Jack Abramoff went to prison today, but not before fingering the new Senate Majority Leader, Sen, Harry Reid. Abramoff, the bad news moneyman who's shady dealings put the brakes on several Republican election campaigns, claims Reid took in excess of $30,000 in campaign contributions from Indian gaming clients of Abramoff. A source for ABC News says the contributions "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."
Reid, through his spokesfolk, essentially defends himself with, 'Listen to me carefully, because I'm only gonna say this once. I did not have a fiduciary relationship with that man - Jack Abramoff!' (Actually, I just made that up. Now that I'm part of the 'loyal opposition', I am neither bound by facts, nor propriety. I can make stuff up and you Dems can only defend against the outrages. Y'all should have thought of that before you went and won the mid-term elections.)
As convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff reported to federal prison today, a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors.
A spokesperson for Reid, elected yesterday as the Senate Majority Leader, said the senator had done nothing illegal or unethical.
"We have no idea what Abramoff is telling prosecutors to save his skin, but I do know that these kind of old allegations are completely ridiculous and untrue," Sen. Reid's spokesman Jim Manley told ABC News.
A source close to the investigation says Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff's clients "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."
The AP [Associated Press]also reported that Abramoff's billing records showed extensive contact with Reid's office over a three-year period in which Reid collected more than $68,000 from Abramoff's firm, partners and clients.
Read more of the ABC News, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz report here.
Now, what have we learned here, buckaroos? The Washington crowd and the press will puzzle over this for quite some time and I think we can shorten the puzzle time - POLITICIANS ARE CRIMINALS! GET USED TO IT!
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