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New York Attorney General Launches Probe Into Contributions To Tax Exempt Groups

The New York Times reports today on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's launch of an investigation into contributions made to tax exempt groups that are heavily involved in political campaigns. The story notes that reform groups have pushed the FEC and the IRS for years to take action, to no avail.

Did Scott Walker break the law?

Today, Public Campaign Action Fund sent letters to both the Dane County (WI) District Attorney’s office and the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board urging them to look into whether Gov. Scott Walker broke the law during his conversation with who he assumed was billionaire donor David Koch earlier this week.

Lobbying Firm Raided

A report on Monday from abcnews.com indicates that federal investigators raided the offices of the PMA group, one of the largest defense lobbying firms in Washington DC. The raid took place as part of an ongoing investigation into potentially improper campaign contributions.

 

Rep. Jefferson Still Being Probed By FBI

A grand jury in Virginia has subpoenaed a Virginia law firm where one of the daughters of Rep. Jefferson (LA-02) once worked.  Also, a judge has moved the sentencing of a former congressional aide, Brett Pffefer, from March till May (the aid pled guilty to two felony charges, including aiding and abetting the solicitation of bribes).

 

From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

 

Abramoff to be sentenced in Florida fraud case March 29

Why is this important?

Well, to get a lighter sentence, Jack Abramoff has to show that he's cooperating with authorities. Abbe Lowell, his lawyer, says,

We will name names. We will provide the public with evidence of what is going on out there," Lowell said. "It seems to me that is not in the interest of law enforcement."

Get your popcorn. The caged bird is about to sing.

Abramoff Sentencing May Be Put On Hold

ABC News reports that prosecutors and defense attorneys for Jack Abramoff are asking for a delay in his Florida sentencing while Jack helps D.O.J. investigate broader government corruption allegations.

This news has got to rattle a few cages (and some nerves).

More subpoenas

Ronnie Earle has issued subpoenas surrounding donations to DeLay and former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), who recently plead guilty to accepting bribes for government business and other favors, reports the AP.

Texas Prosecutors Digging Around California

Texas prosecutors who have charged DeLay with campaign finance law violations are digging deeper and trying to piece together a $15,000 contribution to TRMPAC from a California based defense contractor--the same contractor that bought disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham. This is what the prosecutors are looking for:

Earth-shattering news for Washington

How many members of Congress will go down now?

Former Rep. Duke Cunningham, according to TIME, wore a wire.

Think Progress had it right.

Thousands of emails from Abramoff

CNN:

Sources told CNN's Ed Henry that Abramoff may have thousands of e-mails in which he describes influence-peddling and explains what lawmakers were doing in exchange for the money he was putting into their campaign coffers.

Sources said Abramoff has been cooperating with the Justice Department for months without any kind of plea deal. He will not be sentenced until his cooperation is complete, the source added.