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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Abramoff to Implicate Aderholt?

The press is reporting that former GOP super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has agreed to a plea deal with the Justice Department. Abramoff has been accused of giving perks and favors to members of Congress in exchange for favorable treatment of his lobbying interests. Under the deal Abramoff will cooperate with the investigation and presumably name names of those who cooperated with his illegal operations.

The AP article speculates that the Justice Department may be focusing on as many as 20 members of Congress and their aides. A few of the targets are already known (Rep. Tom Delay (R - TX), Sen Conrad Burns (R-MT), Rep Bob Ney (R-OH) and Rep John Doolittle (R-CA). So there could be another dozen members of Congress implicated in these scandals.

No members of the Alabama delegation have been publicly mentioned as targets of the investigation. The only Alabamian with any ties at all to the Abramoff scandal is Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville). Aderholt accepted a $1,000 contribution from Abramoff's law firm after he (Aderholt) signed a letter opposing Indian gaming in Louisiana. Abramoff's law firm represented Indian tribes with casinos and thus opposed other rival tribes expanding into the gaming business.

There doesn't seem to be any evidence that Aderholt was aware that his contributions were coming from representatives of Indian gaming. And it is certainly not out of character for Aderholt to oppose extensions of Indian casinos. But with the Abramoff debacle set to hit the fan, Robert Aderholt seems to be the Alabamian most closely connected to the now disgraced lobbyist. It's unlikely that their connections are close enough to endanger Aderholt's political standing, but keep an eye out for Aderholt's name once the investigation goes public.

Tomorrow: Bob Riley's connection to the Abramoff scandal.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

zac there is word that former Gov. Jim Folsom may run for lt. gov or gov. Do you have any news of this?

2:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to find out more about the Riley connection. It could deny him a second term.

6:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't sound like there's much of a "connection" to Riley. Keep dreaming, J. (or is this Roy himself posting today?)

7:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Don said...

Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Tuscaloosa, said Tuesday he returned a $1,000 donation from disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is at the center of a growing congressional scandal.
"The senator wants no part of what Mr. Abramoff has now acknowledged as his motives," said Shelby's spokeswoman, Katie Boyd.

8:50:00 AM  
Anonymous jessica said...

look, abramoff is a professional graft artist. that is what a lobbyist does. he probably ran a bunch of money through the boys and girls clubs and other alabama non profit agencies too. I wonder what his relationship with steve raby and giles perkins is?

10:23:00 AM  
Anonymous KissinJim said...

I'll bet John Giles is drinking heavily today!

12:06:00 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

I haven't heard anything new on Folsom's plans in a while. As far as I know he is still kicking around the idea of LG and maybe Gov too.

12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

siegelman benefitted from abramoff through eric hanson. dimes to donuts. any takers? I hope the feds pursue this.

3:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Eric Hanson? Please comment. It wouldn't surprise me if Siegelman is in this scandal somewhere.

7:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the real question is what will abramoff give up about alabama power, elmer harris, joe perkins, paul hamrick, don siegelman, and a few other stooges. the feds already know, its time for indictments on these goons and other utility thieves. you know who you are. we are coming.slowly, surely, canaries cant fly fast as the truth. jake horton is remembered.

12:00:00 AM  
Blogger The Alabama Moderate said...

Wasn't Abramoff also involved with the Christian Coalition of Alabama?

12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Collin said...

I don't know about the Christian Coalition of AL specifically, but I do know that Former Nat'l Christian Coalition head Ralph Reed has been implicated in some way in all this. By the way, Reed is running for Lt. Gov in GA, that should be interesting.

2:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In 2000, Abramoff forced the Choctaws to give the Alabama Christian Coalition$1.15 million in installments. Norquist agreed to pass the money on to the Coalition and another Alabama antigambling group, both of which Reed was mobilizing for the fight against a proposed Alabama state lottery."

Also, regarding this Aderholdt thing. Look for a familiar name to pop up: Bill Canary. Canary was his political consultant. Canary also ran Pryor's campaign with Rove in 98, Windom's campaign in 02 before folding in with Riley after the primary. He's also financially tied to one US Attorney, Alice Martin and Married to another, Leura of the Middle District.

A Bob Riley Bobble Head doll to anyone who can identify the one consistent theme between all of Canary's clients...Pryor, Martin, Leura Canary, Windom, and Riley.

8:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

abramoff to eric hanson to don siegelman/ala dem party...

10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Friend on the HIll says Washington Post in town asking for Rob Riley info. But, I'm sure there's nothing there. They probably just want to enjoy our January weather.

2:14:00 PM  
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