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Jack Abramoff, still a lovable sociopath

Posted by Charles II on January 9, 2012

Really. Who wouldn’t hire a guy with that simple aw shucks manner, a determination to deliver value for his clients, and 43 months experience in the penitentiary?

If you can watch the program, do. Abramoff makes a very good case that Washington is totally corrupt, and he has the receipts to prove it.

Posted in Jack Abramoff, The Plunderbund | 2 Comments »

Could This Be Why Dick Armey’s Suddenly Made Himself Scarce?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 23, 2009

Readers may recall that Dick Armey and his pharmaceutical-industry astroturfing outfit FreedomWorks have been at the forefront of the efforts to shut down the Democratic town halls held during the Congressional recess this month. But late last week, in what was seen as an apparent effort to remove himself as a polarizing figure for observers who noted his role in orchestrating the attacks on the town halls, he abruptly resigned from DLA Piper, a DC-based law and lobbying firm.

The timing is rather interesting, as two days ago Horace M. Cooper, who was one of Armey’s key staffers during his time as House Majority Leader, was indicted for his alleged part in the huge and ever-growing Abramoff scandal.

Now, the GOP/Media Complex’s members can be by and large trusted not to interrupt any TV appearances by Dick Armey with embarrassing questions about Jack Abramoff, but I still somehow doubt we’ll be seeing him on anything other than perhaps FOX News for the foreseeable future.

Posted in astroturf, corruption, health care, Jack Abramoff, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples | Comments Off on Could This Be Why Dick Armey’s Suddenly Made Himself Scarce?

Another ‘Victim’ of the Abramoff Probe

Posted by MEC on April 23, 2008

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A Justice Department official has been convicted on “a single conflict-of-interest charge” for accepting “meals, concert tickets and luxury seats at Redskins and Wizards games from a lobbyist while helping the lobbyist and his clients.”

Conflict of interest? Sounds like bribery to me, but it was a plea deal.

The lobbyist is Kevin Ring, who worked for Jack Abramoff and who also is under investigation.

Coughlin … accepted the gifts from 2001 to 2003 while working on legislative affairs for the Justice Department. He later became deputy chief of staff of the department’s criminal division – the same division handling the Abramoff probe – before he resigned a year ago, citing personal reasons.

This isn’t the end of the story:

As part of his plea, Coughlin agreed to cooperate in the ongoing investigation. He has already offered substantial information about Ring’s behavior, based on details in court papers, and the papers also refer to at least two other unnamed Justice Department officials who ate out on Ring’s dime.
 

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Coughlin’s cooperation is expected to be ongoing and [Judge] Huvelle did not set a sentencing date.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, corruption, Department of Injustice, Jack Abramoff | 1 Comment »

School for scoundrels

Posted by Charles II on January 26, 2008

College Republicans is getting a reputation as a training institute for crooks, liars, and sociopaths. The latest, via Johnny Wendell comes from Raw Story’s Michael Roston and Nick Juliano:

A former aide to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who also played a leadership role in Iowa’s College Republicans was arrested by Des Moines-area police earlier in the week on outstanding warrants related to his status as a convicted sex offender.


Matthew Joseph Elliott, aged 26, and identified in numerous accounts as Matt Elliott, was arrested on Jan. 21 for outstanding warrants relating to his registered sex offender status, according to the Polk County government website. The Iowa registry of sex offenders also shows that he was convicted of exploiting a minor and given a “low” risk assessment.


One wonders what influence was exerted to get him a low risk assessment.

A great deal will be made of Elliott’s ties to Mitt Romney, but those are in my opinion of far less interest than his prominent role in the College Republicans. 

Posted in GOP bullying, Jack Abramoff, Karl Rove, Republicans acting badly | 7 Comments »

Details of Siegelman persecution emerge

Posted by Charles II on December 18, 2007

Scott Horton of Harper’s and Larisa’s team at Raw Story are piecing together how and why Alabama Governor Don Siegelman became the highest ranking political prisoner held by the Bush regime. Here’s a graphic from Larisa’s story to lay out the general outlines of the conspiracy:

Scott Horton's layout of the conspiracy to jail Don Siegelman

Larisa:

[Bill] Canary's wife, Leura Canary, federalized [Alabama Attorney General William] Pryor's investigation [of Siegelman] in 2001, after President George W. Bush appointed her as US Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama. Closely tied to Pryor, whose campaign was advised by her husband, Canary also appointed the wife of the Attorney General's lawyer and close advisor, Christopher Weller, as her first assistant.

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Posted in Busheviks, corruption, Don Siegelman, Jack Abramoff, Karl Rove | 2 Comments »

Ah, Memories

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 26, 2007

From an article Atrios posted last night on Karl Rove’s using the GSA as an adjunct of the Republican Party:

Doan, a wealthy former government contractor who sold her company before taking over the GSA last May, has hired three law firms and two media relations companies at her own expense to handle inquiries from the federal investigators and the news media.

Ah, yes, the sickly-sweet smell of spin in the morning.

As for the GSA — that was where Abramoff buddy David Safavian was Bush’s Chief of Staff now, wasn’t it?

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Another One Bites the Dust

Posted by MEC on March 23, 2007

J. Steven Griles cops a plea.

The former No. 2 official in the U.S. Interior Department has agreed to plead guilty to lying to Congress about his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, officials familiar with the case said on Friday.
 

J. Steven Griles is the highest-ranking Bush administration official to face charges in the wide-ranging scandal. He was deputy secretary of the interior from 2001 to 2005.

Normally, a plea deal means that what he actually did is a lot worse than what he’s convicted of. But the following paragraph makes me say “Hmmmm” for a different reason.

The charge carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison. But under the plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to recommend to the judge that Griles get a 10-month sentence, of which at least five months can be served in home confinement, a law enforcement official said. The plea deal does not require Griles to cooperate in the Justice Department’s continuing Abramoff investigation, the official said.

Specifically, “He gets a minimal sentence and doesn’t have to cooperate with the investigation. And the prosecutor is one that Bush didn’t fire. Hmmmm.”

The Case of the Purged Prosecutors has tainted every action the Justice Department takes and put every surviving prosecutor under suspicion of bowing to political pressure. Going easy on a member of the Bush Administration does nothing to reduce that suspicion.

In case you don’t remember J. Steven Griles, he’s the Interior Department official who shared a million-dollar vacation home with a former prosecutor in the Justice Department’s environmental division and the top Washington lobbyist for ConocoPhillips.

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