this could get sticky later. http://money.cnn.com/2003/12/22/news/international/halliburton.reut/index.htm Political gas push at Halliburton? Report: Company pressured into buying more expensive gas as political favor. December 22, 2003: 8:13 AM EST NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Halliburton Co. official said he and his staff were pressured by the U.S. Embassy and Kuwait government officials to buy gasoline from Kuwait as a political favor, rather than possibly cheaper Turkish gas, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday. Thomas Crum, chief operating officer for Halliburton's Kellogg, Brown & Root unit's Middle East government operations, was quoted in the newspaper as saying, "There's been considerable pressure here on our people from the embassy encouraging us to buy as much fuel as we can from Kuwait, telling us it's a political issue." Earlier in December, the Pentagon said a draft audit found evidence KBR may have overcharged U.S. taxpayers $61 million to supply fuel to Iraq from Kuwait. Halliburton has strongly denied any wrongdoing. According to the paper, Crum said that embassy officials, whom he did not identify, indicated that the political nature of the issue related to the U.S. government's desire to show appreciation to Kuwait for its help in the American-led invasion of Iraq.