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Abramoff’s Excesses Came Early:

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The same activity that has led Jack Abramoff to become a household name symbolizing congressional corruption once led to his dismissal from the top post of the College Republicans. The Boston Globe profiles Abramoff’s leadership of the RNC funded College Republicans organization in an effort to “remove liberals from power permanently” and build a strong and independently funded organization. Abramoff, spurred by a belief that the press, student associations, and liberal professors were undercover agents of Moscow, furiously campaigned to raise money for the organization despite protests from RNC officials, who he derided as moderates affiliated with George H.W. Bush. He created a separate group, the College Republican National Fund, to raise money and skirt tax laws. Abramoff also lied about his access to power in his direct mail appeals, according to the Globe, foreshadowing his future prevaricating. Abramoff’s oversized personality and actions eventually forced the RNC to push him out of the top spot at the College Republicans.

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Burns Ad Assails Democrats:

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Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), under fire from Montana Democrats for taking $155,000 from Jack Abramoff and his clients, released a new television ad attacking Democrats for impugning his character. The ad calls Democratic attacks “the worst kind of politics” and “a bunch of you-know-what”. Burns, speaking in the ad, also states that the Democratic ads are paid for by Jack Abramoff’s tribal clients. The Montana Democratic Party did receive $5,000 from one tribe represented by Jack Abramoff, but only after the Party sent out an appeal to tribes to help fund a get-out-the-vote effort among Indian tribes – something the staunch Republican Abramoff would certainly not direct money towards. The Missoulian notes that Burns’ assertion of the source of money for the Democrats’ attack ads is equally true about this very ad by Burns, considering that he received over 30 times the amount that the Montana Democrats did.

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Democrats Want Abramoff Prosecutor:

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Thirty-five Senate Democrats and Independent James Jeffords (I-VT) called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the scandal surrounding Jack Abramoff. The New York Times reports that the Senators declared that the appointment of a special prosecutor was necessary because of “Mr. Abramoff's significant ties to Republican leadership in Congress and allegations of improper activity involving administration officials.”

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Earle Wants DeLay Trip Info:

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Texas prosecutor Ronnie Earle is seeking information on a trip Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff took to London and Scotland in 2000. The Associated Press reports that “Earle wants DeLay's wife and several associates who joined him on the trip to turn over travel itineraries, expense reimbursement requests and other documents.” Newspaper reports state that the trip was funded by Abramoff’s clients e-Lottery Inc. and the Mississippi Choctaw Tribe, who funneled their money into Abramoff’s non-profit the National Center for Public Policy Research which in turn used the money to pay for the trip.

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Doolittle to Avoid Challenge to Leadership Post:

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Despite more revelations coming out about Rep. John Doolittle’s connections to the Abramoff scandal it seems certain that he will retain his leadership post in the GOP caucus. The Sacramento Bee reports that some Republicans plan to call on a full slate of elections today, possibly endangering Doolittle’s low ranking conference secretary post. Doolittle is likely safe considering the push for full elections is expected to fall short and because Doolittle is waging a PR battle within the caucus to clear his name. “Doolittle has sent a letter to every House Republican defending himself against accusations that he was involved improperly with Abramoff.”

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Doolittle Refuses to Comment on Abramoff Ties:

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Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) will not talk about the letters that he wrote to the Interior Department in an effort to help Indian tribes who hired Jack Abramoff as a lobbyist, according to the Sacramento Bee.  One of Doolittle’s letters complained about the closing of an Indian casino contradicting Doolittle’s career-long anti-gambling stance.  Doolittle has even claimed that the reason that he wrote letters opposing Indian casino openings that threatened Abramoff clients was because he is anti-gambling.  Doolittle's contradictory letters follow one pattern: helping Abramoff clients who contributed $130,000 to him and his leadership PAC.

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