Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Money-Mad Pirates

Jack Abramoff, the Corruption-in-Chief, has caved, and Lord Knows how many he is likely to bring down once he cooperates with prosecutors.

The plea deal opens the prospect that Abramoff could provide testimony about members of Congress and congressional staffers in a wide-ranging political corruption investigation focused on his lobbying activities.

Abramoff is scheduled to appear at 12:15 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Washington to plead guilty to three counts charging him with conspiracy, honest services fraud and tax evasion, said Bryan Sierra, a spokesman for the Justice Department.

Abramoff had been facing trial on fraud charges Jan. 9 in Miami in connection with the purchase of a Florida casino cruise-ship company. His co-defendant in that case, Adam Kidan, agreed last month to plead guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud and to testify against Abramoff.

This guy gave money most to Republicans, so they have a lot to fear, but there are plenty of Democrats that are entangled with the dirty lobbyist as well. DeLay's current legal troubles may get worse if Abramoff flips and puts out dirty laundry on him, as the two have been associated for a long time.

Abramoff's travels with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay are already under criminal investigation. The lobbyist's interactions with the Texas Republican's congressional office frequently came around the time of campaign donations, golf outings or other trips provided or arranged by Abramoff for DeLay and other lawmakers. In all, DeLay received at least $57,000 in political contributions from Abramoff, his lobbying associates or his tribal clients between 2001 and 2004.

Bob Ney (R-OH) and Max Baucus (D-MN) look to be involved as well. This deal will lead to quite a lot of embarassments, and as midterm election year 2006 is just getting underway the revelations will keep on coming, just at the right time so people won't forget when they run across corrupt incumbents at the ballot box.

UPDATE: DCeiver over at Wonkette has appropriately dubbed this event Abramoffukkah. I guess it's the Festival of Indictments!