Friday, June 30, 2006

Just Pals: John Doolittle and Jack Abramoff

The immediate cause of all the mischief of misrule is, that the men and women acting as the representatives of the people have a private and sinister interest, producing a constant sacrifice of the interest of the people. William Leggett

Here is an interesting story about Do Little and his pals, written by the Associated Press and reported in the Washington Post on 6/20/2006. After reading it, I would like to know:

1. What did Doolittle give his pal Jack in return for the sports box?

2. Why did Doolittle not report this "gift" from his pal?

3. When did Ms. Doolittle work for John's pal, Jack Abramoff?

a. For how long?

b. What did she do?

c. How much was she paid?

4. What did Doolittle give his pal, Jack Abramoff in return for giving Ms. Dolittle work?

5. What influence does Ms. Doolittle's employment by John's pal, Jack Abramoff have over Congressman Doolittle's decisions regarding the public interest?

6. If I do not provide Doolittle with luxury sports seating, corporate jets, nannies and employment opportunities for Ms. Doolittle, will Congressman Doolittle give me the same opportunity to be heard and my interests cared for just as his pal, Jack, receives?

Something to think about...




Lobbyist Probe Glance

By The Associated PressThe Associated PressTuesday, June 20, 2006; 6:30 PM

-- Former Bush administration official David Safavian is the fifth person to be convicted or plead guilty to charges in a public corruption investigation that began with lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Those convicted so far are:
_ Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in January to mail fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion charges in connection with his lobbying work.

_ Tony Rudy, lobbyist and one-time aide to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who pleaded guilty in March to conspiring with Abramoff.

_ Safavian, who was found guilty Tuesday of covering up his dealings with Abramoff while a General Services Administration official.

_ Michael Scanlon, a former Abramoff business partner and DeLay aide, who pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to bribe public officials in connection with his lobbying work on behalf of Indian tribes and casino issues.

_ Neil Volz, an Abramoff partner who pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to corrupt his former boss, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, and others with trips and other aid.

Among other government officials _ all of whom have denied any wrongdoing _ under scrutiny for their ties to Abramoff are:

_ DeLay, who is under indictment in Texas on charges of campaign finance improprieties. Prosecutors are looking at whether DeLay, R-Texas, who resigned from Congress on June 9, filed false public reports to disguise the source and size of political donations, travel and other gifts he received from special interests, including some with ties to Abramoff.

_ Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., who accepted campaign money from Abramoff and used the lobbyist's luxury sports box for a fundraiser without initially reporting it. Doolittle's wife and one of his former aides also worked for the lobbyist.



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