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September 26, 2005

The Real Story

In case it isn't clear (and clearly it isn't) Josh Marshall states the obvious today in plain language about Abramoff and his gang:

"He was a key player in a very big political machine and he was managing a slush fund."

Read the whole post. In case you still can't connect the dots Josh lays it out pretty simply - Abramoff would charge millions with the promise of his access and influence, and then turn around and funnel that money out to the likes of Reed, Norquist, and possibly even Rove. This is about as big a story as there is - to me rivaling Watergate and any other real or imagined scandal that I can remember. As nearly the whole federal government seems to be packed with political appointees and campaign advance men, it will be very interesting to see if the few independent people left in the DOJ and the SEC and other bodies will ever take these guys down.

Posted by afinta at September 26, 2005 04:50 AM


Such things are not limited to the political circles in Washington.

In Germany the former Chancellor Kohl has been reprimanded, but not prosecuted, for accepting anonymous donations which, in all probability, influenced his decisions as Chancellor. To date he has refused to reveal exactly who provided the extra cash, or who was involved with the secret bank accounts in other countries.

On the otherside, a former minister has recently been extradited back to Germany and tried for accepting bribes revolving around an arms deal. Again, linked with Kohl, the promise was of influence in a specific matter. Sadly for the person paying out the cash, the minister involved had no influence whatsoever, but he still got to keep the money.

Will anything come of the cases in the USA? Not if the Republican party wins the elections in 2008.


Posted by: Pi. [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 26, 2005 05:33 AM

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