Monday, December 19, 2005

2nd Columnist Canned for Taking Abramoff $ For Columns

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. newspapers said on Monday they would stop publishing articles by a conservative commentator who was paid by a criminally indicted lobbyist to write pieces favorable to his clients.

Peter Ferrara has admitted taking payments from Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a key figure in a growing probe into payments to members of Congress who has already been indicted for fraud in the purchase of a casino cruise line in Florida.

The Manchester Union Leader and the Washington Times, which run influential conservative opinion sections, said they did not know that Ferrara took undisclosed payments for his op-ed pieces and did not think the activity was appropriate.
Ferrara, a prominent advocate of Social Security reform, told BusinessWeek Online last week that he takes payments from lobbyists "all the time" to write articles favorable to their clients and did not see anything wrong with the practice... (more)

(related posts)
Columnist Resigns For Accepting Abramoff $ for Favorable OpEds

Abramoff Partner Pleads Guilty

How Abramoff Spread the Wealth

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