Gibbons' Favor Factory

Oh geez, another one: looks like Rep. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) has been steering money and access towards a major campaign contributor. TPM Muckraker hits the high (low) points of a lengthy Wall Street Journal article on money coming in, and money going out.

 

In a nutshell, software giant Warren Trepp gives Gibbons $100K in campaign cash and sends his family on a cruise: Gibbons in turns steers millions in earmarks to Trepp and goes to bat for him with defense officials and others. Oh, and there's a link in there to the whole Rep. Jerry Lewis scandal - Trepp hired Letitia White, the Lewis staffer-turned-lobbyist who's been a major figure in the investigation. Who says DC is a small town?