Monday, April 17, 2006


So Much For Bush's Pretending That He Didn't Know Jack

Well, Bush really doesn't know jack, but he does know Jack -- Abramoff, that is. The College Republican currently camped out in the Eschaton comments threads made a big mistake when he invoked the name of his god, Jack Abramoff -- because it reminded me to post this :

E-Mails Show Abramoff's Donation Leverage By JOHN SOLOMON and SHARON THEIMER, Associated Press Writers 1 hour, 11 minutes ago A Republican Party official and Jack Abramoff's lobbying team bluntly discussed using large political donations as a way to pressure lawmakers into securing federal money for a tribal client, according to e-mails gathered by prosecutors. The e-mails detail how Abramoff's team worked to leverage assistance from the White House, Congress and the GOP to get a reluctant federal agency and a single Republican congressional aide to stop blocking school construction money for the Saginaw Chippewa tribe. The e-mails were obtained by The Associated Press. Abramoff's team ultimately prevailed when the congressional aide was overruled, several lawmakers pressured an Interior Department agency and Congress itself set aside the money for the tribe. Lawmakers who helped got thousands of dollars in fresh donations from Abramoff's team. Federal bribery law prohibits public officials from taking actions because of gifts or political donations and bars lobbyists from demanding government action in exchange for donations. Abramoff's team repeatedly discussed donations as the reason Republican leaders should intervene for the Saginaw, the e-mails show.

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