Abramoff

From Green To Shiny Green

Recently released Abramoff email messages indicate that DeLay, via a phone call from the Majority Leader himself, demanded a $25,000 contribution for a GOP dinner from one of Abramoff's tribal clients. Abramoff passed on this message to the client and, voila, the money was donated within hours.

DeLay's ties to Abramoff are expanding from golfing and lavish trips to including the Majority Leader demanding money for GOP events and fundraisers (which is what the Justice Department and Senate investigators are looking at as well).

Abramoff's decision

I agree with Josh's take on this Sun-Sentinel story regarding Adam Kidan's guilty plea-to-be. Kidan was Abramoff's business partner in a shady and fraudulent deal to buy Sun Cruz casino liners, which led to the gangland-style murder of the previous owner.

Gov-elect of Northern Marianas Islands cooperating with Abramoff/DeLay investigation

Two emails

I received two interesting emails within a few minutes of each other that I thought I'd pass along.

The first pointed to this post at Think Progress by Amanda describing how desperate DeLay & Co. must have been to fill the room that they let in a protester for 10% of the minimum donation.

Connecticut Passes Full Public Financing of Elections

Here at the Daily DeLay we are used to writing about money and politics and ethics scandals. And no wonder, since Tom DeLay is our subject. Sometimes we write about other scandals, too, like Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's recent resignation after pleading guilty on bribery charges from campaign donors, or lobbyist Jack Abramoff's shenanigans with Indian tribes, or Sen. Bill Frist's curious choices about when he decides to sell health care stock.

How Good is DeLay's Poker Face?

Q: Guess who this quote is from:

"Short of some miracle, [Tom DeLay] will not be able to resurrect his political career..."

A: Molly Ivins
B: Roy Blunt
C: American Enterprise Institute
D: Democratic National Committee

The answer is.....................C.

The Public Has Grown Weary

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum of The Washington Post published an analysis on the public's growing discontent of the coziness between big money lobbyists and our elected officials in Washington, DC. Birnbaum writes that corruption in Washington as a front page issue is cyclical (occurring roughly every 10 years) but the most recent scandals have driven the public’s distrust of Congress to a new low.

Former DeLay aide Scanlon charged

Associated Press:

Documents filed Friday say that Scanlon and Lobbyist A recruited a member of Congress, identified only as Representative No. 1, with gifts, trips, meals, entertainment and campaign contributions to aid their effort to pass legislation.

Clearly, "Lobbyist A" is Jack Abramoff.

Representative No. 1? My money is on Bob Ney. Anyone know where I can place that bet?

Pryce and Abramoff

The headline of this blog posting will tick off Ohio Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (R). She's the one, a week ago or so, called disgraced lobbyist and DeLay-pal Jack Abramoff, who told the Columbus Dispatch, "We think he is a creep, and we hate him."

Judges for rent

"Hauled into court alongside Representative Tom DeLay, the Texas judicial system is also on trial," writes Ralph Blumenthal in today's New York Times. And it should be, since, as Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, points out in the piece, "Judges in Texas swing the gavel with one hand and take money with the other."

But as big as Texas is, the problem is much bigger than just Texas.