US Republican Party in prostitution and corruption scandals

This video from the USA is called ABC NEWS: Jack Abramoff and the White House.

By Tom Carter:

April was a not a good month for the Republican Party.

Two Congressional Republicans were forced to step down from their seats on powerful House committees amidst separate corruption and influence-peddling investigations—and may eventually lose their seats in Congress or go to jail—while the head of the US Agency for International Development, Randall Tobias, resigned from his post Monday after he was named as a client of a Washington DC call girl service.

While the mainstream media treats these affairs as largely isolated, abnormal incidents, a closer look at these scandals contributes to a portrait of truly rotten political superstructure, everywhere rife with corruption, nepotism, and lawlessness.

The crisis afflicting the middle layers of the Bush administration and the Republican Party reflects deepening political rifts and tensions presently wracking the entire American political establishment.

The “DC Madam

On Monday, Bush administration’s foremost opponent of prostitution, Randall Tobias, resigned after he was named as a client of an alleged DC-area prostitution service, called variously the Pamela Martin Escort Service or Pamela Martin & Associates.

He admitted that he paid for massages at his condo, but denied paying for anything more.

Tobias, the head of the Agency for International Development and former vice-chairman of AT&T, has been known to refuse foreign aid to countries that do not do enough to crack down on prostitution.

In his capacity as Director of Foreign Assistance, Tobias was also known for promoting sexual abstinence, as opposed to condoms, as a means of combating HIV/AIDS.

Republican Congressman John T. Doolittle and the Abramoff scandal: here.

Update October 2007, here.

Abramoff Met Bush at Least 6 Times, House Panel Confirms: here.

Women sold into prostitution in Australia: here; see also here.

3 thoughts on “US Republican Party in prostitution and corruption scandals

  1. Former House aide pleads guilty in lobby scandal

    Posted by: “Jack”

    Mon Jun 2, 2008 6:49 pm (PDT)

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch….

    Former House aide pleads guilty in lobby scandal

    Associated Press Writer
    Mon Jun 2, 6:07 PM ET

    A one-time top aide to former Oklahoma Rep. Ernest Istook pleaded guilty Monday to a conspiracy to defraud the House as part of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.

    John Albaugh admitted in federal court in Washington that he accepted meals and sports and concert tickets, along with other perks, from lobbyists in exchange for official favors.

    Albaugh, 41, is the latest in a string of more than a dozen former government officials and lobbyists to plead guilty in the scandal involving members of Congress, their aides and Bush administration officials. He faces 18 to 24 months in prison, but that sentence could be reduced based on his continued cooperation with the government’s investigation.

    “Mr. Albaugh decided to accept the government’s proposal and move on with his life,” his attorney Jeffrey Jacobovitz said after the hearing before U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle. “He deeply regrets and accepts full responsibility for his involvement in these matters and their impact upon his family and the community.”

    During the eight years Albaugh worked as chief of staff to Istook, the congressman accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Abramoff and his associates. Istook has not been charged with any wrongdoing and is now a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.

    Istook said Monday he was “as surprised and as shocked as anyone” at the case.

    “I have not seen the charges and I have no information about them,” Istook told The Associated Press. “I have met with the FBI. They did not share any details about the case, but they told me I am not a target of their investigation. I will continue to cooperate fully.”

    Referred to as “Representative 4” in court documents, Istook used the lobbyist’s skybox tickets for concerts. He later donated the campaign money to charity and paid for the seats.

    Abramoff has pleaded guilty to bribing lawmakers to support policies that helped his clients, including American Indian tribes.

    Istook was among 33 lawmakers who accepted Abramoff-related money and wrote letters urging the Bush administration to reject a casino proposal that Abramoff’s clients opposed. He has said the letter was consistent with his position against gambling and unrelated to the campaign contributions.

    Court documents depict Albaugh acting in close contact with “Lobbyist C,” asking him for sports tickets, fundraisers for his boss and other favors. In return Lobbyist C, identified as a co-conspirator, gets help with money for transportation projects for his clients.

    Albaugh was in a position to help while Istook served as chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, treasury and independent agencies.

    Lobbyist C is not identified by name, but details in the documents make clear that it is Kevin Ring, a one-time aide to Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., who later went to work for Abramoff.

    Messages were left seeking comment at Albaugh’s office Friday. There was no immediate response from Ring’s attorney.

    Ring and Doolittle both are under investigation in the Abramoff probe. Doolittle is retiring from Congress at the end of this year, partly because of the investigation.

    Court documents describe a series of e-mails in 2002 in which Ring told Albaugh, “You are going to eat free off of our clients.”

    The documents also allege that Istook called Abramoff in 2003 to thank him in advance for use of one of Abramoff’s suites at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., for a fundraising event. During the call, the government alleges, Istook asked Abramoff which projects his clients wanted in the upcoming transportation bill.

    The documents refer to an e-mail Abramoff sent to his lobby colleagues saying Istook “had basically asked what we want in the transportation bill,” and instructing the lobbyists to “make sure we load up our entire Christmas list.”

    The documents allege that four of Lobbyist C’s clients later received at least $1 million each in the transportation bill.

    Abramoff is serving prison time for a fraudulent Florida casino deal and is still awaiting sentencing in his scheme to bribe public officials in Washington. As part of his plea deal, he agreed to become a witness against the Washington power-brokers he once treated to lavish meals, golf vacations and money.

    Though Istook’s congressional campaign had to repay one of Abramoff’s companies for the use of skyboxes for an “American Idol” concert and a Washington Redskins football game, he has repeatedly denied any ties to the disgraced lobbyist.


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