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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.

Buying bad publicity

A story on Law.com sheds a little more light on the eight corporations indicted alongside DeLay and his associates in the TRMPAC case. Four have settled, four are fighting the charges. My favorite passage from the article:

David Sheppard, a solo practitioner in Austin, says his client, Bacardi USA, of Miami, Fla., has not entered a plea to the charge but will fight it.

Breaking News: Indictment Dropped Against Company In Exchange For Cooperation!

The Houston Chronicle (registration required) reported that Travis County prosecutors have announced that charges against Diversified Collection Services, Inc., one of the eight companies indicted for making illegal political contributions to a PAC run by DeLay, have been dropped in exchange for their testimony against other defendants.