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Abramoff Story Lives On

Just when it seemed that Washington had moved on to more recent scandals like the D.C. Madam trial or the indictment of Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.), an old chestnut -- the Jack Abramoff scandal -- has come back to life.

The tale of the disgraced lobbyist and his congressional partners in crime (some alleged, some convicted) had appeared to be dormant, until Colorado's open-seat Senate race returned it to the media radar. That contest pits Rep. Mark Udall (D) against ex-Rep. Bob Schaffer (R), and its Schaffer's alleged ties to Abramoff that have become a key issue in the campaign.

The Denver Post has written several stories on the Schaffer/Abramoff links, including a big piece this past Sunday suggesting that Schaffer helped Abramoff in 1999 by aiding the cause of some of the lobbyist's biggest clients at the time, garment manufacturers in the Northern Marianas Islands.

For his part, Schaffer told the Denver Post he "wasn't a part of anybody's strategy" or doing Abramoff's bidding during congressional hearings on the Marianas. The story is complicated and worth reading in full, and it's not clear whether this flare-up will really impact a Senate contest that is still seven months from Election Day.

But the interesting part to Capitol Briefing is how the Abramoff scandal is still managing to get its tentacles into new targets in 2008, more than four years after the story broke. And for what it's worth, the Justice Department appears to be still slogging along in its investigation of the Abramoff matter, meaning Schaffer may not be the last member under the microscope.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 14, 2008; 4:06 PM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules  
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If a politician did business with Abramoff they shouldn't be in office.


This is one lobbiest with whom's association almost immediately convicts you of guilt!

Posted by: JBE | April 14, 2008 6:25 PM | Report abuse

That issue of the Islands needs to be on the radar. They force women to work in slave-like conditions. There are also documented issues of forced prostitution, all under the guise of Tom Delay's buddy, Jimmy Tan.

Posted by: Shag | April 14, 2008 6:53 PM | Report abuse

I imagine the dems will bring it up during the general election. after all they are without sin, aren't they?

Posted by: dwight | April 14, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Abramoff is a fall guy. The whole story has not been told.

Posted by: Singing Senator | April 14, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Are any of our elected officials not operating outside the law? Seems that all our fine Federal Gov't can do is break various agreements, laws, promises. Hey how is it that its a crime to lie to Congress, but its not a crime for Congress to lie to us ? Tar and feathers might be looking better.

Posted by: David Crosby | April 14, 2008 10:25 PM | Report abuse

I want to know where the investigation of bribes by Abramoff of Cong. Ric Keller (R-Fl) and Cong. Tom Feeney (R-FL)are and when are these Republicans going to be censured by the Congressional Ethics Committee? Their constituents have a right to know about their crimes, and I hope their opponents bring all the dirt out from under the rug in the next six months and then, RUN THEM OUT OF OFFICE!

Posted by: JanisL | April 15, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

A two year-old "Republican" scandal barely makes a blip on the public radar and the MSM frets over it, yet these same worry-warts remember to bombard the public about the ten year-old "Democratic" scandal of sex in the White House on a nearly daily basis. Which of these two "scandals" carry the most influence on the daily lives of the majority of Americans? What is the responsibility of the MSM to this majority?

We live in interesting times.


Posted by: Jack McKinney | April 15, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Look, Abramoff was convicted by a jury of his peers. Saying he was the fall guy is silly. Others may well be involved but it was Abramoff's plans inside the US and in the Marianas that hit the fan and caused so many to be caught in the net of corruption. That Republican Washingtonians are caught in the cross fire is of their own doing when they said yes to the scammer and the scams. Few elected officials can keep clean with those sorts of bribes but when they accept the offer from a goof like Abramoff, THEY are just as guilty as he is. Nuff said!!!!! No excuses. Let the Republicans who always blab about accountability and morality step up and take their sentence and SHUT UP!!!!!

Posted by: Mari | April 15, 2008 10:57 PM | Report abuse

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