Bob Ney

Will Ney fall next?

Toward the end of the Washington Post's follow up to the New York Times' Jack Abramoff piece, there's this interesting nugget:

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.

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?

And the award goes to...

Ohio Rep. Bob Ney received a subpeona from the federal grand jury investigating allegations of wrong-doing by high-powered lobbyist Jack Abramoff. This gives Ney the dubious honor of being "the first lawmaker to receive such a demand in the expanding influence-peddling investigation," according to The Washington Post.

The subpeona seeks records and testimony from Ney's office.

Developing Story - Stay Tuned

Three men have been arrested in Florida and charged with the murder of former SunCruz Casino owner Konstantinos "Gus" Boulis. For regular readers of this blog, those names will ring a bell. Disgraced lobbyist and DeLay pal Jack Abramoff purchased SunCruz Casinos before Boulis' gang-land style murder in February of 2001. He and his associates even went so far as to get embattled Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) to insert remarks into the Congressional Record.

Operation Corruption

Tom DeLay and the Republicans, shamed by DeLay’s comments that the federal budget was "pared down pretty good," have come forward with “Operation Offset” to propose a number of cuts to help pay for hurricane relief. The New York Times’ Carl Hulse covers it this morning, listing the following items as ones on the chopping block:

Going Back To Cali

LA Times headline: Lobbyist Tied to DeLay Indicted.

Schmidt, candidate in OH-02, urged to return DeLay's money

Jean Schmidt, the Republican candidate for the special election in Ohio's second congressional district (the seat was left vacant with Rob Portman's appointment to US Trade Representative), received two $5,000 contributions from Tom DeLay's ARMPAC on June 23rd and 27th, respectively.

With all the scandals in Ohio -- Bob Ney, Coingate, etc. -- do Ohioans want another representative whose in DeLay's pocket?

Democrats Run Ethics Ads in Six Republican Districts

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic National Committee will begin running ads today that target Reps. Tom DeLay (R-TX), Bob Ney (R-OH), Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA) and three other Republican members for alleged ethics violations.

According to The New York Times, the total cost of the ads is $36,000.

Sushi with a Side of Scandal

According to Glen Justice in today's New York Times, scandalized lobbyist Jack Abramoff's upscale restaurant Signatures might not be bustling now, but in its heyday, it was filled with high-powered elected officials and well-heeled lobbyists.

For example, Justice cites an e-mail that Abramoff wrote to his restaurant managers in May 2002 which gives instructions on how to handle VIP Majority Leader Tom DeLay and his wife.