Republicans Call for Bush to Release Abramoff Connections
30 January 2006. Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) have called for President Bush to release information regarding White House contact with embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff. And a Washington Post/ABC poll released Saturday suggests three-quarters of Americans agree.
Rep. Ney Temporarily Relinquishes Chairmanship
16 January 2006. Rep. Robert Ney (R-OH) temporarily stepped aside as chair of the House Administration Committee, which oversees federal elections, campaign contributions and member travel; the Committee would oversee proposed lobbying reform legislation. Ney has been implicated in the Jack Abramoff scandal.
Americans Believe Congress Corrupt
10 January 2006. A new Washington Post-ABC poll suggests that most Americans (58 percent) believe that the Jack Abramoff affair reflects "widespread corruption in Washington." The President is not immune: 52 percent disapprove of how Bush is handling ethics in government.
Abramoff Net Snares Media, Highlights Op-Ed
10 January 2006. From paid opinion pieces for major newspaper editorial pages to payoffs to a Congressional aide spouse, the wide net around the activities of lobbyist Jack Abramoff has touched the nation's major media corporations. Edward Wasserman criticizes the editorial page custom of "don't ask about op-ed/column provenance" -- a practice Wasserman calls an "ethical brothel."
Bush Returns Abramoff Cash
5 January 2006. Foreign media are reporting that the Bush Campaign is among Republican campaign war chests divesting themselves of donations from embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy earlier this week in a Justice Department investigation as well as guilty in a separate federal case in Florida on Thursday.
Abramoff Pleads Guilty
3 January 2006. Abramoff, 47, pleads guilty to charges of mail fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy.
Cato Columnist Linked to Abramoff Resigns
22 December 2005. Doug Bandow, senior scholar at the libertarian Cato Institute, has resigned after it became public that he accepted payments from embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff in exchange for writing favorable columns.
Lobbyists, Congress and Corruption
The decision of former Tom DeLay aide Michael Scanlon (35) to plead guilty in a corruption case threatens to expose the nasty underbelly of money and politics. The politics of quid-pro-quo practiced by Scanlon and his partner Jack Abramoff appears to be the standard operating procedure of today's crop of Republican leaders and lobbyists.
Scanlon Turns State Evidence
20 November 2005. On Friday, former Tom DeLay aide Michael Scanlon was charged with conspiracy to defraud American Indian tribes and bribe gonvernment officials; his partner was Jack Abramoff, who was indicted in the spring on federal conspiracy, wire fraud and mail fraud charges.
Bush Procurement Officer Indicted
6 October 2005. David Safavian, General Services Administration (GSA) chief of staff from May 2002 - January 2004, "was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday on charges of lying and obstructing investigations into his 2002 golf outing to Scotland with lobbyist Jack Abramoff."
DeLay Indicted - Again; Ties to Abramoff Also Under Investigation
3 October 2005. The Washington Post reports that Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) has been indicted in Texas on two new charges, brought by a new grand jury on Monday. One count is conspiracy to commit money-laundering. DeLay is connected to Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist under investigation.
Experts: DeLay Likely Culpable
28 April 2005. Legal experts believe that privately paid trips abroad for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and family members means he is in "serious danger of being declared in violation of House ethics rules." In 2000, DeLay traveled to Europe on a ticket charged to the credit card of "Jack Abramoff, a registered Washington lobbyist who is under investigation.