Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Air Abramoff

The Moose notes that House Republicans were apparently flying the friendly skies of Jack.

The Abramoff/Scanlon/DeLay/Ney/Reed Indian gaming scandal gets more and more fascinating. The latest installment is a long piece in today's Los Angeles Times about the hospitality services provided to House Republicans with the proceeds of the wages of sin.

"A group of congressional figures has joined House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) under an ethics cloud stemming from foreign golf junkets arranged by a lobbyist facing influence-peddling investigations.DeLay landed in trouble last month over a 2000 trip to Scotland with the lobbyist. But two other congressmen and three House aides also played St. Andrews on separate junkets with the lobbyist that may have violated House rules, records show. And, like the Texas Republican, all omitted disclosing the key role of beleaguered lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He privately raised tens of thousands of dollars for private jets and boasted of setting up golf junkets, according to documents, congressional testimony and interviews."

The article provides a good overview of the entire scandal for those who have not been paying attention. Veteran Mooseketeers will perhaps not be surprised by its revelations, but they certainly will be amused and entertained.

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