Wednesday, May 04, 2005


Congratulations To Us, Kudos To Them!

Yesterday at SAEN Watch we commented on the SAEN's continued failure to report on both sides of the ethics battle in the Congress. Well, congratulations to us, and kudos to them, because today on page 3A the SAEN reports that DeLay isn't the only one who has taken trips paid for by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. As we reported yesterday, aides to Tom Delay and two Democratic congressmen took a trip to the Mariana Islands paid for by Abramoff:
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's office says a U.S. territorial government was supposed to pay for travel by two of his staff aides to the Pacific island. Two Democratic congressmen filed disclosure forms saying a nonprofit group paid their expenses to the same place.

They all were at least partially wrong, according to lobbying firm records obtained by The Associated Press. The expenses were paid initially by lobbyist Jack Abramoff or his former firm, despite House rules prohibiting lobbyists from paying for the travel of lawmakers or their aides.

It's not clear to this day whether the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands partially or fully reimbursed Abramoff or the Preston Gates law and lobbying firm that hired him. The nonprofit group says it never paid a dime.

Welcome to the party guys!
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