Another Hill Staffer Caught in Abramoff Net
It has been more than four years since The Post first reported on the questionable activities of now-disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. The indictments are still coming.
In the latest case, John C. Albaugh, a former chief of staff to a senior GOP lawmaker, has pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit fraud by accepting gifts from Abramoff in exchange for helping lobbyists and their clients. He is one of more than a dozen officials, lobbyists and legislative aides to be convicted in the sprawling scandal, which is still under investigation by the Justice Department.
Albaugh's lawyer said that he "deeply regrets and accepts full responsibility" for his actions. He was chief of staff to then-Rep. Ernest Istook of Oklahoma, who was once chairman of the House Appropriations transportation subcommittee.
Istook is now a fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Court documents filed in the case of his former chief of staff show that Abramoff and his clients donated $29,000 to Istook's campaigns. Abramoff claimed in an email to his clients that in a phone call Istook "basically asked what we want in the Transportation Bill."
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