Wednesday, April 12, 2006
New e-mails tie GOP to Abramoff cash
Speaking of BushCo scandals... *voila* (via Kos): "Who will be the next GOP thug brought down by their close ties to Jack Abramoff? Well, today the AP makes a strong case that Sen Conrad Burns and Rep Charles Taylor (R-NC) are near the top of the list of elected officials who need to worry about their names showing up in an indictment. The reason is an extensive email trail detailing how Jack got school construction money for the Saginaw Chippewa tribe: A GOP official & Abramoff's lobbying team bluntly discussed using large political donations as a way to pressure lawmakers into securing fedrl money for a tribal client, according to e-mails gathered by prosecutors. Abramoff's team ultimately prevailed ... Lawmakers who helped got 1000s of dollars in fresh donations from Abramoff's team. Fedrl bribery law prohibits public officials from taking actions b/c of gifts or political donations & bars lobbyists from demanding govt action in exchange for donations." When it rains, it pours, no?