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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 11:52 AM
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Today's McC campaign scandal: "McCain's Moneyraiser Worked For Mariana Islands"

By Andrew Tilghman - July 18, 2008, 5:41PM
We told you yesterday about the ties between one of John McCain's top fundraisers and convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Well, there's more. Looks like Juan Carlos Benitez was helping Abramoff out with efforts to lobby for the Northern Mariana Islands.

Remember that storyline? The U.S. territory's local government hired Abramoff (and Benitez as well, we've learned) to help fend of criticism of the massive sweatshop industry on the islands.
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annabanana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 12:31 PM
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 01:22 PM
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2. A few more details here
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Top_McCain_fundraiser_has...

Questions have previously been raised about Benitez apart from his possible relationship with Abramoff. According to the blog Fired Up America, Benitez was lobbying for the island of Guam in 2003, at the same time that his wife was a special adviser on economic policy at the Department of the Interior, responsible for helping improve economic conditions on that island. "Mr. Benitez received a fee of $125,000 per month from the taxpayers of Guam, to arrange meetings that the taxpayers of the United States and Guam were already paying his wife to undertake."

The four-person lobbying team Benitez put together for the Guam account also included two men, David DiStefano and Roy Coffee, who were closely involved at the same time with the now-disgraced Rep. Bob Ney.

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hootinholler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-19-08 02:32 PM
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3. Frederick A. Black
Edited on Sat Jul-19-08 02:32 PM by hootinholler
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In Guam, a US territory in the Pacific, investigators were looking into Abramoff's secret arrangement with Superior Court officials to lobby against a court reform bill then pending in Congress. The legislation, since approved, gave the Guam Supreme Court authority over the Superior Court.

In 2002, Abramoff was retained by the Superior Court in what was an unusual arrangement for a public agency. The Los Angeles Times reported in May that Abramoff was paid with a series of $9,000 checks funneled through a Laguna Beach, Calif., lawyer to disguise the lobbyist's role working for the Guam court. No separate contract was authorized for Abramoff's work.
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The transactions were the target of a grand jury subpoena issued Nov. 18, 2002, according to the subpoena. It demanded that Anthony Sanchez, administrative director of the Guam Superior Court, turn over all records involving the lobbying contract, including bills and payments.

A day later, the chief prosecutor, US Attorney Frederick A. Black, who had launched the investigation, was demoted. A White House news release announced that Bush was replacing Black.


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