John Doolittle

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Paul Kiel has a good blog post on the troubles of Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA), who, it turns out, wrote letters on behalf of two Indian gaming tribes to Interior Secretary Gale Norton. Both tribes, one from Iowa, one from Massachusetts, both pretty far away from California, were clients of Jack Abramoff's. Doolittle, who claims to be anti-gambling, is stonewalling.

Doolittle earns his name

Can you spell T-O-N-E D-E-A-F?

Rep. John T. Doolittle, a Republican with ties to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff, announced Thursday he will not return any of the $50,000 in political donations he received from the lobbyist or the Indian tribes Abramoff once represented.

Source: Half dozen members of Congress

A CNN source close to the Abramoff investigation:

The source close to the investigation said investigators are looking at about half a dozen members of Congress.

Here's my first list of possibilities. Post your own in the comments.

1. Rep. Bob Ney
2. Rep. Tom DeLay
3. Sen. Conrad Burns
4. Rep. Richard Pombo
5. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
6. Rep. John Doolittle

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.

The Public Has Grown Weary

Jeffrey H. Birnbaum of The Washington Post published an analysis on the public's growing discontent of the coziness between big money lobbyists and our elected officials in Washington, DC. Birnbaum writes that corruption in Washington as a front page issue is cyclical (occurring roughly every 10 years) but the most recent scandals have driven the public’s distrust of Congress to a new low.

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.

Drill this

Tom DeLay will be front and center in the push to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, now that the Senate has voted 51-49 yesterday in favor of the proposal. And no wonder: the Congressman has gotten $557,900 from oil and gas interests for his campaign funds since 1989 -- the top industry, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.