Skip to comments.Abramoff Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate (20 Congressmembers Under Investigation!)
Posted on 01/03/2006 3:42:41 PM PST by CarlEOlsoniii
Once-powerful lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, agreeing to cooperate in an influence-peddling investigation that threatens powerful members of Congress.
In a heavily scripted court appearance, Abramoff agreed with U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle when she said he had engaged in a conspiracy involving "corruption of public officials." The lobbyist also agreed when she said he and others had engaged in a scheme to provide campaign contributions, trips and other items "in exchange for certain official acts."
"Words will not ever be able to express my sorrow and my profound regret for all my actions and mistakes," Abramoff said, addressing the judge. "I hope I can merit forgiveness from the Almighty and those I've wronged or caused to suffer."
To each of the three charges, Abramoff said, "I plead guilty, your honor." Huvelle and lawyers in the case referred to restitution possibly reaching $25 million in the case. As is typically the case in such pleadings, what happened in the courtroom Tuesday was arranged in advance between lawyers for the defendant and the prosecutors.
Abramoff faces 30 years in prison, and he will cooperate with federal prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation that is believed to be focusing on as many as 20 members of Congress and aides.
Abramoff's travels with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay are already under criminal investigation. The lobbyist's interactions with the Texas Republican's congressional office frequently came around the time of campaign donations, golf outings or other trips provided or arranged by Abramoff for DeLay and other lawmakers. In all, DeLay received at least $57,000 in political contributions from Abramoff, his lobbying associates or his tribal clients between 2001 and 2004.
Court papers released Tuesday also detailed lavish gifts and contributions that Abramoff gave an unnamed House member, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, in return for Ney's agreement to use his office to aid Abramoff clients.
Ney's lawyer, Mark Tuohey, said Tuesday that the charges against Abramoff were "nothing new." He said they repeated information in the November plea agreement from Abramoff's lobbying partner, Michael Scanlon.
Abramoff also was expected to plead guilty in Florida to two of the six charges in a federal indictment, according to his lawyer there, Neal Sonnett. A change of plea hearing has been scheduled in Miami for Wednesday afternoon, Justice officials said.
Prosecutors say Abramoff and Scanlon conspired to defraud Indian tribes in Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Texas of millions of dollars. Abramoff reaped roughly $20 million in hidden profits from the scheme, according to the information. Scanlon pleaded guilty in November.
So who are the other 18?
And a pox on both their houses.
Probably all Democrats since the article doesn't mention them.
I can hear the shredders running full-tilt-boogie.
could it be one of these
* Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) Received At Least $22,500
* Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) Received At Least $6,500
* Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) Received At Least $1,250
* Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) Received At Least $2,000
* Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Received At Least $20,250
* Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Received At Least $21,765
* Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) Received At Least $7,500
* Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Received At Least $12,950
* Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) Received At Least $8,000
* Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ) Received At Least $7,500
* Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) Received At Least $14,792
* Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) Received At Least $79,300
* Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Received At Least $14,000
* Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Received At Least $2,000
* Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) Received At Least $1,250
* Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Received At Least $45,750
* Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Received At Least $9,000
* Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) Received At Least $2,000
* Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) Received At Least $14,250
* Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) Received At Least $3,300
* Senator John Kerry (D-MA) Received At Least $98,550
* Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Received At Least $28,000
* Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) Received At Least $4,000
* Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) Received At Least $6,000
* Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) Received At Least $29,830
* Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Received At Least $14,891
* Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Received At Least $10,550
* Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Received At Least $78,991
* Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Received At Least $20,168
* Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Received At Least $5,200
* Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) Received At Least $7,500
* Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) Received At Least $2,300
* Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Received At Least $3,500
* Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) Received At Least $68,941
* Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) Received At Least $4,000
* Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) Received At Least $4,500
* Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) Received At Least $4,300
* Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Received At Least $29,550
* Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Received At Least $6,250
* Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Received At Least $6,250
Here's a list of the rats
11 posted on 01/03/2006 4:00:29 PM CST by mystery-ak (End Freepathons, become a monthly donor...)
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You're GOOD! Thanks for that list. What I dread is the next list of the R's that took from him! Ick!
12 posted on 01/03/2006 4:03:30 PM CST by LUV W (Everyone that doesn't like what America and President Bush has done for Iraq can all go to HELL.-BD)
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To: LUV W
Abramoff Lobbying & Political Contributions to Democrats,
per FEC Records
# # # # #
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $423,480
Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte $354,700
Democratic National Cmte $65,720
Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) $42,500
Patty Murray (D-Wash) $40,980
Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) $36,000
Harry Reid (D-Nev) $30,500
Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) $28,000
Tom Daschle (D-SD) $26,500
Democratic Party of Michigan $23,000
Brad R. Carson (D-Okla) $20,600
Dale E. Kildee (D-Mich) $19,000
Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md) $17,500
Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) $15,500
Democratic Party of Oklahoma $15,000
Chris John (D-La) $15,000
John Breaux (D-La) $13,750
Frank Pallone, Jr (D-NJ) $13,600
Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo) $12,000
Mary L. Landrieu (D-La) $11,500
Barney Frank (D-Mass) $11,100
Max Baucus (D-Mont) $11,000
Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) $10,000
Democratic Party of North Dakota $10,000
Nick Rahall (D-WVa) $10,000
Democratic Party of South Dakota $9,500
Democratic Party of Minnesota $9,000
Ron Kind (D-Wis) $9,000
Peter Deutsch (D-Fla) $8,500
Joe Baca (D-Calif) $8,000
Dick Durbin (D-Ill) $8,000
Xavier Becerra (D-Calif) $7,523
Tim Johnson (D-SD) $7,250
Democratic Party of New Mexico $6,250
Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) $6,000
David E. Bonior (D-Mich) $5,000
Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ) $5,000
Democratic Party of Montana $5,000
Fritz Hollings (D-SC) $5,000
Jay Inslee (D-Wash) $5,000
Thomas P. Keefe Jr. (D-Wash) $5,000
Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md) $5,000
Deborah Ann Stabenow (D-Mich) $5,000
Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) $4,500
Tom Carper (D-Del) $4,000
Kent Conrad (D-ND) $4,000
Jerry Kleczka (D-Wis) $4,000
Sander Levin (D-Mich) $4,000
Robert T. Matsui (D-Calif) $4,000
George Miller (D-Calif) $4,000
Kalyn Cherie Free (D-Okla) $3,500
James L. Oberstar (D-Minn) $3,500
Charles J. Melancon (D-La) $3,100
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) $3,000
Cal Dooley (D-Calif) $3,000
John B. Larson (D-Conn) $3,000
David R. Obey (D-Wis) $3,000
Ed Pastor (D-Ariz) $3,000
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) $3,000
Richard M. Romero (D-NM) $3,000
Brad Sherman (D-Calif) $3,000
Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss) $3,000
Max Cleland (D-Ga) $2,500
Grace Napolitano (D-Calif) $2,500
Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif) $2,500
Bill Luther (D-Minn) $2,250
Gene Taylor (D-Miss) $2,250
Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) $2,000
Ken Bentsen (D-Texas) $2,000
Dan Boren (D-Okla) $2,000
Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn) $2,000
John D. Dingell (D-Mich) $2,000
Doug Dodd (D-Okla) $2,000
Ned Doucet (D-La) $2,000
Lane Evans (D-Ill) $2,000
Sam Farr (D-Calif) $2,000
John Neely Kennedy (D-La) $2,000
Carl Levin (D-Mich) $2,000
Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) $2,000
Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) $2,000
Robert Menendez (D-NJ) $2,000
Adam Schiff (D-Calif) $2,000
Ronnie Shows (D-Miss) $2,000
Adam Smith (D-Wash) $2,000
Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif) $2,000
Mike Thompson (D-Calif) $2,000
Maxine Waters (D-Calif) $2,000
Peter DeFazio (D-Ore) $1,500
Norm Dicks (D-Wash) $1,500
John Kerry (D-Mass) $1,400
Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) $1,000
Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif) $1,000
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) $1,000
Jim Costa (D-Calif) $1,000
Susan A. Davis (D-Calif) $1,000
Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) $1,000
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) $1,000
Tim Holden (D-Pa) $1,000
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) $1,000
Joe Lieberman (D-Conn) $1,000
Jim Maloney (D-Conn) $1,000
David Phelps (D-Ill) $1,000
Charles S. Robb (D-Va) $1,000
Brian David Schweitzer (D-Mont) $1,000
Pete Stark (D-Calif) $1,000
Gloria Tristani (D-NM) $1,000
Derrick B. Watchman (D-Ariz) $1,000
Rick Weiland (D-SD) $1,000
Paul Wellstone (D-Minn) $1,000
Ron Wyden (D-Ore) $1,000
Bob Borski (D-Pa) $720
Shelley Berkley (D-Nev) $500
Howard L. Berman (D-Calif) $500
Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) $500
Democratic Party of Washington $500
Barbara Lee (D-Calif) $500
Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif) $500
Grand Total $1,541,673
Posted by TAB
Abramoff makes plea deal, will cooperate
Fun Fun Fun!!!
Thanks for the listing.
After the miners' story, Dan Abram moved on to Abramoff with a link to Norah O'Donell - the woman was almost salivating!
The dems will have a field day with this one.
I almost used the link, but thought the list had greater impact....I would like to see the Repub list..sigh!
Good list. Is there one of the R's, too, so I can have that ready when I battle the libs in the office?
This makes good reading, but I would like to see the comparable list of Republicans in order to assess what kind of mess we are in!
I wondered why the office rats were so quiet today...
Bookmark - looking for the R's
I haven't found a Repub list yet.....I'm sure there is one....
Yes the list is very good. I didn't see your post until after I posted the link... But the link has other info also so maybe they'll check it out.
It'll be funny showing them that list, and then getting the inevitable "Oh yeah, well there were more Republicans!" As if having more Republicans on the list negates the Dems' crimes.
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