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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

This is big. I won't even begin to tell you that I fully understand that shell game that Jack Abramoff was running to funnel money, favors and trips to members of Congress in exchange for votes on behalf of Abramoff's clients. There has been some great reporting on it over at Daily Kos - I recommend visiting a few of the recent stories posted on the subject:

Another note - CNN reported early this morning that Abramoff has been cooperating with the Feds for a year without any guarantee of an agreement. Heads are going to roll. After the break, a summary of the charges against ole Jack.

Vis The Washington Post:

Conspiracy: Abramoff and partner Michael Scanlon conspired to defraud Indian tribes in Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Texas of millions of dollars. Abramoff made roughly $20 million in hidden profits from the scheme. Scanlon pleaded guilty to related charges in November.

Abramoff also gave money, trips, meals and entertainment to public officials and their relatives in return for favorable treatment of his clients. The government says one member of the House of Representatives, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, received a "lavish trip to Scotland to play golf on world-famous courses" and other benefits in exchange for the congressman's support on various issues.

posted by RenaRF at 4:19 PM 5 comments links to this post


Blogger Tom Harper said...

Oh yeah, heads will roll. Between Enron's Richard Causey and now Abramoff, 2006 might be the Year of the Canary.

Let's hope this neocon house of cards collapses soon.

9:16 PM  
Blogger RenaRF said...

Sooner would be better than later, for certain - goodness gracious.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Snoop said...

I’m just curious are you deliberately only posting part of the story? (Because you are liberal).
I’m seriously asking, why are you liberals making suck a big deal about this?

11:30 AM  
Blogger RenaRF said...

This post will have a liberal-slant, no doubt. However, I only posted what I had time to post with links to liberal writings on the same subject - I did so because of time constraints. Does that answer your question?

1:59 PM  
Blogger RenaRF said...

Oh - and Snoop - I think the question would be "why aren't you conservatives making a bigger deal about this? It IS a big deal. Do you think the bribing of public officials is minor?

2:00 PM  

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