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WASHINGTON - The nation's capital braced Tuesday for a mushrooming political scandal as a well-connected lobbyist pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges and prepared to testify about members of Congress caught in his web of corruption.

Jack Abramoff, 46, invoked God as he apologized and pleaded guilty before a federal judge to one charge each of conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison - and another potential plea in a Florida indictment related to his purchase of a fleet of casino cruise ships from a man who was murdered a few months later.

By itself, the fall of a high-flying lobbyist who collected $80 million in fees from casino-rich Indian tribes, wined and dined politicians at his own upscale Washington restaurant, Signatures, and flew them abroad for golf outings was a dramatic tale.

But it was the likelihood that Abramoff now will help federal prosecutors go after members of Congress that gripped official Washington.

"This is going to grow and multiply," said Bill Mateja, a former top official in the Bush Justice Department who's now a Dallas lawyer. "If I were on Capitol Hill, I would be shaking in my boots. Because if anyone knows where the skeletons are buried, it's Jack Abramoff."

The Abramoff case could rival or surpass the 1980 Abscam case, in which an FBI sting trapped members of Congress taking bribes. Six members of the House of Representatives and one senator were convicted then.

It also could make it easier for Americans to see the free flow of money and lobbyist influence in Washington and affect the way they vote in this year's congressional elections. Democrats hope to benefit, but polls so far show both parties losing public esteem.

Justice Department officials said they hoped their extensive investigation would send a message about corruption.

"Government officials and government action are not for sale," said Alice Fisher, an assistant attorney general. "The Justice Department will aggressively investigate and prosecute these types of cases, which have a devastating impact on the public's trust of government."

The scandal threatens to engulf several high-ranking lawmakers from both major political parties, including:

_ Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, the chairman of the House Administration Committee, whose Web page identifies him as the "11th most powerful member of Congress." He took a golf trip to Scotland on Abramoff's tab, but says he did nothing wrong.

_ Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who was forced to step down last fall as House majority leader when he was indicted on a campaign-finance charge that isn't related to the Abramoff case. DeLay denies any wrongdoing in taking overseas trips financed by Abramoff. His spokesman said Tuesday that all of DeLay's actions were approved by the House ethics committee.

_ Rep. John Doolittle, R-Calif., the secretary of the House Republican Conference, who took campaign contributions from Abramoff and whose wife was hired by an Abramoff foundation. Doolittle denies that his intervention in a California Indian casino case, which would've helped Abramoff, was connected to his relations to the lobbyist.

_ Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., the Senate minority leader, who's denied that his intercession in an Indian-casino case that would've helped Abramoff was linked to a $5,000 contribution from an Abramoff client.

"Abramoff probably had relationships with lots more members of Congress," said Melanie Sloan, a former federal prosecutor, the head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and who's supported Democrats. "He's clearly been spilling his guts for several months."

Abramoff's lawyer, Abbe Lowell, said in a statement that his client "intends to continue to work with the Justice Department and others to fully resolve all matters of interest, to provide restitution to anyone he has harmed, and to seek absolution from all."

Abramoff would serve nine and a half to 11 years of his sentence under federal guidelines. That could be reduced further with his cooperation in the investigation. He also faces a fine of more than $750,000 and mandatory restitution estimated to be about $26.7 million - $1.7 million of that to the Internal Revenue Service for evading taxes, plus an undetermined amount of back taxes.

The lobbyist was contrite as he faced U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle.

"Your honor, words will not be able to ever express how sorry I am for this, and I have profound regret and sorrow for the multitude of mistakes and harm I have caused," he said.

"All of my remaining days, I will feel tremendous sadness and regret for my conduct and for what I have done. I only hope that I can merit forgiveness from the Almighty and from those I have wronged or caused to suffer. I will work hard to earn that redemption."

The most far-reaching charge said Abramoff corruptly influenced public officials and their relatives.

"Abramoff and others would offer and provide things of value to public officials, including trips, campaign contributions, meals and entertainment in exchange for agreements that the public officials would use their official positions and influence to benefit defendant Abramoff's clients and ... businesses," the federal charge said.

It didn't identify any public officials by name.

But it did say Abramoff influenced a House Committee chairman identified as "Representative A." It said Abramoff used "a lavish trip to Scotland to play golf on world famous courses, tickets to sporting events ... regular meals at Abramoff's upscale restaurant, and campaign contributions" to win official favors from the congressman.

Representative A is apparently Ney.

An Abramoff partner, Michael Scanlon, who formerly had worked for DeLay, pleaded guilty in November to conspiring to bribe Ney. Ney has denied wrongdoing.

"At the time I dealt with Jack Abramoff, I obviously did not know, and had no way of knowing, the self-serving and fraudulent nature of Abramoff's activities," Ney said in a statement.

The plea bargain also said Abramoff had defrauded several Indian tribes by charging them huge fees while lying about his work or the way that money was funneled to him. For example, it said he urged them to hire other firms while concealing that he got a 50 percent kickback from more than $54 million that the tribes paid those firms.

Abramoff greased his relationships with golf trips, meals at his restaurant and seats in his luxury skyboxes at Washington sports events. He and his clients also contributed freely to campaigns, $4.4 million since 2000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.

With the investigation threatening to spread, several members of Congress recently returned campaign contributions to Abramoff, a trend that House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., joined Tuesday evening. He announced that he'd return $70,000 in contributions from Abramoff-related clients, including Indian tribes.

Previously, Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., returned $18,892. That amount included $1,892, the value of seats in Abramoff's skybox at a Washington sports arena, which Baucus had used but never reported.

Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., gave back $67,000 in Abramoff-related donations.

Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., returned more than $150,000 and summed up what probably is the prevailing attitude in Congress toward the once-popular lobbyist.

"This Abramoff guy is a bad guy," Burns told a Montana television station last month. "I hope he goes to jail and we never see him again. I wish he'd never been born, to be right honest with you."



I hope they nail'em and the casinos as well. This could get pretty big... and some members of Congess might not be sleeping as well tonight.

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Here are details of the three federal charges to which lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty on Tuesday, according to a Justice Department filing in U.S. District Court:

Conspiracy: Abramoff and partner Michael Scanlon conspired to defraud Indian tribes in Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Texas of millions of dollars. Abramoff made roughly $20 million in hidden profits from the scheme. Scanlon pleaded guilty to related charges in November.

Abramoff also gave money, trips, meals and entertainment to public officials and their relatives in return for favorable treatment of his clients. The government says one member of the House of Representatives, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney (news, bio, voting record), R-Ohio, received a "lavish trip to Scotland to play golf on world-famous courses" and other benefits in exchange for the congressman's support on various issues. Ney has denied any wrongdoing.

In addition, Abramoff arranged for one of Ney's former staff members to lobby the congressman in 2002 before the staffer's one-year ban on lobbying had expired.


Mail Fraud: Abramoff arranged for a $50,000 check to be sent through the mail from Texas to pay for the Scotland golf trip.


Tax Evasion: Abramoff filed a tax return for 2002 that concealed his illegal income.


Abramoff was also expected to plead guilty to two additional federal charges in Florida, stemming from a 2000 purchase of a fleet of gambling boats, his attorney said.



He's up crap creek with a small paddle...

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Democrats Don't Know Jack???

“It’s very odd that Democrats at the national and state levels have sought to exploit the Abramoff matter for political gain, while in the process throwing countless congressional Democrats under the bus,’ said Brian Nick, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC).” (Charles Hurt, “Dorgan Returns Abramoff Money,” The Washington Times, December 14, 2005)

An NRSC Report Shows That Nearly 90 Percent Of Senate “Democrats Have Taken Abramoff-Related Money.” “The NRSC has begun circulating among fellow Republicans new reports showing that all but five of the chamber’s 44 Democrats have taken Abramoff-related money. In addition, the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have taken more than $1.2 million, according to records provided to The Washington Times.” (Charles Hurt, “Dorgan Returns Abramoff Money,” The Washington Times, December 14, 2005)

“The NRSC Report Is Part Of A New Counteroffensive By Republicans To Neutralize An Issue That Democrats See As Central To Electoral Gains In 2006.” (Charles Hurt, “Dorgan Returns Abramoff Money,” The Washington Times, December 14, 2005)

“If The Democrats Are Alleging That Republicans Are Guilty Of Any Wrongdoing, They’re Sitting In The Same Boat.” “Democrats have run two television advertisements in Montana, castigating Burns for his activities on behalf of Abramoff, but as the lobbyist’s taint spreads, its political impact may dissipate, said Brian Nick, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. ‘If the Democrats are alleging that Republicans are guilty of any wrongdoing, they’re sitting in the same boat,’ he said. ‘It just becomes a nonstarter.’” (Jonathan Weisman and Derek Willis “Democrat On Panel Probing Abramoff To Return Tribal Donations,” The Washington Post, December 14, 2005)

Tribal Clients And Associates Of Jack Abramoff Have Contributed Over $3.1 Million To Democrat Party Interests Between 1997 And 2004. (Campaign Finance Analysis Project Website, www.campaignfinanceanalysisproject.com, Accessed December 2005; Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed December 2005)

National Democrat Party Affiliated Committees Received Over $1.2 Million From Indian Tribe Clients And Lobbying Associates Of Jack Abramoff. (Campaign Finance Analysis Project Website, www.campaignfinanceanalysisproject.com, Accessed December 7, 2005; Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed December 7, 2005; Internal Revenue Service Website, www.irs.gov, Accessed April 21, 2005)

The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) Received Over – $430,000

The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Received Over – $629,000

The Democrat National Committee (DNC) Received Over – $177,000

Incumbent Senate Democrat-Affiliated Campaign And Leadership Committees Received Over $729,000 From Indian Tribe Clients And Lobbying Associates Of Jack Abramoff*. (Campaign Finance Analysis Project Website, www.campaignfinanceanalysisproject.com, Accessed December 7, 2005; Political Money Line Website, www.tray.com, Accessed December 7, 2005; Internal Revenue Service Website, www.irs.gov, Accessed April 21, 2005)

40 Of The 45 Members Of The Senate Democrat Caucus:

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) Received At Least – $22,500

Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN) Received At Least – $6,500

Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) Received At Least – $1,250

Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) Received At Least – $2,000

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Received At Least – $20,250

Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) Received At Least – $21,765

Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) Received At Least – $7,500

Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) Received At Least – $12,950

Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) Received At Least – $8,000

Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ) Received At Least – $7,500

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) Received At Least – $14,792

Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) Received At Least – $79,300

Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Received At Least – $14,000

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Received At Least – $2,000

Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) Received At Least – $1,250

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) Received At Least – $45,750

Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI) Received At Least – $9,000

Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT) Received At Least – $2,000

Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) Received At Least – $14,250

Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) Received At Least – $3,300

Senator John Kerry (D-MA) Received At Least – $98,550

Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Received At Least – $28,000

Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT) Received At Least – $4,000

Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) Received At Least – $6,000

Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) Received At Least – $29,830

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Received At Least – $14,891

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) Received At Least – $10,550

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) Received At Least – $78,991

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) Received At Least – $20,168

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Received At Least – $5,200

Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) Received At Least – $7,500

Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) Received At Least – $2,300

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Received At Least – $3,500

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) Received At Least – $68,941

Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV) Received At Least – $4,000

Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) Received At Least – $4,500

Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) Received At Least – $4,300

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Received At Least – $29,550

Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) Received At Least – $6,250

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Received At Least – $6,250


National Republican Congressional Cmte $478,000

National Republican Senatorial Cmte $436,500

Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte $423,480

Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte $354,700

Republican National Cmte $326,000

J. D. Hayworth (R-Ariz) $101,620

Dennis Hastert (R-Ill) $69,000

Democratic National Cmte $65,720

Thad Cochran (R-Miss) $65,500

Conrad Burns (R-Mont) $59,590

Richard Pombo (R-Calif) $54,500

Jim McCrery (R-La) $52,750

2002 President's Dinner Cmte $50,000

John T. Doolittle (R-Calif) $50,000

Patrick J. Kennedy (D-RI) $42,500

Patty Murray (D-Wash) $40,980

Don Nickles (R-Okla) $40,000

Charles B. Rangel (D-NY) $36,000

Dave Camp (R-Mich) $35,500

John Boehner (R-Ohio) $32,500

Hal Rogers (R-Ky) $32,000

Bob Ney (R-Ohio) $31,500

Tom DeLay (R-Texas) $30,500

Harry Reid (D-Nev) $30,500

Billy Tauzin (R-La) $30,500

Denny Rehberg (R-Mont) $30,000

Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) $28,000

Tom Daschle (D-SD) $26,500

Charles H. Taylor (R-NC) $25,750

Democratic Party of Michigan $23,000

Trent Lott (R-Miss) $22,000

Roger Wicker (R-Miss) $21,600

Mary Bono (R-Calif) $21,500

James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) $21,500

Brad R. Carson (D-Okla) $20,600

Pete Sessions (R-Texas) $20,500

Republican Party of New Hampshire $20,000

Don Young (R-Alaska) $19,708

Dale E. Kildee (D-Mich) $19,000

Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) $18,500

Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md) $17,500

Charles W. "Chip" Pickering Jr. (R-Miss) $17,500

Jack Kingston (R-Ga) $17,000

Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) $15,500

Jerry Weller (R-Ill) $15,500

Democratic Party of Oklahoma $15,000

Chris John (D-La) $15,000

Republican Party of Mississippi $15,000

Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) $14,500

Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) $14,000

John Breaux (D-La) $13,750

Frank Pallone, Jr (D-NJ) $13,600

Spencer Abraham (R-Mich) $13,000

Eric Cantor (R-Va) $13,000

Christopher S. 'Kit' Bond (R-Mo) $12,500

Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Calif) $12,500

Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif) $12,500

Gordon H. Smith (R-Ore) $12,500

George W. Bush ® $12,000

Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo) $12,000

Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo) $12,000

Judd Gregg (R-NH) $12,000

Mary L. Landrieu (D-La) $11,500

Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) $11,500

Barney Frank (D-Mass) $11,100

Max Baucus (D-Mont) $11,000

Tom Petri (R-Wis) $11,000

Chris Cannon (R-Utah) $10,000

Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) $10,000

Democratic Party of North Dakota $10,000

John Ensign (R-Nev) $10,000

Jerry Lewis (R-Calif) $10,000

John McCain (R-Ariz) $10,000

Nick Rahall (D-WVa) $10,000

Republican Party of Kentucky $10,000

Phil Crane (R-Ill) $9,750

Democratic Party of South Dakota $9,500

Democratic Party of Minnesota $9,000

Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) $9,000

Ron Kind (D-Wis) $9,000

Michael G. Oxley (R-Ohio) $9,000

Roy Blunt (R-Mo) $8,500

Peter Deutsch (D-Fla) $8,500

George Radanovich (R-Calif) $8,500

Bob Smith (R-Fla) $8,160

Joe Baca (D-Calif) $8,000

Dick Durbin (D-Ill) $8,000

Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark) $8,000

Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio) $8,000

Xavier Becerra (D-Calif) $7,523

Bill Thomas (R-Calif) $7,500

Tim Johnson (D-SD) $7,250

Dan Burton (R-Ind) $7,000

Lindsey Graham (R-SC) $7,000

George R. Nethercutt Jr. (R-Wash) $7,000

Tom Reynolds (R-NY) $7,000

Craig Thomas (R-Wyo) $7,000

Democratic Party of New Mexico $6,250

John R. Kasich (R-Ohio) $6,067

Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) $6,000

Rick Renzi (R-Ariz) $6,000

Rick Santorum (R-Pa) $6,000

Arlen Specter (R-Pa) $6,000

Suzanne Terrell (R-La) $6,000

Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) $5,500

Elton Gallegly (R-Calif) $5,500

Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) $5,250

David E. Bonior (D-Mich) $5,000

Tom Cole (R-Okla) $5,000

Jon S. Corzine (D-NJ) $5,000

Democratic Party of Montana $5,000

Phil English (R-Pa) $5,000

Mark Foley (R-Fla) $5,000

J. Randy Forbes (R-Va) $5,000

James V. Hansen (R-Utah) $5,000

Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich) $5,000

Fritz Hollings (D-SC) $5,000

Jay Inslee (D-Wash) $5,000

Thomas P. Keefe Jr. (D-Wash) $5,000

Don Manzullo (R-Ill) $5,000

Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md) $5,000

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) $5,000

Republican Party of New Jersey $5,000

Deborah Ann Stabenow (D-Mich) $5,000

Heather Wilson (R-NM) $5,000

Joe Wilson (R-SC) $5,000

Tom Davis (R-Va) $4,500

Van Hilleary (R-Tenn) $4,500

Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) $4,500

Wayne Allard (R-Colo) $4,000

Shelley Moore Capito (R-WVa) $4,000

Tom Carper (D-Del) $4,000

Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) $4,000

Kent Conrad (D-ND) $4,000

Tom Feeney (R-Fla) $4,000

Chuck Hagel (R-Neb) $4,000

Robin Hayes (R-NC) $4,000

Jerry Kleczka (D-Wis) $4,000

Jon L. Kyl (R-Ariz) $4,000

Sander Levin (D-Mich) $4,000

Robert T. Matsui (D-Calif) $4,000

George Miller (D-Calif) $4,000

Rob Portman (R-Ohio) $4,000

William V. Roth Jr. (R-Del) $4,000

Larry Craig (R-Idaho) $3,500

Kalyn Cherie Free (D-Okla) $3,500

James L. Oberstar (D-Minn) $3,500

Charles J. Melancon (D-La) $3,100

George Allen (R-Va) $3,000

Ann Womer Benjamin (R-Ohio) $3,000

Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) $3,000

Jack A. Blossman Jr. (R-La) $3,000

Norm Coleman (R-Minn) $3,000

Cal Dooley (D-Calif) $3,000

Tom Foley (I-Minn) $3,000

Sam Graves (R-Mo) $3,000

Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) $3,000

Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz) $3,000

John B. Larson (D-Conn) $3,000

Bill McCollum (R-Fla) $3,000

Jim Nussle (R-Iowa) $3,000

David R. Obey (D-Wis) $3,000

Doug Ose (R-Calif) $3,000

Ed Pastor (D-Ariz) $3,000

Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) $3,000

Richard M. Romero (D-NM) $3,000

Brad Sherman (D-Calif) $3,000

John E. Sununu (R-NH) $3,000

James M. Talent (R-Mo) $3,000

Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss) $3,000

J. C. Watts Jr. (R-Okla) $3,000

Max Cleland (D-Ga) $2,500

Frank D. Lucas (R-Okla) $2,500

Grace Napolitano (D-Calif) $2,500

Republican Party of Oklahoma $2,500

Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif) $2,500

Bill Luther (D-Minn) $2,250

Rob Simmons (R-Conn) $2,250

Gene Taylor (D-Miss) $2,250

Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) $2,000

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) $2,000

Rodney Alexander (R-La) $2,000

John Ashcroft (R-Mo) $2,000

Ken Bentsen (D-Texas) $2,000

Dan Boren (D-Okla) $2,000

Charles W. Boustany Jr (R-La) $2,000

Tom Coburn (R-Okla) $2,000

Mac Collins (R-Ga) $2,000

Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn) $2,000

John D. Dingell (D-Mich) $2,000

Doug Dodd (D-Okla) $2,000

Ned Doucet (D-La) $2,000

Lane Evans (D-Ill) $2,000

Sam Farr (D-Calif) $2,000

Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) $2,000

Bill Frist (R-Tenn) $2,000

William L. Gormley (R-NJ) $2,000

Kay Granger (R-Texas) $2,000

Stewart Greenleaf (R-Pa) $2,000

Katherine Harris (R-Fla) $2,000

Melissa Hart (R-Pa) $2,000

Sam Johnson (R-Texas) $2,000

Walter B. Jones Jr. (R-NC) $2,000

Ric Keller (R-Fla) $2,000

John Neely Kennedy (D-La) $2,000

Carl Levin (D-Mich) $2,000

Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark) $2,000

Nita M. Lowey (D-NY) $2,000

Robert Menendez (D-NJ) $2,000

John L. Mica (R-Fla) $2,000

Connie Morella (R-Md) $2,000

C. L. "Butch" Otter (R-Idaho) $2,000

Republican Party of Oregon $2,000

James E. Rogan (R-Calif) $2,000

Craig F. Romero (R-La) $2,000

Adam Schiff (D-Calif) $2,000

Ronnie Shows (D-Miss) $2,000

Adam Smith (D-Wash) $2,000

John Sullivan (R-Okla) $2,000

John E. Sweeney (R-NY) $2,000

Ellen O. Tauscher (D-Calif) $2,000

Billy Tauzin III (R-La) $2,000

Mike Thompson (D-Calif) $2,000

John Thune (R-SD) $2,000

Patrick J. Tiberi (R-Ohio) $2,000

Maxine Waters (D-Calif) $2,000

Curt Weldon (R-Pa) $2,000

Peter DeFazio (D-Ore) $1,500

Norm d**** (D-Wash) $1,500

Jennifer Dunn (R-Wash) $1,500

Elia Vincent Pirozzi (R-Calif) $1,500

John Kerry (D-Mass) $1,400

Henry Bonilla (R-Texas) $1,250

Rick A. Lazio (R-NY) $1,250

Helen Delich Bentley (R-Md) $1,000

Barbara Boxer (D-Calif) $1,000

Sam Brownback (R-Kan) $1,000

Jim Bunning (R-Ky) $1,000

Ken Calvert (R-Calif) $1,000

Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif) $1,000

Rick Clayburgh (R-ND) $1,000

Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) $1,000

John Cornyn (R-Texas) $1,000

Jim Costa (D-Calif) $1,000

Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla) $1,000

Susan A. Davis (D-Calif) $1,000

Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) $1,000

Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) $1,000

John J. "Jimmy" Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn) $1,000

Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) $1,000

Mike Enzi (R-Wyo) $1,000

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) $1,000

Lee Fletcher (R-La) $1,000

Ernie Fletcher (R-Ky) $1,000

Francis E. Flotron (R-Mo) $1,000

Scott Garrett (R-NJ) $1,000

George W. Gekas (R-Pa) $1,000

Carolyn W. Grant (R-NC) $1,000

Felix J. Grucci Jr. (R-NY) $1,000

Sydney Hay (R-Ariz) $1,000

Tim Holden (D-Pa) $1,000

Claude B. Hutchison Jr. (R-Calif) $1,000

Ernest J. Istook (R-Okla) $1,000

Kimo Kaloi (R-Hawaii) $1,000

Catherine Heller Keating (R-Okla) $1,000

Mark Kennedy (R-Minn) $1,000

John Koster (R-Wash) $1,000

Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) $1,000

Joe Lieberman (D-Conn) $1,000

John Linder (R-Ga) $1,000

Jim Maloney (D-Conn) $1,000

Dick Monteith (R-Calif) $1,000

Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo) $1,000

Anne M. Northup (R-Ky) $1,000

Rico Oller (R-Calif) $1,000

David Phelps (D-Ill) $1,000

Bill Redmond (R-NM) $1,000

Republican Party of Wisconsin $1,000

Bob Riley (R-Ala) $1,000

Charles S. Robb (D-Va) $1,000

Jim Saxton (R-NJ) $1,000

Brian David Schweitzer (D-Mont) $1,000

Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala) $1,000

Bill Shuster (R-Pa) $1,000

Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) $1,000

Pete Stark (D-Calif) $1,000

Pat Toomey (R-Pa) $1,000

Gloria Tristani (D-NM) $1,000

Michael R. Turner (R-Ohio) $1,000

John W. Warner (R-Va) $1,000

Derrick B. Watchman (D-Ariz) $1,000

Rick Weiland (D-SD) $1,000

Paul Wellstone (D-Minn) $1,000

Ron Wyden (D-Ore) $1,000

C. W. Bill Young (R-Fla) $1,000

Paul Ryan (R-Wis) $949

Joe Pitts (R-Pa) $894

Bob Borski (D-Pa) $720

Shelley Berkley (D-Nev) $500

Howard L. Berman (D-Calif) $500

Ginny Brown-Waite (R-Fla) $500

Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) $500

Democratic Party of Washington $500

Bob Ehrlich (R-Md) $500

Mark Emerson (R-Utah) $500

Charles R. Gerow (R-Pa) $500

Phil Gingrey (R-Ga) $500

Kirk Humphreys (R-Okla) $500

Barbara Lee (D-Calif) $500

Devin Nunes (R-Calif) $500

Adam H. Putnam (R-Fla) $500

Ed Royce (R-Calif) $500

Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif) $500

Tom Young (R-Ala) $500

Bill Janklow (R-SD) $250


Found reference to them at http://newsbusters.org/node/3465 by poster named "Lisa"

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Lobbyists = legal bribery.

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And not shown, I'll have to go look it all up again to post so hopefully someone's put it all together already... the Biggest beneficiary by virtue of a symbiotic relationship is John McCain, who positioned Campaign Finance to restrict everyone... But Him!!!

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