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Opinion: Lobbyist scandal goes all the way to Bush


"The purpose of this paper is to connect the above dots, revealing a pattern of associations and payments that begins with Congressman Tom DeLay and ends up on the very doorstep of President Bush�s re-election campaign.

The largest single flow of monies into the DeLay nexus is from the set of six Indian tribes who �hired� Jack Abramoff and Mike Scanlon to help promote the tribes� interests. Talk about letting the fox in the hen house! So far the tally of funds that they managed to extract from the tribes is at $66 million and counting. This is the amount estimated by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to have been paid to Scanlon alone. Much of this was kicked back to Abramoff, who also received millions directly from the tribes as well.

Only relatively modest amounts of those monies have thus far been traced to Tom DeLay and his PACs, or to major Bush supporters. However, there is enough evidence to draw monetary links among some of these major political players.

Final result: Indian casino money has helped to elect two governors, and is contributing to the attempted re-election of President George W. Bush."

Get the Story:
The Bush-DeLay-Indian Casinos Campaign Money Laundering Operation (OpEdNews 10/15)

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