Jack Abramoff

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Old Habits

Hey, I know Washington is a small town and all but certainly a Representative under fire for his ties to Jack Abramoff can steer clear of a fundraiser hosted by one of the convicted lobbyists former protegees. Todd Boulanger, formerly an associate of Abramoff, is hosting a $500/plate fundraiser for Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL), who was on the Scottish golfing trip with Abramoff.

Waxman Warns White House

Rep. Henry Waxman, Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has a bone to pick with the White House. Well ok, he's got more than one, but today's news is that Waxman has asked for records related to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and the White House won't give them up. Because, as we've all seen, denial has served Abramoff's other associates so well.

Ney Staffer Sentenced

Neil Volz, former chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney (now rep-ing the Morgantown Federal Correction Institution) was sentenced to two years probation today for his role in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal. Volz, who cooperated with prosecutors to gather evidence about Ney about about White House official David Safavian, also worked for Abramoff for a time.

Light Sentence, Long Investigation

The former chief of staff to ex-Rep. Bob Ney who wore a wire to help convict his old boss has avoided jail time for his involvement in the still-unfolding Jack Abramoff scandal. Though Will Heaton will be on probation for two years, his cooperation with authorities has spared him a stint behind bars. Ney, of course, was not so lucky and is currently serving a 30 month sentence.

 

Background on Ney Saga

As the ex-chief of staff to ex-Rep. Bob Ney awaits his sentencing for his role in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling scandal, details emerge about his cooperation with the FBI to bring down his boss. Will Heaton, who was Ney's chief of staff for five years, wore a wire during key conversations with Ney, and his cooperation proved pivotal in the prosecution of the lawmaker.

The Criminal Industry

Note to recent college graduates: go into business defending members of Congress. You will make a killing. Young, Stevens, Doolittle, Hayworth, Lewis, Renzi, Mollohan, Jefferson, Weldon...the Justice Deparment has a bone to pick with all of them so they're shelling out hundreds of thousands in legal fees. No such thing as a free lunch, especially when Abramoff and his ilk are buying.

Abramoff Inquiry Knocks on White House Door

Jack Abramoff must be singing the song that never ends. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expanding its investigation of the relationship between the convicted lobbyist and the White House.

From his Pennsylvania prison cell, Abramoff has continued to assist federal investigators in hopes of leniency in his pending influence-peddling trial -- witness in particular the renewed attention to Rep. John Doolittle and his aide Kevin Ring.

Echoes of Abramoff

Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan group that promotes greater transparency in government, takes exception with Vice President Dick Cheney's decision to destroy logs of visitors to his residence in keeping with a general policy of secrecy that has obstructed inquiry into convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's relationship with the White House.

Feeney, Fi, Fo, Fum

Looks like Re. Tom Feeney (R-FL) got a call from the FBI wanting to know more about his participation in the 2003 Scotland golfing junket arranged by lobbyist Jack Abramoff that has become a centerpiece of the influence-peddlign scandal has so far netted a handful of guilty pleas and convictions from Members of Congress and staffers alike.

 

$40K And a Round of Golf

That'll get you some decent favors in Washington these days. The former aide to Rep. Don Young (R-AK) and former labor secretary for the Northern Marianas Islands, Mark Zachares will plead guilty tomorrow to accepting a series of gifts, perks and bribes (totalling about $40K) from convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for aiding Abramoff in his schemes in Guam and the Marianas.