Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Don't cry for Ney, Ohio

His interest group ratings.

Abramoff partner pleads guilty, will testify against ---wait for it--- Rep. Ney of Ohio.

Music dies.

What? What about Tom Delay? (Wind whispers in the sage.)

The plea agreement lists gifts Ney was offered or received, including a golf trip to Scotland in 2002, $4,000 to his campaign committee, $10,000 to the National Republican Campaign Committee made with credit to Ney, regular meals and drinks at Abramoff's Signatures restaurant, sports tickets, and frequent golf and related expenses at courses in the Washington area.

The document states that the gifts were "in exchange for a series of official acts." These included providing legislation, agreeing to put statements into the Congressional Record, contacting federal officials to influence decisions, meeting with Abramoff's clients and endorsing a wireless telecommunications company that wanted to install antennas in House office buildings.

Golf trip to Scotland in 2002--where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, Tom Delay was on that trip.

Has the justice department actually turned a leaf or is Ney the sacrificial lamb by which the sins of the GOP are to be hid.

Abramoff Partner Pleads Guilty

Another all-expenses-paid trip mentioned in the documents was a 2000 visit to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, an Abramoff client. A source with knowledge of the trip said that senior members of Ney's and DeLay's staff went along.

New York Times: Former DeLay Aide Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy


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