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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-09-06 11:16 PM
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$25,000 to Lobby Group Is Tied to Access to Bush (through Norquist)

$25,000 to Lobby Group Is Tied to Access to Bush


By PHILIP SHENON
Published: March 10, 2006

WASHINGTON, March 9 The chief of an Indian tribe represented by the lobbyist Jack Abramoff was admitted to a meeting with President Bush in 2001 days after the tribe paid a prominent conservative lobbying group $25,000 at Mr. Abramoff's direction, according to documents and interviews.

The payment was made to Americans for Tax Reform, a group run by Grover G. Norquist, one of the Republican Party's most influential policy strategists. Mr. Norquist was a friend and longtime associate of Mr. Abramoff.

The meeting with Mr. Bush took place on May 9, 2001, at a reception organized by Mr. Norquist to marshal support for the president's 2001 tax cuts, which were pending before Congress. About two dozen state legislators attended the session in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House grounds. The meeting was called to thank legislators for support of the tax-cut plan, an issue on which the tribal leader had no direct involvement.


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The transaction could also focus further attention on Mr. Norquist's group, which is already under scrutiny by the Justice Department and Congressional investigators over its ties to Mr. Abramoff. On being presented with a copy of a letter dated May 10, 2001, in which one of its officials acknowledged receipt of the $25,000 donation, Americans for Tax Reform responded that it did not seek money for White House access.


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Mr. Abramoff might have had reason to want an overhaul of the tribe's leadership. In 2001, Isidro Garza said, the Kickapoos rejected a proposal from Michael Scanlon, Mr. Abramoff's business partner, that the tribe pay $2 million in fees for a lobbying campaign on behalf of the tribe's casino. A lawyer for Raul Garza, Jason Davis of San Antonio, said Chief Garza "got caught in the crossfire of tribal politics" when he was ousted as the tribal leader in 2002, and "the question is whether he also got caught in the crossfire of national politics."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/10/politics/10abramoff.h...
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-09-06 11:18 PM
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1. But did they sleep over.....
If they slept over.....

that cheapens the office....

If they just came over to chat...

Well, that's business as usual....
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:54 AM
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3. But did they serve coffee - or just the usual pretzels and fake beer?
That's what I want to know. If they served coffee it calls for a special prosecutor.
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paineinthearse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:09 AM
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2. "Mr. Norquist was a friend...?"
Sloppy reporting/editing. Unless Norquist has distanced himself. I'm sure they're still the best of buddies.
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