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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 07:09 AM
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Abramoff Probe May Spur Move by Lawmakers to Rein in Lobbyists
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=aBi...

Nov. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Jack Abramoff, the high-powered Republican lobbyist accused of bilking clients out of millions of dollars, may become the symbol that transforms the world of Washington influence-peddling.

Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has led a congressional probe of Abramoff, may introduce legislation to tighten regulations on lobbyists. McCain's old partners on campaign-finance overhaul, Senator Russell Feingold of Wisconsin and Representative Martin Meehan of Massachusetts, both Democrats, are proposing that lawmakers detail payments for travel, and lobbyists disclose whom they contact on behalf of clients.

``A culture of corruption has developed,'' Meehan said. ``As the investigations continue and more wrongdoing is uncovered, I believe momentum will continue to build for real reform.''

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The Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana alone spent almost $37 million on fees and donations directed by Abramoff and Scanlon, according to the committee. In e-mails released by the panel, the pair discussed the money they would make off their client. ``Coushatta is an absolute cake walk,'' Scanlon, a former aide to DeLay, wrote to Abramoff on Sept. 10, 2001, according to an e-mail released at this week's hearing.

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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 07:13 AM
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1. In other news, foxes call for more paperwork during
henhouse duty.

"Somebody's stealing these aigs, and we aim to get to the bottom of it," Chief Fox Smittenhouse said. "Trust me."
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 10:58 AM
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4. Really. I'll hold my breath for another McCain-Feingold tweaking
of legalized bribery. It's so much easier to keep re-arranging the deck chairs rather than mention the ice berg.

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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 08:42 AM
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2. Yep, them "lawmakers" hate all that free money ... nt
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Peter Frank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 09:45 AM
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3. Kick
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young_at_heart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 11:03 AM
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5. But it's S-O-P...... Money buys you the politician of your choice!
The day the all the politicians do "the right thing", hell will freeze over. Just ask all the people who have lost their pensions because Congress voted for the corporations.
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 11:53 AM
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7. The ultimate pension theft - the looting of social security takes place
even as we speak. Every year they take money from working people and give it to bush's base. It's Robinhood in reverse. It's the ultimate pension theft. Why not cut the payroll tax by the "extra?" Let us keep our money since we best know how to spend it... I heard that somewhere.
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kainah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-04-05 11:49 AM
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6. Key word in headline -- MAY
Yeah, it may, but it won't.

*, stricken with morality, may resign tomorrow, too. But don't hold your breath.
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Peter Frank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-05 04:12 PM
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8. Kick...
:kick:
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Peter Frank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-05 10:36 AM
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9. Kick...
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