News and articles relating to the scandal surrounding Washington D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff

Monday, August 08, 2005

Mont. Democrats Get Help Criticizing Burns

The Associated Press
Monday, August 8, 2005; 6:49 PM

HELENA, Mont. -- The Montana Democratic Party _ aided by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee _ is airing a television ad criticizing Republican Sen. Conrad Burns for his dealings with a GOP lobbyist who is under federal investigation.

The DSCC contribution on the ad referring to lobbyist Jack Abramoff was its first salvo in the Senate ad wars that are just warming up. Republicans aired an ad criticizing West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd late last month.

Burns is running for his fourth term senator and four Democrats have entered the race. His seat is one of 33 Senate seats up for election in 2006.

The Burns campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee said the ad is false and asked TV stations to stop airing it.

The television spot, which was airing on TV stations statewide through the week, criticizes Burns for what it said was his vote to give one of the nation's wealthiest American Indian tribes $3 million from a federal program intended for cash-strapped tribal schools.

The Michigan tribe was a client of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who donated money to Burns' political action committee and is now under investigation, accused of bilking his Indian clients. The ad says the financial arrangements add up to an "improper relationship" between Burns and the lobbyist.

The ad is running through the week and is costing "tens of thousands of dollars," said Tim Tatarka, spokesman for the Montana Democratic Party.

State Democratic Party Chairman Dennis McDonald said Burns has forgotten that he's not working "for high-powered lobbyists trying to win his favor with campaign contributions."

Montana Republican Party Chairman Karl Ohs said the ad is inaccurate and "demonstrates Democrats don't have anything real to talk about."

"It's a desperate start to a desperate campaign by the State Democrat Party to try and buy back a seat in the U.S. Senate," said Mark Baker, chairman of Friends of Conrad Burns.

National report cites federal grand jury investigation of lobbyist Abramoff

by Sabrina Salas Matanane, KUAM News
Monday, August 08, 2005


If you're a KUAM News viewer, then you would know already the relationship Guam had with former high-powered Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Apparently the rest of the nation now knows his dealings with our Pacific island, as The Los Angeles Times revealed that a federal grand jury on Guam was at one time investigating Abramoff for his lobbying activities here.

According to the article, investigators were looking into Abramoff's secret arrangement with superior court officials to lobby against a court revision bill then pending in the U.S. Congress. KUAM reported that former Superior Court administrator, and now Bureau of Statistics and Planning director Tony Sanchez authorized payments to Attorney Howard Hills. The Times report stated "Abramoff was paid with a series of $9,000 checks funneled through a Laguna Beach lawyer to disguise the lobbyist's role for the Guam court.

The investigation however was dropped after, President George W. Bush demoted then Acting U.S. Attorney Fred Black. The Los Angeles Times also reported that Guam Public Auditor Doris Flores brooks reinitiated a separate investigation of Abramoff's secret lobbying work for the Guam courts. Reportedly Brooks is reviewing Abramoff's payments totaling $324,000 in 36 separate checks for $9,000 through Hills.


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