USA: Republican party corruption scandals worse than thought


US politician Tom DeLay, cartoon

On the Abramoff affair:

Corruption scandal threatens Republican control of US Congress

By Patrick Martin

29 November 2005

Michael Scanlon, a Republican political operative, publicist and former press spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, pled guilty November 21 to conspiring with lobbyist Jack Abramoff to bribe a Republican congressman and cheat several American Indian tribes out of tens of millions of dollars.

Scanlon’s guilty plea—and even more his agreement to cooperate fully with federal prosecutors and testify against former colleagues—has sent a chill through Republican ranks and raised the prospect of numerous indictments, convictions and jail terms for congressmen and congressional staffers as well as Bush administration officials involved in the rampant corruption of official Washington.

By the end of last week, there were press reports that at least four Republican legislators and 17 staffers and former staffers were the targets of the Justice Department investigation into the Abramoff affair.

The Wall Street Journal named DeLay, Congressman Robert Ney of Ohio, Congressman John Doolittle of California, and Senator Conrad Burns of Montana as targets, as well as several former Bush administration officials.

The Washington Post reported that prosecutors had informed Congressman Ney that he was the subject of a bribery investigation and added that the wives of DeLay and Doolittle had also been linked to Abramoff’s influence-peddling schemes.

The Abramoff affair could have much wider implications.

A reporter for BusinessWeek, on a television interview program, said that his Justice Department sources had told him that as many as 60 congressmen could be implicated in the bribery scandal—far more than enough to threaten control over the House of Representatives, where the Republican majority is 231-202, with one independent.

Read more here.

Abramoff scandal and Ralph Reed: here.

Well, it seems that Congressman Doolittle at least is not Congressman Doonothing … though far from doing the right thing.

On the MZM-Congressman Duke Cunningham scandal: see here; and here; and here.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting scandal: here.

Tom DeLay update: here.

6 thoughts on “USA: Republican party corruption scandals worse than thought

  1. Fri, 28 Apr 2006 18:56:26 -0400
    From: hapi22
    Subject: ABC News: Limbaugh arrested on prescription fraud charges*

    Another “moral values” Republican gets arrested.

    Oh, gee, where is my list of Republicans arrested on account of their
    “moral values”? It’s here somewhere … and it’s very long.

    Most of them sailed into Bill Clinton a few years ago but, as it turned
    out, the loudest screamers and moaners (“What will we tell the
    children?”) turned out to have some pretty hot morals problems of their
    own.

    Yes, it’s the fat Rush Limbaugh getting arrested this time, again.

    BTW, a spokesperson for Porter Goss has denied he was ever at the
    Watergate prostitute parties put on by Republican lobbyists, but the
    spokesperson has to “get back” to Talking Points Memo about the question
    of all the other locations where the Republican lobbyists ran prostitute
    parties for the Republican legislators.

    I think one of my “favorite” sanctimonious Republican hypocrites has to
    be Bill “I can’t stop gambling even though I’ve lost seven million
    dollars” Bennett.

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    ABC News: Limbaugh arrested on prescription fraud charges*

    by Josh Marshall
    Talking Points memo
    April 28, 2006

    >

    Read this WITH LINKS at:
    http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/008328.php

    Read the full story of Rush’s arrest at:
    http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/14455252.htm

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  2. From: “hapi22” hapi22@earthlink.net
    Date: Thu May 18, 2006 0:40pm(PDT)
    Subject: *Rudy …Rudy … Rudy … have you NO shame at long last?*

    How many wives can a Republican have before he begins to be NOT
    presidential material?

    Rudy Giuliani is on his THIRD wife not including two long-term
    “girlfriends” — and BOTH of Rudy’s ex-wives are alive and well.

    Rudy just got tired of his wives.

    Even though he claims to be a devout Catholic.

    Now, Rudy is even endorsing the nefarious Ralph Reed who is deeply mired
    in the Jack Abramoff scandal — including ripping off the Indian tribes
    who were Jack Abramoff’s clients.

    Rudy and Ralph, perfect together — both scum.

    I wonder if, as the former Christian Coalition political leader, Ralphie
    Reed knows Rudy Baby is pro-gays, pro-abortion, pro-divorce
    etc…etc…etc.

    Maybe Ralph and Rudy are so crazed to be something big in life they
    don’t care who they hang out with.

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    *Rudy …Rudy … Rudy … have you NO shame at long last?*

    by Josh Marshall
    Talking Points Memo
    May 18, 2006

    Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor considered a potential 2008
    candidate for president, headlined a fundraiser Thursday for former
    Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed in his run for Georgia lieutenant
    governor.
    The two politicians were effusive in their praise for one another as
    they entered the Atlanta fundraiser just before noon.

    “I just want to say I believe Rudy Giuliani is one of the finest leaders
    in not only the Republican Party but in either party,” Reed said.

    Giuliani responded: “We’re here to get you elected. It would be a great
    thing for Georgia.”>>

    Read this at: http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/008502.php

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  3. From: “hapi22” hapi22@earthlink.net
    Date: Thu May 18, 2006 8:28pm(PDT)
    Subject: *It is NOT up to Gen. Hayden to “tell” us what is “lawful”*

    I am not going to go into a long harangue here but when Gen. Hayden
    tells us that he and his agency’s lawyers have decided that what they
    are doing with their warrantless wiretapping and data-mining of all our
    phone calls since 9/11 is “lawful,” it is CLEAR to me that Gen. Hayden
    does not know one damn thing about our Constitution.

    Ever since the English barons forced King John to sign the Magna Carta
    in 1215, the concept of one person deciding what is legal and what is
    not has been dead in the English-speaking world.

    All of our Founders and the framers of our Constitution (with the
    exception of Alexander Hamilton and, maybe, one other) considered
    themselves Englishmen. The law they studied was English law. The history
    they knew was English history. They knew of the many brave people who
    had fought and sacrificed for hundreds of years to gain and, then,
    preserve precious rights. Our Founding Fathers were not about to put the
    sole power to decide what was legal and what was not into the hands of a
    single person OR even a single branch of government. That is WHY they
    devised the government we have today: to provide for checks and
    balances. Congress would enact the laws; the president would execute the
    laws (that’s why he’s the Executive Branch of our government); and the
    judicial power of the United States would be invested in the Supreme
    Court. Ever since Marbury v. Madison was decided in 1803 (just four
    years after our Constitution became the supreme law of the land), it has
    been accepted in this country that the Supreme Court — — NOT some
    little twit in charge of some agency (such as Gen. Hayden) — would
    decide what was Constitutional and what was not.

    To sum up, it is NOT up to Gen. Hayden to “tell” us that everything he
    is doing is “lawful.” The Constitutionality of what the NSA and the
    Bushites are doing must be tested in the courts.

    Do NOT accept Gen. Hayden’s word for this; he is an idiot. I wouldn’t
    trust him to decide when apples are ripe much less what actions of his
    are Constitutional or even “lawful,” as he so “quaintly” puts it.

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    Message 8
    From: “rondea@juno.com” rondea@juno.com
    Date: Thu May 18, 2006 10:24pm(PDT)
    Subject: Mark Morford – 9 Things to be Happy about

    Pretty good. I would have changed some but still pretty good and you can make it ten (or 15):
    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/gate/archive/2006/05/17/notes051706.DTL&nl=fix

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    Nine Things To Be Happy About

    Bush, bird flu, iPod mania, Stephen Colbert, big hairy dogs and the best CD of the year

    By Mark Morford
    SF Gate Columnist

    Balm for your tormented soul. Reasons not to off yourself with a handful of whip-its and a bottle of Maker’s Mark while reciting Yeats’ “Sailing to Byzantium” just yet. Feel free to add your own:

    1) Bush at 31 percent and falling fast
    The apocalypse is yawning and going back to bed. The man can do no right. Dubya’s inept policies and slew of appalling deceits are coming back to bite him faster than perhaps any president in history. Oh sure, he’s still inflicting huge damage, rigging the Supreme Court and yearning to nuke Iran and getting away with murder (over 750 “signing statements” allowing him to ignore any new law he doesn’t like? That’s just grotesque). But even staunch Repubs are leaping from Bush’s deadly Poseidon adventure, fearing disastrous fallout this November. Bush is officially in the running for the title of Worst President in History (and so, oddly, is Dick Cheney). He is certainly one of the most unpopular. Isn’t poetic justice delightful?

    2) iPods at 50 million and growing fast
    Who single-handedly forced the malicious RIAA and the entire lunkheaded music biz to overhaul its musty business model, to get off its overcharging butt and enter the 21st century? Thank Apple. It took Sony 15 years to ship as many Walkmans as Apple has moved iPods in five. The iPod is the must-have tech icon of this generation, and innovation-happy Apple deserves it. Downside: mediocre audio quality, lamentable disposability. Upside: Infinite mixes. Stylish industrial design. An entire universe of delirious accessories. Steve Jobs finally smacks Bill Gates upside the head.

    3) Gas at $3.50 and rising fast
    Oh, I know, it’s hateful. It’s painful. It costs 40 bucks to fill a Tercel, nearly $100 to fill that bloated Chevy Tahoe. But it’s making us more aware. And by all accounts, America only responds and behaviors will only change when faced with ugly crises, especially those that maul our wallets. Sure, oil companies are raking in record profits. Man-snakes like this guy are gloating like hogs and sucking entire universes of gross profit through their enlarged prostates. So what? We the ostensible First World moral trendsetters are long past due to kick-start a change in our energy gluttony. Bonus: biodiesel, hybrids, ethanol discussions on the rise. None is a viable alternative at scale, but all are excellent starting points. Also: Mopeds could become cool again.

    4) The return of intelligent satire
    Seven years ago, Jon Stewart flew down from snark heaven and remade a cutesy gossipy late-night talk show on Comedy Central into an unexpectedly vibrant, whip-smart political satire machine that would make H.L. Mencken and Lenny Bruce and Mark Twain proud. Intelligent, savage jokes about energy policy? NSA directors? The EPA? And it’s a smash hit?

    Who woulda thunk?

    And now, Stephen Colbert has kicked it to the next level, has faced down the devil himself at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner and flinched not a whit as he hammered the bumbling leader of the Free World with enough wry, delicious venom to satisfy a whole army of beleaguered liberals. Numb media pundits fell all over themselves trying to brush off Colbert’s brilliant attack on Bush as awkward and inappropriate. Translation: Colbert nailed it. A good day for smart people everywhere. (If you still haven’t seen the clips, check iTunes).

    5) Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere
    A deliciously weird and sonically wondrous hybrid of R&B and hip-hop (which I can normally tolerate only in very small doses), techno, dance, soul, Britpop and about a dozen other styles you can only briefly identify as they wing on by and tickle your ears like a 6-foot-5 mulatto French prostitute with a rainbow feather duster. It’s the new CD by wunderkind producer Danger Mouse and Goodie Mob singer Cee-Lo. There is nothing else like this anywhere. You hear hints of Tricky? Wisps of old Terence Trent D’Arby? Of Al Green and Outkast and Aphex Twin? Sure. But it’s more than that. This is what they play in the nightclubs in heaven’s porn district. Could be the best CD of the year. Listen to it 20 times in a row and you will hear something fresh every single time. Try that with Snow Patrol.

    Runner-up: Wolfmother. Funky fuzzy retro Sabbath-y wailing and epic cheeseball lyrics and thunderous drums and a giant white-guy ‘fro. Viva the Aussie power trio. “White Unicorn” should be on every Top 10 Songs of ’06 list in existence.

    6) Mark Nason
    You know what women enjoy far too much and men don’t partake of nearly enough? No, not crying. Not “Grey’s Anatomy.” Shoes. Shoes and boots. Here is men’s salvation. Mark Nason is a new designer who specializes in boots. But not just any boots — badass premium ultra-chic rock ‘n’ roll boots with hot leathers and scratchy discolorations and subtle dragon tattoos and cool zippers and impressive fit and finish and most of them are for men (though his new Siren line for women is gorgeous, too). This is what you wear to nightclubs in heaven’s porn district (see No. 5). The sooner American men get the hell away from the racks of Merrills and Nikes and shun the army of waxy tasseled loafers in the Nordstrom dress-shoe department, the better. Rock Never Dies.

    7) Organics hit the big time
    Organic Kellogg’s Rice Krispies? Organic Kraft mac ‘n’ cheese? It’s happening. Giant foodcos, smelling profit, are catching the organic wave.

    And it’s a massive mixed blessing. Even Wal-Mart, the world’s biggest and most hideous retailer, is readying a huge move into organics, which will instantly revolutionize the entire movement. Upside: a massive reduction in pesticides, chemical fertilizers and antibiotics in mass-produced foods. Downside: Diluted organic standards via the pathetic USDA means giant agricorps (and Wal-Mart) get to completely ignore the other two vital legs of the organic movement: sustainability and buying local. Then again, one for three ain’t bad. Is it?

    Continue go here: (
    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/gate/archive/2006/05/17/notes051706.DTL&nl=fix )
    Or here: ( http://thisandthatat.blogspot.com/ )

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  4. *Safavian found guilty for covering up Abramoff ties*
    Posted by: “hapi22” hapi22@earthlink.net robinsegg
    Date: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:18 am (PDT)

    Guilty.

    David Safavian has been found GUILTY.

    >

    .
    Now, here’s the point Every time any media person mentioned the money
    found in Rep. William Jefferson’s freezer, the media person NEVER
    neglected to mention that Jefferson is a Democrat.

    As if to “prove” that the Republican and Democratic corruption scandals
    have some equivalency.

    They do not.

    Jefferson took $90,00- in bribes …. REPUBLICAN Rep. “Duke” Cunningham
    took MILLIONS of dollars in bribes … and we are just getting started
    with the trials of the Republican crooks.

    I hope everyone who reads this will write or phone any media outlet or
    media person who NEGLECTS to mention the fact that David Safavian is a
    REPUBLICAN ….worked at the Bush White House … and before that was a
    top aide to the corrupt jack Abramoff, also a REPUBLICAN.

    Show some oomph.

    Show some muscle.
    .

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    *Official found guilty for covering up Abramoff ties*

    Safavian was chief of staff at the General Services Administration

    The Associated Press
    June 20, 2006

    >

    Read this at:
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/06/20/lobbyist.probe.ap/index.html

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  5. Tom DeLay Explains How His Adultery Was Different Than Newt’s
    Posted by: “bigraccoon” bigraccoon@earthlink.net redwoodsaurus
    Wed May 30, 2007 5:54 pm (PST)

    DeLay Explains How His Adultery
    Was Different Than Gingrich’s

    The New Yorker | Jeffrey Goldberg | May 29, 2007

    In his new book,Tom DeLay criticizes Newt Gingrich for, among other things, conducting an affair with a Capitol Hill employee during the 1998 impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. (The woman later became Gingrich’s third wife.) “Yes, I don’t think that Newt could set a high moral standard, a high moral tone, during that moment,” DeLay said. “You can’t do that if you’re keeping secrets about your own adulterous affairs.”

    He added that the impeachment trial was another of his “proudest moments.” The difference between his own adultery and Gingrich’s, he said, “is that I was no longer committing adultery by that time, the impeachment trial.

    There’s a big difference.” He added, “Also, I had returned to Christ and repented my sins by that time.”

    Read the entire article here

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/06/04/070604fa_fact_goldberg?printable=true

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2007/05/29/delay-explains-how-his-ad_n_49824.html

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