Thus far, we’ve got 33 lawmakers who were engaged with our favorite lobbyist Abramoff (see Tom Delay and Nancy Pelosi). This time we’ve got Harry Reid and Dennis Hastert leading the way in a money for influence scheme. I’ll update with a complete listing of the assholes involved in this so that those of you affected may contact your elected officials to express your displeasure.
This is not a Republican or a Democrat thing. This is about right and wrong. I can see, understand and forgive neglecting to report a $2000 donation, but when the totals get to $100,000 (Hastert) or $66,000 (Reid) I become extremely skeptical that the politicians in question “forgot” to report it.
All 33 scum sucking swine are now listed. If anyone needs contact information for their reps. just let me know.
BigNewsDay says: I hear ya! Do you happen to know any toll-free numbers? This is going to get expensive. Maybe I can get some donations. Hmm. I'll call Abramoff.
I've got the final list of the illustrious 33 who were involved in this one. I'll give Abramoff credit on this one, he seems to have gotten better at working the left and the right. As I've now got the complete list below, I have removed the prior listing. The people whose names are italicized are ones I could reasonably understand having forgot about the donation or had it fall through the cracks. That doesn't exonerate them, but it doesn't seem they were really playing hard on this and they could well be innocent of wrongdoing. The only one who seems to have done the right thing is David Vitter (R-S.C) who refunded the donations back in 2002.
Trent Lott (R-Miss.) $92,000
Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) $82,500
Harry Reid (D-Nev.) $67,441
Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) $62,500
Mary Landrieu (D-La.) $32,000
John Breaux (D-La.) $27,500
John Ensign (R-Nev.) $16,293
David Vitter (R-La.) $6,000 (Vitter refunded these donations on Feb, 18, 2002)
Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) $2,750
Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) $103,500
John Doolittle (R-Calif.) $64,500
Tom DeLay (R-Texas) $57,000
Chris John (D-La.) $56,625
Jim McCrery (R-La.) $36,250
Eric Cantor (R-Va.) $31,500
Ernest Istook (R-Okla.) $29,000
Pete Sessions (R-Texas) $22,500
Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) $20,100
Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) $6,000
Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.)$4,000
Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) $3,000
John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) $2,500
Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) $2,500
Sue Myrick (R-La.) $2,000
Ronnie Shows (R-Miss.) $2,000
Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) $2,000
Melissa Hart (R-Pa.) $2,000
Sam Johnson (R-Texas) $2,000
Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) $1,750
Walter Jones (R-N.C.) $1,000
Virgil Goode (R-Va.) $1,000
Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) $1,000
Jim Ryun (R-Kan.) $500