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. The Sacramento Bee, (login required) meanwhile, reports that thirteen months after Doolittle wrote his letter on behalf of the Iowa tribe, it made a $5,000 contribution to Doolittle.
Kiel also has some verbiage on Tom DeLay's interview with Chris Matthews last night. Think Progress blogs on the same, showing how Mathews lets DeLay get away with glossing over just how his junkets were financed. DeLay claims the funding came from a "legitimate conservative organization." But DeLay's airfare was charged to Abramoff's American Express card! Of course House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting gifts of travel from registered lobbyists.