Sunday, January 08, 2006

Abramoff: The Republican Scandal

Republicans have been trying to deflect criticism surrounding the Abramoff scandal by falsely claiming it is a bipartisan issue. Republicans have been able to confuse the issue since many groups represented by Abramoff, for obviously reasons, did donate to both parties. What is more significant is that 100% of money directly from Abramoff was donated to Republicans, and all money donated as part of illegal schemes of donating money in return for favors involved Republicans. Looking at the big picture, the K Street Projectwas purely a Republican scheme to misuse money from people like Abramoff in their attempt to achieve one party rule.

Capital Eye is one useful source to break down the contributions. Looking at the contributions directly from Jack and Pamela Abramoff, they report that 100% went to Republicans, with Tom DeLay's PAC receiving the largest single contribution.

Howard Dean summed up how this is a Republican scandal:
Republicans Are Scared

“There are no Democrats who took money from Jack Abramoff, not one, not one single Democrat. Every person named in this scandal is a Republican. Every person under investigation is a Republican. Every person indicted is a Republican. This is a Republican finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack Abramoff ever gave any Democrat any money and we’ve looked through all of the F.E.C. reports to make sure that’s true…I know the Republican National Committee would like to get the Democrats involved in this. They're scared. They should be scared. They haven't told the truth. They have misled the American people, and now it appears they're stealing from Indian tribes. The Democrats are not involved in this.”


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