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lala_rawraw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:00 PM
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More Abramoff fall out


http://rawstory.com/news/2006/Nonprofit_think_tank_wrot...
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Magazine Publishers of America

In May 2000, Amy Ridenour published a National Policy Analysis entitled Proposed 15% postal rate increase would hurt everyone. The article decried the effect such a draconian increase would have on the magazine publishing industry. According to Ridenours footnotes, some of the information she used was gathered from an interview with the Magazine Publishers of America.

The Magazine Publishers of America was a client of Abramoffs. The association paid Abramoffs firm, Preston Gates, $240,000 in 2000. Abramoff was also a member of NCPPRs board of directors at the time.

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Channel One

In December 1998, Abramoffs lobbying team signed Channel One, a for-profit entity which delivers educational programming to schoolchildren alongside commercials. Channel One paid Preston Gates over a million dollars for their efforts.

The following May, Ridenour defended Channel Ones use of commercials after Ralph Naders Commercial Alert urged Congress to investigate the practice. Ridenour said Naders charge was spurious.

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SPI Spirits Ltd.

Perhaps the most glaring of Ridenours efforts to aid Abramoffs clients was her crusade for Stoli Spirits Limited, the makers of Stoli vodka. In 2002, SPI Spirits paid $200,000 to Abramoffs second firm, Greenberg Traurig, to lobby Congress on trade with Russia and intellectual property rights.

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Amy Ridenour did not return calls and email messages seeking comment. Nor did her lawyer, Noland MacKenzie Canter III, who served RAW STORY with a cease and desist order after an article revealing that Ridenour had helped Abramoffs Malaysian client.
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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:03 PM
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1. This guy is all over the place
Wow. I remember Channel One from when I was in junior high school.
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electropop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:04 PM
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2. She's a RW columnist and think tanker, right?
Is it a surprise she's taking evil positions?
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lala_rawraw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:32 PM
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3. no, but that the money trail exposed her for what she is
should be heard around the nation, given that this organization produced and partnered with such visible folks as Ken Blackwell, Justice pube, and Tom Delay :)
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:38 PM
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4. The "surprise" isn't that her positions are evil
If she had a few free-trade hobbyhourses -- like, say, environmental deregulation -- and rode them hard, you might say she was just expressing her own opinions.

But instead, her columns show a pattern of bringing something up completely out of left field, becoming an instant expert on it for a column or two (with footnotes directly attributing Abramoff's clients for the information), and then dropping it again just as suddenly.

*That's* what creates the impression she might just possibly be a paid hack.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:41 PM
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5. here's the letter RS published
(which prompted the cease and desist...) a scary scam of seniors.. extorting money to "save social security"



horrid bastards..
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stop the bleeding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 08:55 PM
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6. According to RS reporting Amy there is pretty tight with ole Abramoff
I wonder if she has lawyer? I wonder if the prosecution would like to talk to her? I wonder what that conversation would be like.


:wow: :think: Kick !!!
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stop the bleeding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 06:09 AM
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9. yep
kick
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 07:51 AM
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10. The whole scam was being run out of a big GOP law firm,
Edited on Sat Mar-11-06 07:54 AM by leveymg
Greenberg & Traurig, along with Abramoff's Islamic bankers shakedown. See, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/1/3/10145/56290

LaLa - Who's the law firm whose coming after you guys? - Mark
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:55 PM
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7. Kick!
Nice work Larisa.
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:02 PM
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8. Gee. Why does the truth hurt some people so bad?
Could it be they're crooked?

Hey, Ridenour! Save it for the jury.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 08:09 AM
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11. Is there anyone honest in the Bush administration?
K&R
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Pacifist Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:55 PM
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13. Sure, here's a list of honest people in the Bush administration.
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RazzleDazzle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 09:30 AM
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12. Question, lala --
who served RAW STORY with a cease and desist order

Forgive my lack of knowledge here, but is this ceasae and desist order a real thing, like signed by a judge, and requiring Raw Story to actually cease and desist? Can you give us further details?

Good work, you guys.
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Patsy Stone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 03:30 PM
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14. Any mob family worth their salt
needs some mouthpieces.

K&R.
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