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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:22 PM
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http://thinkprogress.org/2007/11/27/lott-veco /

Right-Wing Magazine: Veco Oil Scandal Contributed To Lotts Resignation

Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) refuses to say why he is retiring from Congress. Many in the media have reported that Lott likely wants to enter the lucrative world of K Street before tougher restrictions in a new lobbying law take effect.

But the right-wing American Spectator magazine speculates that brewing corruption scandals may have contributed to Lotts decision:

The tin-foil-hat crowd was almost immediately pushing a Jack Abramoff angle to the surprise resignation of Sen. Trent Lott. But a more recent scandal brewing which has already ensnared Sen. Ted Stevens, among others may also be playing on Lotts mind.

Lott, Stevens, as well as Rep. Dennis Hastert all have ties to Bill Allen, a larger than life Alaskan businessman who owned Veco, an oil-field services company, and who was a huge benefactor of Republican politicians.

Allen has pleaded guilty to bribing Alaska legislators, including Ben Stevens, the son of Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK). The elder Stevens is currently the target of multiple federal investigation, including one on his ties to Veco.

Lott continues to stand by Stevens, donating $5,000 from his political action committee to Stevenss re-election campaign. Lott also has ties to Allen, who accompanied him to the lavish annual Waterfall Fishing Tournament in Alaska. Since 1996, at least 10 current and former lawmakers have attended the trip, an opportunity for the energy industrys top brass to influence lawmakers.

In addition to the lawmakers, high-ranking executives from the nations top oil firms including Allen attended the Waterfall excursions. Companies with business before Congress occasionally provided free trips to Waterfall for lawmakers and top executives on private company jets. Lawmakers may have violated congressional ethics rules by not paying for the trips. Marketplace, which originally reported on the event, noted that it could find no PAC, personal, or campaign payments for the trip from Lott.

Below is a picture of Lott next to Allen at the Waterfall Resort (and notice Hastert, too):



UPDATE: Larry Flynts Hustler offers another reason for the senators resignation: Senator Lott has been the target of an ongoing HUSTLER investigation for some time now, due to confidential information that we have received.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:24 PM
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1. Last Friday Now on PBS did an episode on that mess and it mention Lott. link----
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:30 PM
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5. I saw it; it was riveting, in a disgusting sort of way. Here's the thread
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:36 PM
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6. how about that picture they showed, a veritable who's who of gopers on the take.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:41 PM
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9. Oh, yea. I saw that and had a big smile plastered on my face. Maybe
Edited on Tue Nov-27-07 04:48 PM by babylonsister
Lott is running scared. That was a good program, and they're far from done investigating. :D
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:48 PM
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10. "Is the investigation closer to the end or the beginning" "Oh the beginning"
yay!
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:26 PM
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2. And yet, Stevens hasn't resigned.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:28 PM
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4. ...yet.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 06:51 PM
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11. Nah. He'll be dragged out kicking and screaming for his lawyer.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:28 PM
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3. His dirty little hands are too close to too many scandals to know which one
did it. Maybe the weight of all of them paired with crooked revolving-door lobby practices was too much.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 06:51 PM
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12. I know. It's just so hard to choose.
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:36 PM
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7. Someone explain about the brief case full of money Hassert had
I remember they caught him with the brief case with the money, but who was it supposed to be from. I heard, Saudis, Abramoff and on and on. No concrete person. Does any body know.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-27-07 04:40 PM
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8. I think it was Turkey and relates to the Sibel Edmonds case. nt
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