AP: DeLay Tried, but Failed, to Get Justice Dept. to Shut Casino Abramoff Wanted Closed
WASHINGTON Jan 10, 2006 — Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay tried to pressure the Bush administration into shutting down an Indian-owned casino that lobbyist Jack Abramoff wanted closed shortly after a tribal client of Abramoff's donated to a DeLay political action committee, The Associated Press has learned.Blunt, DeLay Share Abramoff Connections
The Texas Republican demanded closure of the casino, owned by the Alabama-Coushatta tribe of Texas, in a Dec. 11, 2001 letter to then-Attorney General John Ashcroft...(more)
WASHINGTON - Rep. Roy Blunt (news, bio, voting record) and the man he wants to succeed as House majority leader, Tom DeLay, shared similar connections to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and to corporate lobbyists.Tom Delay's House of Scandal
Blunt, R-Mo., wrote at least three letters helpful to Abramoff clients while collecting money from them. He swapped donations between his and DeLay's political groups, ultimately enriching the Missouri political campaign of his son Matt.
And Blunt's wife and another son, Andrew, lobby for many of the same companies that donate to the lawmaker's political efforts....(more)
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Rohrabacher Defends Abramoff, a Friend
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher offered a rare defense Monday of longtime friend and lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty last week to influence peddling charges that have rocked Capitol Hill...(more)Sorry (not) Dana, but you're only defending Abramoff because you are up to you eyeballs in the Abramoff scandal yourself. And lets not forget that you never have come clean on your not-so-secret trip to meet with the Taliban, a government the US did not recognize just 5 months before Sept 11. Just WTF was that all about?
Rich Lowry: The GOP now craves such bipartisan cover in the Jack Abramoff scandal. Republicans trumpet every Democratic connection to Abramoff in the hope that something resonates. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), took more than $60,000 from Abramoff clients! North Dakota Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan used Abramoff's skybox! It is true that any Washington influence peddler is going to spread cash and favors as widely as possible, and 210 members of Congress have received Abramoff-connected dollars. But this is, in its essence, a Republican scandal, and any attempt to portray it otherwise is a misdirection....(more)