Discussion in 'Politics and Religion' started by justbill_redux, Apr 23, 2006.
You left out polite.
Ah, the joys of reasoned political discourse.
You're an idiot.
If you think that people who get rewarded for working two ends against and on behalf of the middle are likely to NOT have ethical problems, you are a victim of sustained redundancy.
Give it up Bill ......
Law & no Order
Former Rethugilican Illinois Governor George Ryan Sr. found guilty of corruption charges.
George Ryan Sr., a consummate political dealmaker who rose to become Illinois' 39th governor, was convicted Monday on sweeping federal corruption charges of wielding power to help himself and his friends.
After a historic, marathon trial, a federal jury in its 11th day of deliberations found Ryan guilty on all 18 counts of steering state business to cronies for bribes, of gutting corruption-fighting efforts to protect political fundraising and of misusing state resources for political gain.
Ryan's co-defendant, lobbyist and longtime friend Lawrence Warner, was also found guilty on all 12 counts against him.
Tony Rudy, formerly Deputy Chief of Staff for Tom Delay, was part of Team Abramoff at Greenberg Traurig.
On March 31, 2006 Rudy pled guilty to one count of conspiracy in connection to the Jack Abramoff case. Rudy faces up to five years in prison but could receive much less, based on the extent that his plea agreement will aid in the broader investigation.
Michael Scanlon was a close business associate of Jack Abramoff.
He served Majority Leader Tom DeLay as a top aide and spokesman until the end of 1999, leaving to start a career as a lobbyist. In 2001, he started a firm, Capital Campaign Strategies, devoted to lobbying and grassroots public relations. Ostensibly, the firm held focus groups, devised "positive communications" strategies, and lobbied for legislation.
Under a plea bargain announced in November, Scanlon pled guilty on charges of conspiracy to violate criminal laws against bribing public officials, and agreed to pay back $19.6 million in kickbacks from fees assessed from Indian tribes. Scanlon now faces between 51 and 63 months in prison.
From his private lobby shop, Ed Buckham – longtime confidante and aide to former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) -- used his Hill connections to win an earmark that benefited a company he partially owned.
The pending resignation of former House majority leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), once one of the most powerful lawmakers in Washington, comes amid a federal criminal investigation that already has reached into his inner circle of longtime advisers.
DeLay faces a trial later this year on money-laundering charges in Texas that stems from an October 2005 indictment related to corporate contributions to state elections in 2001 and 2002. Since then, two former aides and one of his most prominent contributors have pleaded guilty in a separate federal probe to crimes including conspiracy; wire, tax and mail fraud; and the corruption of public officials.
The picture appeared to darken further last week. DeLay's former chief of staff Edwin A. Buckham, the lawmaker's closest political and spiritual adviser, was described in court documents filed by the Justice Department as someone who collaborated with the others -- Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former DeLay deputy chief of staff Tony Rudy and former DeLay aide Michael Scanlon. They arranged payments, trips and favors that the department's investigators charged were part of an illegal conspiracy, according to the documents.
DeLay himself was formally designated as "Representative #2" in the documents, a title that cannot be considered a good omen. The lawmaker designated in the same documents as Representative #1 -- Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio) -- has been cited by the Justice Department as having received "things of value" for performing official acts.
DeLay, who is withdrawing from his reelection bid, also is entitled under federal election rules to convert any or all of his remaining campaign funds to his legal expenses, whether or not he resigns, is indicted or loses the election. Election lawyers say one advantage of bowing out of the election now is that the campaign cash can be converted to pay legal bills immediately, instead of being drained in the course of a bid to stay in office.
The central legal challenge for DeLay is more likely to arise from the work of the federal task force, made up of FBI and tax agents, Interior Department investigators, and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit. A grand jury subpoena issued by the FBI in February for records of the U.S. Family Network, a nonprofit group formed by Buckham, specifically asked for any documents related to DeLay; his wife, Christine; Buckham's lobbying firm; Rudy; and a variety of contributors to the group from among Abramoff's client list.
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