage the SH*T outta our mines, oil fields, forest lands, and weapons industry! (spears)

      And I assure you that OUR approach to economic development and revolution is new. It is NOT “more of the same”, although it APPEARS to be just more of the same…….the same old industry bullsh*t.

      Ya know, democracy has been compared to the sausage making process, but what you end UP with sometimes is simply baloney! Simple baloney.

      Sorry, senator. Heard it all before at the last Chamberpot of Commerce meeting. But HEY, I do like your green initiative, tilting at windmills!!

  11. Mr. Zinke, noone who uses a high falutin word like eleemosynary can win office in Montana.

  12. The Senator did such a fine job avoiding the Qaddafi issue I think he’s a shoe-in for ‘Dancing With The Stars’.

  13. Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers | December 1, 2011 10:05 PM at 10:05 PM |

    I’ll bet that THIS dude would support the Livingscam/Zinke ticket! He’s on a mission too!

  14. Larry what happened to that drink…I still have the steaks and the scotch. See ya RNH

  15. Eleemosynary is a ten-million-dollar word, perfectly appropriate in this case.

  16. If Neil is a traitor for trying to negotiate a quicker end to the quagmire that was the U.S. strategy, why doesn’t someone ask the same question of the Obama administration??
    The Congressional Research Service reported that Obama had requested almost $1million for “International Military Education and Training funding for Libya to ‘support education and training of Libyan security forces, creating vital linkages with Libyan officers after a 35-year break in contact.”

    So if Neil is a traitor, then I guess Obama is the traitor-in-chief.

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