December 31, 2005
E&P predicts a not-so-happy New Year for DeLay and his fellow corrupt Republicans:
Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are putting the finishing touches on a plea deal that could be announced as early as Tuesday, according to people familiar with the negotiations.
The plea agreement would secure the lobbyist’s testimony against several members of Congress who received favors from him or his clients.
Abramoff and a former partner were indicted in Miami in August on charges of conspiracy and fraud for allegedly lying about their assets to help secure financing to purchase a fleet of gambling boats.
Meanwhile, The Washington Post, in an extensive report on Saturday, revealed that The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay—and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization—was funded “almost entirely by corporations linked to Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group.”
During its five-year existence, the U.S. Family Network raised $2.5 million but kept its donor list secret. The list, obtained by The Post, shows that $1 million of its revenue came in a single 1998 check “from a now-defunct London law firm whose former partners would not identify the money’s origins.”
“Whatever the real motive for the contribution of $1 million—a sum not prohibited by law but extraordinary for a small, nonprofit group—the steady stream of corporate payments detailed on the donor list makes it clear that Abramoff’s long-standing alliance with DeLay was sealed by a much more extensive web of financial ties than previously known.”
Abramoff's lawyers have apparently indicated that they want the plea to be made in U.S. District Court in D.C. I can’t imagine why.
You can read the Post’s article here.
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