corruption

Staffer A is Tony Rudy

The Department of Justice's document outlining the charges (pdf) against Jack Aramoff include this:

Money Continues To Be Sent Back To Abramoff and Clients

Dozens of lawmakers are sending contributions back to Abramoff and his clients in hopes of removing any links between the two.

Two of the latest to give money back are from the Big Sky State: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) returned $18,892 for using an Abramoff skybox and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) sent back $150,000 in contributions just before Christmas.

Read more at www.boston.com.

Abramoff Pleads Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

This just in...Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty today to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion, and mail fraud. According to the AP, the papers filed today:

detailed lavish gifts and contributions that it said Abramoff gave an unnamed House member, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, in return for Ney's agreement to use his office to aid Abramoff clients.

From Abramoff charges...

FiredUpAmerica posted the document laying out the charges against Abramoff.

I'll read through and post my comments later. Feel free to do the same.

Abramoff to cop plea

NY Times has breaking news:

Jack Abramoff will plead guilty to three felony counts in Washington on Wednesday as part of a settlement with federal prosecutors, ending an intense, months-long negotiation over whether the Republican lobbyist would testify against his former colleagues, people involved with the case said.

Here's the scope:

A Graphic Graphic

Where Tom DeLay spends his donors money, courtesy of an AP graphic designer:


(From Juanita.)

End of the Year Goal

We don't fundraise often at the Daily DeLay, but today we're making an exception. The public needs to know about corrupt politicians and we plan to tell them -- in targeted districts around the country in 2006.

Abramoff singing, but what tune?

Anne Kornblut of the New York Times scoops this story, which may have more serious implications than the earlier AP story for DeLay, on how Jack Abramoff is discussing a deal with prosecutors.

And a Peak Into DeLay's Lavish Lifestyle

A major investigation by The Associated Press is a must read. It shows what Tom DeLay does with all that special interest money--over the past six years, he's spent more than $1 million on:

...48 visits to golf clubs and resorts with lush fairways; 100 flights aboard company planes; 200 stays at hotels, many world-class; and 500 meals at restaurants, some averaging nearly $200 for a dinner for two.

Congress in free fall

According to a December 9-12 poll by NBC/WSJ of 1,006 voters nationwide, just 25% approve of the job Congress is doing.

And poxes all around:

But the poll finds that a whopping 79 percent believe both political parties have an equal problem with corruption and illegal activities. Just 12 percent say Republicans have a bigger problem, while 5 percent say Democrats have the bigger problem.