Tuesday, January 10, 2006

DC (lobbying) Bloodbath!

Josh Marshall:
Lobby Firm Is Scandal Casualty
Abramoff, DeLay Publicity Blamed For Shutdown

Washington Post: One of Washington's top lobbying operations will shut down at the end of the month because of its ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and former House majority leader Tom DeLay...(more)

Josh has more:

The documents released last week make clear that prosecutors are readying a case against DeLay's former staffer Tony Rudy. And available evidence suggests they're trying to flip him to get to DeLay himself.

Washington Post: Abramoff Probe Turns Focus on DeLay Aide
Lobbyist's Plea Agreement Twice Cites Former Staffer

And this, is too much
Reed Uncensored

You can learn a lot about a person from his sense of humor. Take, for example, this so far unnoticed gem in Ralph Reed's correspondence with Jack Abramoff (pages 52-53). It took place on April 11, 2001, as Reed was mounting a campaign for the chairmanship of the Georgia Republican Party:

[Update] Josh still wasn't through.

I'm looking at a list of who was on President Bush's 2000-2001 Department of Interior transition team. It's not just Jack Abramoff who's on the list. Deputy Secretary of the Interior James Steven Griles is on there too. He's also apparently a target of the Abramoff investigation. And there's David Safavian on the list. He was the first guy indicted in the Abramoff scandal, the top procurement official at the Office of Management and Budget until a couple of days before he was arrested at his home in Alexandria, Virginia.

(related posts)
The Dominoes Begin Falling
So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu. Adieu, adieu, to yieu
Abramoff Makes Plea Deal, Will Cooperate
Corruption likes Company: Delay and Duke
Tom Delay Is A Big Fat Lying Hypocrite
Abramoff lawyers in talks with DOJ
2nd Columnist Canned for Taking Abramoff $ For Columns
Abramoff Partner Pleads GuiltyIn Messages, Lobbyist Says DeLay Pressed for Donation
Abramoff charity's claims disputed
How Abramoff Spread the Wealth


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