Harry Reid accepted free boxing tickets
from the Nevada Athletic Commission says John Solomon of the AP. Solomon implies that Reid might have gotten himself into an ethical dilemma as the NAC
opposes the creation of a federal boxing commission, something the Senate was considering at the time
. The article also tosses in some digs at Reid by repeating the claim that Reid is involved in the Abramoff scandal
However, Media Matters points out
that Reid did not act in the NAC's favor and instead allowed the passage of legislation that would create a federal commission, in opposition to the giftgiver's wishes. This is not
the first time
Solomon has attacked Reid. Politics/News-filter
posted by papakwanz
on May 31, 2006 -
My Dinner With Jack.
"Three years ago, I had dinner with now the now infamous lobbyist Jack Abramoff (really). I sat down at his now infamous restaurant Signatures, he told me and amazing and wildly improbable story about how he made Red Scorpion and I never heard from him again.
[via mefi projects]
posted by delmoi
on Mar 28, 2006 -
Abramoff says Bush is lying. "Having my picture taken with someone doesn't mean that I'm a friend with them or know them very well."
- George W. Bush, Jan. 26, 2006
"The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows."
- Jack Abramoff
Mr. Abramoff, who raised over $100,000 for the Bush campaign, also indicated that he was sent a personal invitation to stay at the President's Texas ranch.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Feb 10, 2006 -
When George Met Jack
As details poured out about the illegal and unseemly activities of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, White House officials sought to portray the scandal as a Capitol Hill affair with little relevance to them..."The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him," McClellan said....The President's memory may soon be unhappily refreshed. TIME has seen five photographs of Abramoff and the President that suggest a level of contact between them that Bush's aides have downplayed.
posted by Postroad
on Jan 22, 2006 -
The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail
The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization, was funded almost entirely by corporations linked to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group.
posted by Postroad
on Dec 31, 2005 -
is negotiating a possible deal with the Justice Department, in which he would agree to plead guilty and cooperate in the wide-ranging political corruption investigation focused on his dealings with members of Congress and executive branch officials, people familiar with the talks said last night.
in the Wikipedia. WaPo's chart
outlining Abramoff's dealings. A dKos diary
pointing out some omissions in the chart. [Newsfilter]
posted by darkstar
on Dec 21, 2005 -
The Pimping of the President
--Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist Billing Clients for Face Time with G.W. Bush: ...He had just concluded his work on the Bush Transition Team as an advisor to the Department of the Interior. He had sent his personal assistant Susan Ralston to the White House to work as Rove’s personal assistant. He was a close friend, advisor, and high-dollar fundraiser for the most powerful man in Congress, Tom DeLay. Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. ... Jack Abramoff,
in the news due to his shady dealings with DeLay, and Grover Norquist
, and the White House. Norquist has not responded to inquiries about using the White House as a fundraiser.
posted by amberglow
on Jun 3, 2005 -