If only they had a budget for that kind of thing....
Beancounter: "Let me get this straight...you want money to send some stuff to a guy who used to work for somebody else but got laid off, has no contract with us to do anything, in hope he might work for no salary on a low-visibility project that is costing us a great deal and has absolutely no chance of bringing in revenue in the future?"
Bridgeman: "Yes, that's pretty much it."
Beancounter: "I just came up with a brillinat idea of how we can save even more money. Clean out your desk."