Abramoff: Lobbying & political contributions by recipient ('99-'06)
Is your Representative on this list of Jack Abramoff's beneficiaries?
'Former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff used to be the toast of the town. Now he is under federal investigation for his dealings related to his American Indian clients, of whom he and former associate Michael Scanlon are accused of defrauding millions in fees. Scanlon was charged in November by the Justice Department with conspiracy to corrupt a U.S. lawmaker and is now cooperating with federal investigators. There is now talk that Abramoff is also looking to cut a deal with prosecutors. Many in Washington have turned on Abramoff, who used his connections to influence legislation by enticing lawmakers with golf trips, sporting events or fancy meals at his Washington restaurant. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who once described Abramoff as a friend, now denies having been tied to him.
But Abramoff's troubles don't just end with the tribes. He has also been indicted on wire and mail fraud charges in connection with his 2000 purchase of SunCruz Casinos, a casino boat company that he had formerly represented. Adam Kidan, a SunCruz business partner, was also indicted. Kidan agreed in December to plead guilty and testify against his former partner. Abramoff could face significant jail time in the case.'
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Noted: as many as 20 congressmen and their staff members could be implicated in the Abramoff investigation.
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