Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Abramoff Scandal Escalating

From Hardball with Chris Matthews,

Jack Abramoff, a legendary Republican lobbyist, is getting closer to facing charges, stemming from a scandal involving Indian Tribes, bought Congressmen, and a host of Republican political/government elites.

Tom DeLay, the bastion of honesty and integrity, attempted to have charges against him dismissed by a Texas judge. Unfortunately for him, the charges aren't going away anytime soon. Yesterday, Republican big-shot Michael Scanlon, plead guilty on charges that he conspired to "defraud Indian tribes of millions of dollars and then bribe government officials, including a member of Congress, Republican Bob Ney of Ohio". He is said to be cooperating with federal investigators, and this has Abramoff and DeLay shaking in their boots. Why? Both are very close to Scanlon, and the uncovering of hidden graves will implicate Abramoff and DeLay.

According to Norm Ornstein, a Congressional expert of the American Enterprise Institute:

This is a scandal that could reverberate over the next couple of years and implicate many members of Congress, top administration officials and major outside political operatives...

As you can see, this isn't a small scandal. This is huge!

To further illustrate, Lawrence Barcella, a Washington Defense attorney said:

There'’s a good possibility given at least the relationship that we have seen so far in the press, I think there'’s a good possibility that Scanlon knows everything that Abramoff knows...

And if that's the case, then to the extent that there are bodies buried, he knows where every one of them likely is...

Abramoff and his peers are huge players in the conservative revolution. If he is charged and convicted of this conspiracy, which earned him $82 million, it will send shockwaves throughout Washington.

"Others touched by the investigation include Christian Coalition founder Ralph Reed, anti-tax guru Grover Norquist, and Republican Congressman John Doolittle, whose wife worked with Abramoff." (msnbc.com)

Most importantly, in my opinion:
Republicans in Washington remain worried that a big trial in the Abramoff case may add to the Democrats` argument that the GOP is breeding this culture of corruption.

The Republicans are just fucking themselves up. Looks like the Democrats haven't had to do anything. Democratic politicians have finally grown some balls, and they haven't used them all that much. For what? The GOP is fucking itself up. Whatever happened to "compassionate conservatism" and "moral values"? They were never there. Just some campaign slogan bullshit.

Read the entire article here, or click the title link. Enjoy!


BlackLabelAxe said...


This is why I'm not satisfied with the GOP to represent my voice. Don't think it's only the red guys that are doing it, they're probably just better at it. I think the GOP is fucked for several reasons, this stupid scandal is the least of them:

-They control both houses and the White House, yet they have not stopped the government from hemmorhaging cash.

-They have not lowered anybody's taxes besides that token check that a few people got a few years ago.

-They have made it very difficult for the average American to understand what's going on in Iraq, which is why the president is losing support faster than $haron Osbourne.

-They have expanded the power of the FCC to unimaginable and blatantly unconstitutional levels.

-They refuse to come up with an enforcable immigration plan that can promote economic development and maintain national border security.

-They refuse to make any serious changes to the way we pay taxes. Our IRS is so broke it would give Satan himself a hard-on.

-The new wave of corruption hardly suprises me. I'll bet with enough time and money, you could dig up ghosts on almost everybody on Capitol Hill. The only person that probably isn't guilty of anything is Barrack Obama, and that's just because he's young.

Besides that, they rule!

Osgiliath said...

Don't forget that Abramoff has gotten his hands on the Democrats with the Indian bribes. While the republicans seem to have reaped the most benefit from Abramoff on this, many Democrats are in this as well.

Hopefully the fallout from this will remove several layers of scum from Congress. I just hope that Tom Delay decides to give Harry Reid hell in the unemployment line as they wait for their checks.

radical middle said...

Give people enough rope and they hang themselves. As said before, "absolute power corrupts absolutely." Vote for gridlock

Anonymous said...

I got this from AOL News.. just thought I'd share for those who don't have access to AOL although you're probably gonna get a hold of this real soon..

WASHINGTON (Nov. 28) - Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators.

Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004.

Cunningham answered "yes, Your Honor" when asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties

House Ethics rules say that any lawmaker convicted of a felony no longer should vote or participate in committee work. Under Republican caucus rules, Cunningham also would have lost his chairmanship of the House Intelligence subcommittee on terrorism and human intelligence.

After the hearing, Cunningham was taken away for fingerprinting and released on his own recognizance until a Feb. 27 sentencing hearing. He could receive up to 10 years in prison.

He also agreed to forfeit to the government his Rancho Santa Fe home, more than $1.8 million in cash and antiques and rugs.

In a statement, prosecutors said Cunningham admitted to receiving at least $2.4 million in bribes paid to him by several conspirators through a variety of methods, including checks totaling over $1 million, cash, rugs, antiques, furniture, yacht club fees and vacations.

The case began when authorities started investigating whether Cunningham and his wife, Nancy, used the proceeds from the $1,675,000 sale to defense contractor Mitchell Wade to buy the $2.55 million mansion in Rancho Santa Fe. Wade put the Del Mar house back on the market and sold it after nearly a year for $975,000 - a loss of $700,000.

He drew little notice outside his San Diego-area district before the San Diego Union-Tribune reported last June that he'd sold the home to Wade.

Cunningham's pleas came amid a series of GOP scandals. Rep. Tom DeLay of Texas had to step down as majority leader after he was indicted in a campaign finance case; a stock sale by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is being looked at by regulators; and Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff was indicted in the CIA leak case.

BigNewsDay said...

This is getting crazy! I'm glad we are finally getting something done about this. These types of scandals have been going on for a long time, but now people on the inside are speaking up. and the public is paying closer attention to what is going on. I know that it isn't just the Republicans, but it does appear that they are the one's geting caught. Suddenly,a blowjob doesn't seem like that big of a deal!