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Complaint drafted for Ney's role in Tigua scam

A watchdog group that prepared the ethics complaint against House Majority DeLay (R-Texas) and is suing the National Indian Gaming Commission for information about the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal has prepared another complaint against Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) for his role in scamming the Tigua Tribe of Texas.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says Ney may have broken several laws by taking money from the tribe in exchange for inserting language into a bill to reopen the tribe's casino. Ney was willing to go forward but the effort failed when Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) said he knew nothing about it.

Tribal leaders testified that Abramoff and his partner Michael Scanlon duped them into paying $4.2 million for the campaign. In a subsequent profile in The New York Times, Abramoff denies scamming the tribe, instead placing the blame on Dodd ("then all of a sudden, he changed!") and accusing Ney of being "crazy" for distancing himself from the controversy. Ney "was on the phone [with the Tiguas] for an hour and a half!'' Abramoff said.

The scam was the subject of a November 17 hearing before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Get the Story:
Ney complaint in search of a filer (The Hill 5/17)
Tribe's lawyer says Republican operatives lied about 'greasing' Dodd (The Manchester Journal Inquirer 5/16)

Relevant Documents:
Complaint | Complaint Summary | Exhibits

Relevant Links:
Rep. Bob Ney -
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -

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