Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Last One Off the Raft Is a Sunk Rat

El Presidente is returning $6,000 in campaign contributions linked to Jack Abramoff. "Abramoff raised at least $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney '04 re-election campaign, earning the honorary title 'pioneer' from the campaign. But the campaign is giving up only $6,000 directly from Abramoff, his wife and one of the Indian tribes that he worked to win influence for in Washington." This, according to the Associated Press.

Tom DeLay, who received at least $57,000 with Abramoff strings, will give up an unspecified amount to charity.

Roy Blunt, R of Missouri who took over the Majority Leader's role from the indicted DeLay, received $8,500 from Abramoff and plans to give that amount to charity.

North Carolina Congressman Charlie Taylor got $3,000 from Abramoff, and fellow Republican Walter "Freedom Fries" Jones got $1,250. No word yet from Taylor & Jones about returning the money.

But by tomorrow at this time, expect the list of those fine, upstanding congresspeople returning Abramoff bucks to have grown considerably longer.

If guilt had a face...

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