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Monday, April 11, 2005

 

NY Times: Tribes' casino money goes for questionable donations by lobbyist Abramoff

NY Times

Inquiries of Top Lobbyist Shine Unwelcome Light in Congress - By PHILIP SHENON - Published: April 11, 2005

WASHINGTON, April 10 - Jack Abramoff, one of Washington's most powerful and best-paid lobbyists, needed $100,000 in a hurry.

Mr. Abramoff, known to envious competitors as "Casino Jack" because of his multimillion-dollar lobbying fees from the gambling operations of American Indians, wrote to a Texas tribe in June 2002 to say that a member of Congress had "asked if we could help (as in cover) a Scotland golf trip for him and some staff" that summer. "The trip will be quite expensive," Mr. Abramoff said in the e-mail message, estimating that the bills "would be around $100K or more." He added that in 2000, "We did this for another member - you know who." Full story.

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