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

Monday, January 23, 2006

ABC 7 News - Earle Subpoenas Former DeLay Campaign Aide

Washington (AP) - A former campaign manager of Rep. Tom DeLay who also ran an organization linked to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was subpoenaed by a Texas prosecutor Monday. Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle filed documents in Austin seeking records from Robert G. Mills in connection with a probe of DeLay, who is awaiting trial in Texas on money laundering charges.

Earle wants information about a $500,000 political contribution made in 1999 by the National Republican Congressional Committee to the U.S. Family Network, a now-disbanded nonprofit advocacy group for conservative ideas. Mills, DeLay's 1996 campaign manager, was president of the U.S. Family Network.
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The Washington Post reported that donations to U.S. Family Network came from clients of Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to federal charges in a congressional corruption investigation.

DeLay, R-Texas, has denied through a spokesman that donations to U.S. Family Network influenced his legislative agenda. DeLay's attorney, Dick DeGuerin, was not immediately available for comment Monday, but has previously questioned whether subpoenas can be enforced because the case is on appeal.

"We're giving people a chance to do the right thing," Earle's office said.

DeLay is accused of laundering campaign money used in 2002 races for the state Legislature. He stepped down as House majority leader last year when he was indicted.

He also has come under scrutiny in the Abramoff investigation but denies wrongdoing. | Bush, Abramoff reportedly photographed together

WASHINGTON - Although President Bush says he doesn't recall meeting convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the two have reportedly turned up in photos together.

Washingtonian and Time magazines have reported about a half-dozen photos showing the two together.

Time reported on its Web site Sunday that its staff members have seen at least six photos featuring Bush and Abramoff, who has pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from his lobbying practices and has pledged to cooperate with investigators. They appeared to have been taken at White House functions, according to the reports.

Abramoff met a few times with White House staff and attended Hanukkah receptions in 2001 and 2002, the White House has said, but officials have not disclosed how many times he's been in the complex or what business he had there.

Abramoff was declared a Bush "pioneer" for raising at least $100,000 for the Bush re-election campaign. Contributions that came directly from Abramoff, his wife and an American Indian tribe he represented were donated to the American Heart Association after Abramoff entered his pleas.


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