Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Lobbyist, Abramoff Pleads Guilty

This story has the potential to set off an absolute political earthquake in Washington. Jack Abramoff, a DC lobbyist, pled guilty to several charges in federal court yesterday. Abramoff has admitted to making illegal campaign contributions. This story is about to send a political earthquake through Washington DC. It seams that he has spread a lot of money around Capitol Hill. The media has been mainly focusing on Abramoff's ties to Republicans in Congress,...but it looks like both parties are involved on this one, all the way to the top of the Democratic leadership.

CNN is reporting that Abramoff is providing thousands of e-mails to investigators in which he described influence peddling with members of other words, the favors he was getting in return for the money he was donating to their campaigns. Surprised? You shouldn't be. Let’s be realistic. His type of thing happens all the time behind the closed doors of congress; Abramoff is the tip of the iceberg.

Remember Randy Cunningham? The California congressman who admitted to taking money from defense contractors in order to push their projects. Are we to believe, out of 535 members of Congress, that he was the only one that did such a thing? Is Abramoff the only lobbyist peddling influence to the highest bidder? I don’t and neither do investigators who are said to be looking at about 6 members in the Abramoff case. It should be interesting to see how this all turns out.

As I mentioned earlier this is not just a Republican scandal either. According to the AP, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid was one of his biggest customers. If that is the case the media will not be able to cover for Reid. Let’s see if they try though.

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