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  • The Iranian Web of Influence in the United States

    04/02/2008 9:46:09 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 2 replies · 73+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 2 April 2008 | Hassan Daioleslam
    The Iranian Web of Influence in the United States   By Hassan Daioleslam | Wednesday, April 02, 2008 On March 21, 2008, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) announced its decision to penalize three Iranian-connected companies as "they knowingly exported three U.S. origin aircraft to Iran in violation of the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”) and are preparing to re-export three additional U.S. origin aircraft to Iran in further violation of the EAR."1The principal firm among these is Balli Group PLC based in London. Iranian brothers Vahid and Hassan Alaghband own the company. Balli owns...
  • The Culture Of Corruption Redux

    08/20/2006 6:57:40 PM PDT · by tsmith130 · 8 replies · 756+ views
    Captains Quarters ^ | 08/20/2006 | Captain Ed
    When the Democrats adopted the "culture of corruption" meme as their campaign theme earlier this year, we noted that the culture hardly respected party lines. The leader of the Senate Democratic caucus, Harry Reid, took contributions from clients of Jack Abramoff and intervened on their behalf at least four times, and Abramoff hired one of Reid's staffers and started holding fundraisers for the Senate Minority Leader in Abramoff's offices. Now COGirl at Hang Right Politics points us towards a Los Angeles Times report on the "culture of corruption" surrounding Harry Reid and a new real-estate development outside of Las Vegas....
  • State Department creates own board to look at Libya security query (fox guarding henhouse!)

    10/09/2012 6:56:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Washington TImes ^ | 10/9/2012 | Rowan Scarborough
    The State Department’s top security officer is coming under scrutiny for playing a role in creating a special board that is investigating last month’s fatal attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. One of the State Department’s accountability review board’s key tasks will be to probe why the office of Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management, rejected requests for more diplomatic security in Libya in the weeks leading up to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Mr. Kennedy, a career diplomat whose portfolio includes being the top security officer, signed the memo Oct. 1 that set up the review...
  • The Question I Wanted to Ask Jack Abramoff

    03/13/2012 9:11:04 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 03-13-12 | Brother Bob
    One of the advantages of living in Washington, DC is that a lot of interesting people pass through this town. And thanks to the sheer number of organizations and events that this town attracts if you keep your eyes open you can see some of these interesting people in person. So when a few nights ago I noticed that Jack Abramoff was going to be speaking at the National Press Club, for the price of going to the movies Sister Babe and I got to hear a talk from one of the most fascinating criminals of modern times. The subject...
  • Abramoff says Gingrich was lobbying on behalf of consulting clients

    12/08/2011 5:51:32 AM PST · by maggief · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 8, 2011 | Justin Sink
    Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff hit Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich for his claims that he did no lobbying on behalf of the mortgage and health care companies that paid him millions in consulting fees, calling the system of providing "strategic advice" corrupt. "I don't want to say he's lying, he may believe what he's saying, but people have to understand that lobbying isn't just going to meet with members," Abramoff said. Abramoff served more than three years in prison following a conviction for corruption and fraud stemming from gifts he provided in exchange for votes to benefit Native American...
  • Abramoff accuses Newt Gingrich of 'corruption.' Really.

    11/16/2011 11:34:29 PM PST · by federal__reserve · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/16/11 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Gregory asked Abramoff - who finished a jail stint over a year ago on influence-peddling charges and has been promoting his recently-published book - about the strategic counseling fee of over $1 million that was paid to Newt Gingrich by housing giant Freddie Mac. "What do you make of all that?" Gregory asked. Abramoff replied, "This is exactly what I'm talking about. People who come to Washington who have public service and they cash in on it. And they use their public service and their access to make money, and unfortunatley Newt Gingrich is one of them who have done...
  • Congress Members Took Part in Insider Trading: Abramoff

    11/11/2011 9:45:39 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 34 replies · 1+ views ^ | Friday, 11 Nov 2011 | 10:16 AM ET | Eamon Javers
    As many as a dozen members of Congress and their aides took part in insider trading based on foreknowledge of market moving information on Capitol Hill, disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff told CNBC in an interview. Abramoff, who was once one of the wealthiest and most powerful lobbyists in Washington before a corruption scandal sent him to federal prison for more than three years, said that many of those members of Congress bragged to him about their stock trading prowess while dining at the exclusive restaurant he owned on Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • CBS, Jack Abramoff Interview Highlights DC Corruption

    11/09/2011 9:17:25 AM PST · by radioone · 5 replies
    A Time For Choosing (wordpress) ^ | 11-8-11 | Stacy Drake
    On October 29th, when I sat on a panel during the first ever Grizzly Fest Summit, I spoke about being “disillusioned” with the state of politics and Washington DC prior to learning about Governor Palin in 2007. Disgraced former high-power DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff had a lot to do with that because as the Washington Post described back in 2006 (emphasis): Former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on March 29, after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to cooperate...
  • (Kevin) Ring sentenced to 20 months in lobbying scandal

    10/26/2011 12:06:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/26/11 | Nedra Pickler - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former lobbyist who was a rising star under Jack Abramoff's tutelage was sentenced Wednesday to nearly two years in prison for giving public officials meals and event tickets. Kevin Ring argued up until his emotional sentencing hearing that he was operating in a corrupt Washington environment controlled by people with money and that he did not break the law. "I found a ridiculous system full of gray areas and I manipulated it," a sobbing Ring told the judge in asking her not to lock him up. It was the first time he spoke about the charges...
  • Grover Norquist's Relationships Should Give People Pause

    10/06/2011 3:15:49 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 18 replies
    Congressman Frank Wolf ^ | 4 Oct 2011 | Frank Wolf
    TERRORIST CONNECTIONS Not only was Mr. Norquist entangled with the criminal dealings of Jack Abramoff, but documentation shows that he has deep ties to supporters of Hamas and other terrorist organizations that are sworn enemies of the United States and our ally Israel. According to Senate lobbying disclosure records of his now defunct lobbying firm, Janus-Merritt Strategies, around the years 2000 and 2001 Mr. Norquist’s firm represented Abdurahman Alamoudi, who was convicted two years later for his role in a terrorist plot and who is presently serving a 23-year sentence in federal prison. Court documents and a October 15, 2004,...
  • Casino Jack (trailer) movie about Jack Abramoff

    01/03/2011 9:47:27 AM PST · by fishtank · 6 replies
    Anyone seen it yet?
  • Boxer Resurrects Indian Tribe Deemed Defunct 40 Years Ago, Son Profits $8 Million Off It

    11/01/2010 8:19:12 AM PDT · by OregonRancher · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/30/10 08:55 AM ET | Rick Manning
    Boxer Resurrects Indian Tribe Deemed Defunct 40 Years Ago, Son Profits $8 Million Off It (p)It doesn't get more corrupt than this.... For the past 10 years Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has been playing a game that would make Jack Abramoff blush, a game that can best be described using the language of “Get Smart’s” Maxwell Smart as “the ole family-profiting-off-of-the-Indian-tribe-that-you-created trick.” Here’s the story. In 1998, Lynn Woolsey introduced legislation reinstating an Indian tribe in the wine country of Northern California that had been declared defunct by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1958. None of the Indians of...
  • Boxer’s sweetheart deal with reinstated Indian tribe (Boxer The New Abramoff)

    10/30/2010 8:02:16 PM PDT · by red flanker · 36 replies
    Hot Air ^ | October 30, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    In 2006, Democrats successfully won back control of Congress by highlighting corruption scandals involving Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist specializing in Indian tribes. But does one Democrat in particular have a problem of her own with her interventions on behalf of a California tribe that now operates a casino just outside of San Francisco? Barbara Boxer pushed a bill reinstating a tribe designated as “defunct” by the BIA 40 years earlier through legislation that she also amended to remove a prohibition on gaming on any land the tribe owned. Rick Manning at The Hill says the deal — and what ensued...
  • Iran's Oil Mafia (pro-regime Iranian lobby in U.S.)

    04/16/2007 5:08:26 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 552+ views ^ | April 16, 2007 | Hassan Daioleslam
    Iran's Oil Mafia April 16, 2007 Hassan Daioleslam Robert William (Bob) Ney is a current federal prisoner and a former Ohio Congressman from 1995 until November 3, 2006. Ney pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and making false statements in relation to the Jack Abramoff lobbying and bribery scandal. Ney reportedly received bribes from Abramoff, other lobbyists, and two foreign businessmen - a felon and an arms dealer - in exchange for using his position to advance their interests. Conspicuously missing from this dossier of disservice to the country was Ney’s assistance in the creation of a Washington-based lobbying...
  • Jack Abramoff working at Baltimore kosher pizzeria

    06/22/2010 4:57:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies ^ | 6/22/10 | BEN NUCKOLS
    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has landed a job at a kosher pizzeria in Baltimore soon after his release from prison. The owner of Tov Pizza, Ron Rosenbluth, said Abramoff began working there Monday. He is learning about the business and will eventually help with marketing. Abramoff is an orthodox Jew. He was released this month from a minimum-security prison camp in western Maryland after serving about 3 1/2 years for fraud, corruption and conspiracy. The former Washington power broker's activities led to the conviction of a congressman.
  • Justice Dept. Drops Doolittle Charges After 6.5 Years of Limbo (what RINO's do to conservatives)

    06/11/2010 9:27:28 PM PDT · by SierraWasp · 15 replies · 880+ views
    A Justice Department corruption investigation that helped drive John Doolittle from office has now been closed without charges being filed, the former Sacramento, Calif.-area congressman said Friday. "I'm thrilled," Doolittle said in an interview. "They've dragged this thing out for six and a half years." Doolittle's relief, though, is tinged with bitterness at how he believes the Justice Department has mistreated him. He says he accumulated $600,000 in attorneys fees, some of which he was able to pay with campaign funds. The lingering investigation hindered his ability to find work. In the beginning, he said, it proved "very devastating" to...
  • Abramoff released from Md. prison to halfway house

    06/09/2010 1:11:12 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 35+ views
    hosted. ^ | Jun 9 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been released from prison to a halfway house in the mid-Atlantic region, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said Wednesday.
  • J.D. Hayworth's Jack Abramoff Trust Fund Donor List Only Half Complete, John McCain Campaign Claims

    04/16/2010 9:00:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 819+ views
    As we reported earlier, Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth released his much-anticipated list of donors to his Freedom in Truth trust -- something John McCain has been requesting for months -- but the McCain campaign says the list only contains half of the information it requested. "We appreciate the fact that after 45 days and constant pressure, Congressman Hayworth has finally taken one step toward disclosing the activities of his FIT Trust," says McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers. "However, Congressman Hayworth has only revealed half of the pertinent information -- the money coming into the trust, but not the money going...
  • AZ-Sen. 2010: Sen. John McCain wants J.D. Hayworth to reveal donors (MCNASTY ALERT)

    03/07/2010 11:34:10 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 68 replies · 332+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2010-03-08 | Dan Nowicki
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  • McCain campaign pushes ties between Hayworth, Abramoff

    03/04/2010 3:04:02 PM PST · by pissant · 32 replies · 639+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/4/10 | Sean Miller
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is using J.D. Hayworth’s legal trust to hammer his primary opponent about his entanglement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Meanwhile, Hayworth’s former House colleagues are donating thousands to help him escape a legal debt they say he accumulated facing false allegations. The McCain campaign is ratcheting up pressure on the former congressman to disclose the donors to the Freedom in Truth Trust (FITT) he set up in 2008 to pay down legal bills stemming from the Abramoff lobbying scandal. Hayworth came under investigation by the Department of Justice after he received campaign contributions from Abramoff...
  • Indians, Lobbyists and Arizona Politics...OH MY!

    01/29/2010 10:05:26 AM PST · by AuntB · 81 replies · 1,440+ views
    TheTownCrier ^ | Jan. 29, 2010 | TheTownCrier
    The scene is the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut . The year 2000. The congressman has $100 chips stacked high, having a grand time at the crap table. He likes to gamble and isn't afraid to show some temper when he loses. Along for the ride are his campaign manager and one of the two biggest lobbyist handing out campaign money from various Indian tribes who was also a 20 year friend of the legislator. By now we've all heard about the money J.D. Hayworth received from an Indian tribe by way of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was one...
  • Hayworth challenging McCain

    01/23/2010 2:18:37 PM PST · by AKReportz · 219 replies · 3,254+ views
    Hayworth faced ethical scrutiny during his unsuccessful reelection campaign for his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, whose Native-American clients contributed $100,000 to his campaigns. He is still paying off legal debt that he accumulated preparing for a possible federal investigation in connection with the Abramoff scandal.
  • Stimulus Watchdog: Job Creation Data Flawed (BO's own guy says estimates were inflated)

    11/19/2009 8:30:08 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 17 replies · 1,329+ views
    The government watchdog overseeing economic stimulus spending says the White House was too quick to take credit for saving or creating 640,000 jobs. The White House trumpeted job figures released last month, saying they proved the administration is on track to save or create 3.5 million jobs by the end of next year.
  • Judge declares mistrial in Abramoff-related case

    10/15/2009 2:50:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 283+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/15/09 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON – A judge declared a mistrial Thursday in the case of a former lobbyist caught up in the Jack Abramoff affair, the biggest setback in the government's long-running prosecution of the influence-peddling scandal. The jury deadlocked over allegations that Kevin Ring lavished thousands of dollars worth of tickets and meals on employees of then-Republican Reps. John Doolittle of California and Ernest Istook of Oklahoma and on Justice Department officials in return for congressional appropriations and other assistance for Abramoff's clients. The panel of seven women and five men also was unable to reach a verdict on another count, on...
  • Memo defends Abramoff figure (Horace Cooper)

    09/17/2009 1:51:29 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 429+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 16, 2009 | Susan Crabtree
    A former government official facing corruption charges for accepting improper gifts from Jack Abramoff is taking an unusually aggressive approach in fighting the Justice Department’s case. Horace Cooper, a legal commentator and conservative writer who was a senior aide in then-Rep. Dick Armey’s (R-Texas) office, is accusing prosecutors of dozens of mistakes and has invoked the prosecutorial abuse investigation that overturned the conviction of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) in an attempt to undermine the government’s case. Cooper, an attorney himself, pleaded not guilty last week to felony corruption charges, including accepting nearly $15,000 in gifts, tickets to sporting events...
  • Ex-Armey aide indicted in Abramoff probe

    08/22/2009 1:58:35 PM PDT · by Palin Republic · 405+ views
    Politico ^ | August 21, 2009 | Josh Gerstein
    I need some information on disruptions of meetings by Democrats. Not disruptions of rallys or things of that nature, but actual meetings where Democrats or left wingers were a disruption and did not get arrested. My boyfriend's contention is that Democrats were always arrested if they disrupted a public meeting but no one is being arrested at these town hall meetings and his implication is that there's a double standard at work. I say that's not true but can't find anything online to prove it. Please help me with this. I can't lose this argument! Thanks ;)
  • Kevin Spacey's Abramoff is Tight With Bush & Cheney in 'Casino Jack'

    08/16/2009 9:02:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 861+ views
    Filming just wrapped on "Casino Jack," in which Kevin Spacey plays jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Having gotten a peek at Norman Snider's deft script, we can tell you that some of its real-life characters have cause for concern. The screenplay paints George W. Bush and Karl Rove as much chummier with Abramoff than they've acknowledged. ("How you doing there, buff guy?" Bush asks the black-hatted con artist in one Oval Office scene.) Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay comes off worse. Cigar-smoking DeLay, played by Spencer Garrett, is seen golfing with Abramoff on that infamous junket to Scotland. He also...
  • Bios of prosecutors facing criminal investigation (Sen. Stevens)

    04/07/2009 6:01:51 PM PDT · by JRochelle · 49 replies · 2,566+ views
    Brief biographical sketches of six federal prosecutors under investigation for mishandling the trial of former Sen. Ted Stevens. BRENDA MORRIS: A longtime prosecutor with the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section, Morris now serves as its principal deputy. She helped supervise the investigation into disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and has prosecuted corruption cases around the country. She teaches corruption investigations within the Justice Department and is a professor at Georgetown Law School. A graduate of Howard University law school, she served as the lead attorney in the Stevens trial, giving the government's opening statement and cross-examining Stevens. NICHOLAS MARSH: One of...
  • [Puerto Rico Governor] posts Facebook apology

    12/30/2008 6:03:01 AM PST · by cll · 5 replies · 331+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 12/29/08
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Dec 29, 2008 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Puerto Rico's governor, indicted on corruption charges, posted a video on the popular social networking site Facebook admitting to making mistakes. During the four-minute video, Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila apologized to Puerto Ricans saying he "committed errors." However, he did not address specific charges against him or admit to any criminal wrongdoing, according to the video posted Sunday. A federal indictment handed down earlier this year accused the Puerto Rican governor...
  • Fraud Suspect Madoff Is Big Democratic Donor

    12/22/2008 4:33:15 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 40 replies · 1,823+ views ^ | December 22, 2008 |
    <p>Bernard Madoff, the investment fund manager and former Nasdaq chairman accused of a Ponzi scheme in which investors allegedly lost up to $50 billion, is a major contributor to Democratic causes, and his company spent almost $600,000 to curry favor in Washington, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.</p>
  • Lobbyist Abramoff gets new four-year prison term

    09/04/2008 2:42:48 PM PDT · by KantianBurke · 13 replies · 140+ views
    CNN ^ | September 4th, 2008 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to four years in federal prison Thursday for his corrupt lobbying activities, which led to the downfalls of a congressman and several other Washington officials.
  • Ex-lobbyist Abramoff sentenced to four years by judge

    09/04/2008 1:37:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 172+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/4/08 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, whose corruption scandal shook up Washington's power elite and contributed to the Republican loss of control in Congress, was sentenced on Thursday to four years in federal prison. Judge Ellen Huvelle issued the sentence on conspiracy and other charges after federal prosecutors recommended leniency due to Abramoff's cooperation in pursuing corruption cases against lawmakers and former administration officials. He faced a maximum of 11 years under a plea deal reached in 2006.
  • In exchange for cooperation, prosecutors recommend dramatic reduction in Abramoff prison term

    08/27/2008 5:22:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 8 replies · 95+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 8/27/08 | MATT APUZZO/AP
    The Justice Department on Wednesday recommended a dramatic reduction in the prison sentence of imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who became the key witness against lawmakers and congressional aides he spent years corrupting. Prosecutors asked federal judges in Washington and Florida to shave years of prison time off his sentence, citing his work in an FBI investigation that sent numerous powerful people to prison and contributed to the Republican Party's loss of Congress.
  • The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Jack Abramoff [Book by Gary S. Chafetz]

    08/22/2008 2:52:25 PM PDT · by ThePythonicCow · 9 replies · 800+ views ^ | August 22, 2008 | Gary S. Chafetz
    This is an upcoming book, available on for pre-sale,presumably due to release closer to the November 2008 election to do more harm to McCain. Here is the book description, as provided on Amazon: The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Jack Abramoff (Hardcover) by Gary S. Chafetz (Author) Product Details Hardcover: 480 pagesPublisher: Martin & Lawrence Press (September 5, 2008)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 097738988XISBN-13: 978-0977389889 Product Description Gary Chafetz is a liberal Boston journalist who set out to chronicle the scandal involving conservative gun-for-hire and super-lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. Instead he uncovered a Shakespearean tragedy of deceit, betrayal and political...
  • Obama Camp Aims to Capitalize on Ralph Reed Link to McCain

    08/21/2008 4:47:37 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies · 168+ views
    FOX News ^ | August 21, 2008 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — John McCain’s presidential campaign is denying any connection to Jack Abramoff ally Ralph Reed and accusing Barack Obama and Democrats of taking “desperate” measures to link the two men together. “It’s unfortunate that Barack and his allies have sunk to such depths that they are trying to draw connections that don’t exist and everyone knows don’t exist,” McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds told Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition whose political career was thwarted last year by links to convicted lobbyist Abramoff, recently sent an e-mail to his friends urging them to attend a McCain...
  • Obama camp links McCain to Abramoff scandal (Obama opening door to William Ayers)

    08/20/2008 8:21:29 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 32 replies · 146+ views
    CNN ^ | August 21, 2008 | Alexander Mooney
    (CNN) — Barack Obama's campaign is linking John McCain to the infamous Jack Abramoff scandal that ended several Republicans' political careers three years ago in a new campaign ad hitting Georgia airwaves Wednesday. The 30-second spot is the Obama campaign’s second negative ad in the past 24 hours. It attacks the Arizona senator for his association with former Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed, one of the Republicans implicated in the scandal. The ad also seems to suggest McCain didn't call Reed to testify before a Senate panel he chaired in return for political favors. “When the Senate investigated, the senator...
  • Obama Brings a Knife to a Gunfight

    08/20/2008 4:48:06 PM PDT · by flyfree · 28 replies · 155+ views
    Two months ago Obama declared of the McCain campaign, "If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." And while Obama has sharpened his message of late, today he pulled out a pocketknife and McCain responded by pulling out a .44 Magnum. The Obama campaign sent out an email announcing they were releasing a new ad in Georgia linking McCain to Ralph Reed and, by association, Jack Abramoff. [Video at link] Brian Rogers, spokesman for the McCain campaign, fired back with this: "Barack Obama's ad is ridiculous. Because of John McCain, corruption was exposed and people like...
  • DNC on Eric Cantor: "Both Abramoff and Cantor are Jewish"

    08/20/2008 5:43:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 54 replies · 414+ views ^ | August 20, 2008 | Dan McLaughlin
    The Democratic National Committee has a website set up to attack potential McCain running mates as "The Next Cheney" (if only); if you want to see there are pages dedicated to Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, John Thune, Tom Ridge, Tim Pawlenty, Carly Fiorina, Charlie Crist, Fred Smith and Eric Cantor. Lest there be any doubt as to the origins of this site, there's a disclaimer at the bottom of each page: "Paid for by the Democratic National Committee — 430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington DC 20003." If you go to the page on Congressman Cantor, you will see a...
  • Democrats taking potshots at Cantor as possible VP (Jack Abramoff named a sandwich after Cantor)

    08/13/2008 8:37:41 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 2 replies · 106+ views ^ | August 12, 2008 | BY HUGH LESSIG
    "Jack Abramoff liked Eric Cantor so much that he named a tuna-based stacker sandwich after him," said Jared Leopold, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Virginia. "Now Cantor wants to have his sandwich and eat it, too. He wants to do favors for lobbyists, but deny responsibility." Rob Collins, Cantor's chief of staff, said the Democrats have misfired. In a 2000 GOP primary, Abramoff bankrolled a group that attacked Cantor.
  • Court Overturns Abramoff-Related Conviction for Ex-Bush Official

    06/17/2008 7:18:27 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 1 replies · 134+ views
    abc news ^ | 06.17.08 | By JASON RYAN
    The Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals today overturned the conviction of former Bush administration official David Safavian, who was entangled in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, and ordered that he should be given a new trial.
  • Former GOP Staff Member Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charge [Abramoff link]

    06/02/2008 7:46:11 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 11 replies · 186+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, June 3, 2008 | Del Quentin Wilber and Carrie Johnson
    The chief of staff to a former senior member of the House Appropriations Committee pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to commit fraud, becoming the latest casualty of the scandal centered on disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. John C. Albaugh admitted to accepting gifts -- including tickets to sporting events, concerts by groups such as the Wiggles and a Disney on Ice show -- in exchange for helping lobbyists and their clients, according to prosecutors. Albaugh is scheduled to be sentenced in September. He faces as much as two years in prison and has agreed to become a cooperating witness under...
  • Udall accepted money from firms associated with Abramoff

    04/16/2008 9:06:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies · 125+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 16, 2008 | Lynn Bartels
    U.S. Senate candidate Mark Udall took $1,500 in contributions from two firms that once employed disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Udall's campaign spokeswoman Taylor West said the donations from the companies' political-action committees to the Eldorado Springs Democrat's congressional campaigns were legal. But, she said, Udall plans to donate the $1,500 to an organization in the Marianas Islands that assists victims of human trafficking. Abramoff and the islands have become an issue in Udall's Senate race against former Congressman Bob Schaffer... Schaffer's campaign manager, Dick Wadhams, ripped Udall on Wednesday, questioning why he waited to return donations he received in 2000...
  • Will Media Examine Barack Obama&#8217;s Connection to Jack Abramoff?

    02/21/2008 2:38:48 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 10 replies · 153+ views
    Newsbusters Via Raw Story Via FEC records ^ | February 21st | Noel Sheppard
    According to the liberal website Raw Story, and confirmed by examining Federal Election Committee records, top brass at Greenberg Traurig, the law firm convicted lobbyist Abramoff worked for between 2001 and 2004, have given thousands of dollars to Barack Obama's campaign
  • conrad burns no longer under investigation

    01/05/2008 3:15:08 PM PST · by ken21 · 8 replies · 357+ views
    lost angeles times ^ | january 3, 2008 | none cited
    Burns, a Republican, narrowly lost reelection to a fourth term in 2006 after Democrats made his relationship with Abramoff a key issue. Abramoff is at the center of a corruption investigation that has led to convictions of a former congressman, legislative aides, lobbyists and Bush administration officials.
  • (Former Sen. Conrad) Burns no longer part of Abramoff probe

    01/02/2008 8:58:21 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 204+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/2/08 | Mary Clare Jalonick - ap
    WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Conrad Burns is no longer part of a federal investigation of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Burns, R-Mont., narrowly lost re-election to a fourth term in 2006 after Democrats made his relationship with Abramoff a central issue. Abramoff is the key figure in a corruption investigation that has led to convictions of a former congressman, legislative aides, lobbyists and officials in the Bush administration. Burns said in a statement that he "never doubted that the baseless and politically motivated charges leveled against me would be found to be without merit." "My family...
  • White House logs are ruled public (appeal's a comin)

    12/17/2007 11:54:00 AM PST · by tobyhill · 59 replies · 122+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12/17/2007 | ap
    WASHINGTON - White House visitor logs are public documents, a federal judge ruled Monday, rejecting a legal strategy that the Bush administration had hoped would get around public records laws. The ruling is a blow to the Bush administration, which is fighting the release of records showing visits by lobbyist Jack Abramoff and prominent religious conservatives.
  • Administration Employs New Secrecy Defense in Lawsuits Over Abramoff's White House Visits

    12/01/2007 4:13:37 PM PST · by BGHater · 3 replies · 83+ views
    AP ^ | 01 Dec 2007 | AP
    The Bush administration is laying out a new secrecy defense in an effort to end a court battle about the White House visits of now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The administration agreed last year to produce all responsive records about the visits "without redactions or claims of exemption," according to a court order. But in a court filing Friday night, administration lawyers said that sometime in the past year the Secret Service identified a category of highly sensitive documents that might contain information sought in a lawsuit about Abramoff's trips to the White House. The Justice Department declared that the contents...
  • Congress Pushes Controls Over Marianas

    12/01/2007 12:51:21 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 173+ views
    Forbes ^ | 12/1/2007 | JIM ABRAMS
    Congress is trying again to exert more control over the Northern Marianas, this time minus the interference of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who for years dissuaded lawmakers from tinkering with the troubled Pacific islands. Legislation that could clear the House in December would apply federal immigration and labor rules to the U.S. Commonwealth of The Northern Mariana Islands, which in the past three decades of local control has been tainted with charges of sweatshop and human trafficking abuses. The bill is opposed by commonwealth Gov. Benigno Fitial, who says it ignores recent improvements in labor standards and could cripple attempts...
  • Doolittle (R-CA) House Seat Most likely to turn over

    10/05/2007 3:59:16 PM PDT · by fifedom · 90 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Oct. 5, 2007 | Chris Cillizza
    If Rep. John Doolittle is the Republican nominee here in 2008, the seat is a certain loss for the GOP. ... Doolittle ... has pledged to fight plans to push him off the ballot in 2008. ... Charlie Brown, who nearly beat Doolittle in 2006, is back again. But given the Republican nature of this district, he needs Doolittle on the ballot to win.
  • Caught in the Searchlight: Hsu, Reid, and the Searchlight Leadership Fund

    09/13/2007 12:59:08 PM PDT · by Fedora · 75 replies · 6,422+ views
    Original FReeper research | 9/13/2007 | Fedora
    Caught in the Searchlight: Hsu, Reid, and the Searchlight Leadership Fund Harry Reid’s Mob Money, Part 5By Fedora Fugitive fundraiser Norman Hsu’s donations to Hillary Clinton have understandably grabbed the limelight, but there is another story lurking in the shadows of the affair. Federal Election Commission documents record that on May 17, 2007, Hsu donated $1,000 to the Searchlight Leadership Fund, a political action committee associated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. On the same day, Searchlight received a $1,000 contribution from Winkle Paw, described by Hsu’s lawyer as a business associate of Hsu. Also donating $1,000 to Searchlight that...