Monday, January 02, 2006

DeLay Took Russian Money for Helping to Increase the US Taxpayer Financed Bailout of the Russian Economy

From WaPo,

"The U.S. Family Network, a public advocacy group that operated in the 1990s with close ties to Rep. Tom DeLay and claimed to be a nationwide grass-roots organization, was funded almost entirely by corporations linked to embattled lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to tax records and former associates of the group.

During its five-year existence, the U.S. Family Network raised $2.5 million but kept its donor list secret. The list, obtained by The Washington Post, shows that $1 million of its revenue came in a single 1998 check from a now-defunct London law firm whose former partners would not identify the money's origins.

Two former associates of Edwin A. Buckham, the congressman's former chief of staff and the organizer of the U.S. Family Network, said Buckham told them the funds came from Russian oil and gas executives. Abramoff had been working closely with two such Russian energy executives on their Washington agenda, and the lobbyist and Buckham had helped organize a 1997 Moscow visit by DeLay (R-Tex.).

The former president of the U.S. Family Network said Buckham told him that Russians contributed $1 million to the group in 1998 specifically to influence DeLay's vote on legislation the International Monetary Fund needed to finance a bailout of the collapsing Russian economy."

2 Thoughts:

Blogger pawlr said...

If Abramoff cops a plea, look out below. Dozens of congresspeople could get tossed out on their asses. Grab the popcorn.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 6:42:00 AM  
Blogger pawlr said...

Bingo!

Tuesday, January 03, 2006 12:05:00 PM  

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