Friday, September 23, 2005

Abramoff Claimed Ties to Administration

Now this is interesting. The Abramoff Investigation continues to dig up more and more disturbing connections between the Republican party (and the Administration) and just about every corporate scandal out there. Ugh, this is the kind of thing I'm trying to cover more of - lobbyist brags about his influence and uses it to push specific, destructive agendas.

To summarize, Democrats wanted to deny federal contracts to those who dodge paying their fair share of taxes by incorporating to shell offshore companies (a view which I agree with), and this was blocked because of the times between lobbyists and the Bush administration. Which is particularly disgusting right now, when we are looking at our huge budget overruns and worrying about how we are going to pay for the reconstruction of NOLA. Jesus, every other day something like this comes out.

Rove, of course, is in the middle of this:

Rove's personal assistant at the time, Susan Ralston, formerly worked as Abramoff's secretary. It could not be learned yesterday whether she was among those contacted by any of the 14-person Greenberg team recorded as working on the Tyco account.

Jack Abramoff bragged two years ago that he was in contact with White House political aide Karl Rove on behalf of a large, Bermuda-based corporation that wanted to avoid incurring some taxes and continue receiving federal contracts.

I'm just disgusted today. Why do we even bother to have a government when they don't care about us?

Posted by crimnos @ 11:38 AM