Abramoff

Head of panel investigating DeLay held fundraising event at Abramoff's restaurant

This is interesting.

Rep. Melissa Hart (R-PA) has been tapped to head the subcommittee to investigate Tom DeLay, and his travel on the dime of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But Hart held a fundraiser last election cycle at Signatures, the restaurant Abramoff runs in Washington. She paid $1,587 on 9/23/03 for "catering costs" according to FEC record.

Impartial my ---.

(Thanks to a Daily DeLay reader for the tip.)

NBC News exposes lobbyist paid for DeLay travel to Russia

On last night's NBC's Nightly News:

The cost of DeLay's room, with all the amenities, was $295 a night. On the bill, charges for DeLay and his chief of staff are mixed with Abramoff's — room charges, sports pool bar, mini bar and phone, for a total of $3,302.50

Northern Mariana Islands, Abramoff, DeLay, and Enron

[Call on your member of Congress to demand DeLay's resignation]

Okay, this admittedly has a lot of moving parts. Let me see if I can get all of this straight.

Statement on Hastert's decision to roll back ethics rules

Public Campaign Action Fund released the following statement today regarding the reversal of the House Ethics rules by its executive director, Nick Nyhart:

"The House leadership does not deserve praise for reverting to old ethics rules. The Ethics Committee is stacked with those who have donated money to Tom DeLay's legal defense fund, or have received contributions from his PAC. Where else in America but in this Congress can a defendant place his cronies on the jury and pay them off while he's at it?"

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Associated Press: DeLay and Abramoff talked daily

From Sharon Theimer of AP:

The Northern Marianas billing and correspondence records of Abramoff's former lobbying firm, Preston Gates, were obtained by The Associated Press under an open records request approved by the island government.

Picking up the tab

Why do I continue to be shocked by this?

About ten years ago, colleagues of mine sat down with a very prominent Democratic Party operative after Bill Clinton had won the 1992 presidential election. My colleagues argued that the public was increasingly cynical about how legislation was bought by the biggest donors. The prominent operative interrupted and said, "If the American public really knew what happened in Washington, they'd come and burn the place down."

Rules are pesky things, huh?

[Ed. note: I didn't notice that I was making a second post on this... since I've added some additional content from today's coverage, read down...]

Lobbyist's Paid For DeLay Flight To London and Scotland

Washington Post Headline: DeLay Airfare Was Charged To Lobbyist's Credit Card

From the story:

Placido Domingo, Lucianno Pavarotti, and the Other Guy...

The AP is reporting that in 2000 DeLay treated some donors to a night in an arena skybox that was leased by Abramoff so they could watch the Three Tenors. The pile just keeps getting bigger. Click here to read the AP story.

Bringing Tom DeLay Closer to God

Tom DeLay tells Fox News that a "left-wing syndicate" is out to get him...but he tells Fox News Radio that all the scrutiny over his ethics is bringing him "closer to God," reports Reuters, as does The New York Times, the Washington Post