Thursday, January 05, 2006

Finally, Bipartisanship on Capitol Hill!

As a public service to anyone who has only read news reports on Jack Abramoff from mainstream media outlets like the AP or ABC, there is this:

Democrats Benefited from Abramoff Contributions, Too
( - The National Republican Senatorial Committee said Wednesday that 40 of 45 members of the Senate Democrat Caucus have taken money from lobbyist Jack Abramoff, his associates and Indian tribe clients.

Abramoff pled guilty Tuesday to conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion. He also plans to implicate a number of U.S. lawmakers and congressional staffers in a bribery scandal.

Among those named by the NRSC as the worst examples of "Democrat hypocrisy" for taking money from Abramoff and his associates are: Sen. Byron Dorgan, (D-N.D.) who received at least $79,300; Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), who received at least $45,750; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who received at least $68,941 and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who received at least $6,250.
Some of the details we have read elsewhere are really interesting. Especially Abramoff's connections to tribal governments.

There is no doubt that Dems would love to create the public perception that this is a Republican scandal, not a bipartisan one, because when the puzzle pieces are assembled by prosecutors there will be a lot of embarrassment to go around.


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