|Department of Rumsfeld|
Sunday, January 27, 2002
"... in 1977, Donald Rumsfeld...was hired as the president of G. D. Searle Laboratories. Searle was then seeking approval of a new controversial sweetener, which has since become popular as "Aspartame". Rumsfeld said he could handle aspartame as a “legal, rather than scientific problem.” In 1980, shortly after Reagan came into power, Rumsfeld was quoted as saying that “he would call in all of his markers and that no matter what, he would see to it that aspartame would be approved that year."
Rumsfeld was paid $3.5 million in salary and bonuses between 1979 and 1984.