Jack Abramoff Sentenced to 4 Years

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Once one of the biggest lobbyists in Washington, Jack Abramoff was just sentenced to 4 years in prison. Abramoff faced up to 11 years, but his sentence was reduced due to his continued cooperation in the probe into officials that received bribes from Abramoff. Abramoff was previously sentenced to 70 months for his part in the illegal acquisition of SunCruz Casinos in Florida.

Here’s a list to recap the Abramoff casualties, starting with those who either pleaded guilty or were found guilty:

Officials and Lobbyists Brought Down in Abramoff Scandal
Jack Abramoff Lobbyist, Preston Gates, Greenberg Traurig Convicted; Sentenced to 13 Years 4 Months
Michael Scanlon Former Comm. Director to Rep. Tom DeLay; Public Relations Executive Pleaded Guilty
Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) House of Representatives; Chair of Committee on House Administration Pleaded Guilty; Released from prison after serving 17 months
J. Steven Griles Deputy Secretary of the Interior Pleaded Guilty; Sentenced to 10 months in prison
Tony Rudy Deputy Chief of Staff to Rep. Tom DeLay; Lobbyist, Greenberg Traurig Pleaded Guilty
David Safavian General Services Administration, Chief of Staff; Office of Management and Budget, Top Procurement Officer Convicted; Sentenced to 18 months in prison; Judge ruled prosecution over-reached and suspended prison sentence
Neil Volz Chief of Staff to Rep. Bob Ney Pleaded Guilty
Italia Federici President of Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy Pleaded Guilty
Mark Zachares Aide to Rep. Don Young Pleaded Guilty
John Albaugh Chief of Staff to Rep. Ernie Istook Pleaded Guilty
Robert Carpenter Deputy Chief of Staff, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice Pleaded Guilty
Roger Stillwell Desk Officer in charge Marianas Islands, Department of Interior Pleaded Guilty
Adam Kidan Business Partner, SunCruz Casinos Pleaded Guilty; Sentenced to 5 years, ten months in prison
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) House of Representatives; Majority Leader Named in guilty pleas; Under investigation; Retired after the guilty plea of former staffer Tony Rudy
Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) House of Representatives Named in guilty pleas; Under investigation; Houses raided by FBI; Retiring this year
Former Rep. Ernie Istook (R-OK) House of Representatives Named in guilty pleas; Under investigation; No longer in Congress
Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL) House of Representatives Named in guilty pleas; Under investigation
Ed Buckham Chief of Staff to Rep. Tom DeLay; Lobbyist Named in guilty pleas; Under investigation
Kevin Ring Lobbyist, Greenberg Traurig Named in guilty pleas; Under investigation
Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) House of Representatives Linked to Abramoff scandal; Defeated in 2006 election; Since acknowledged not under investigation
Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) U.S. Senate Linked to Abramoff scandal; Defeated in 2006 election; Since acknowledged not under investigation
Ralph Reed Former head of Christian Coalition; Lobbyist Named repeatedly in reports of Abramoff’s Indian tribe swindles; Lost 2006 Lt. Gov. race; Reputation in tatters
Susan Ralston Special Assistant to the President; Deputy to Karl Rove Resigned her job; Sought immunity to testify before House committee; Justice Department still reviewing granting of immunity
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  • Yes, email records can be useful, but already corrupt officials are avoiding email for certain “conversations” — so it is not a panacea.

    Thanks for the list of Jack’s associates. A list is nice, to see how they are all connected would be more illuminating.

    Are there other public sources of data on the Abramoff case(s)?

  • Paul: E-mail records were central to the investigation of Jack Abramoff. Electronic records are transforming our society profoundly. They combat all manner of corruption and abuse of authority or privilege. –Ben http://hack-igations.blogspot.com/2007/12/people-in-authority-sometimes-abuse.html