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Jack Abramoff…

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The gift that keeps on giving.

Jack Abramoff, convicted lobbyist and GOP insider, continues to contribute to the prison population.  His coterie of corrupt Republicans (redundant, I know) continue to fill the cells of prisons across America.  They are making one more cell available for another Republican caught up in Abramoff’s web of corruption.

Ex-GSA Official Sentenced In Abramoff-Related Case

A former top White House official was sentenced Friday to a year and a day in federal prison for obstructing justice and lying to officials and investigators about a lavish golf trip to Scotland and his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

It was the second time that David H. Safavian, a former chief of staff at the General Services Administration, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman on a conviction stemming from a federal probe of Abramoff’s illicit lobbying activities. In 2006, Friedman sentenced Safavian to 18 months, but the underlying conviction was thrown out last year by an appeals court.

Prosecutors retried Safavian. He was convicted in December on charges of lying to a GSA ethics officer, obstructing a GSA investigation into the 2002 golf trip and lying on financial disclosure forms about its costs. He was also convicted of making false statements to an FBI agent.

Don’t worry about Mr. Safavian.  He won’t be alone.  He will be joining these fellows:

  • Adam Kidan(former Abramoff business partner), was sentenced in Florida in March 2006 to nearly six years in prison for conspiracy and fraudin the 2000 purchase of the Fort Lauderdale-based SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet.
  • Bob Ney, (former Rep.) R-Ohio, sentenced in January to 2 1/2 years in prison, acknowledged taking bribes from Abramoff. Ney was in the traveling party on an Abramoff-sponsored golfing trip to Scotlandat the heart of the case against Safavian.
  • Italia Federici, co-founder of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and obstruction of a Senate investigation into Abramoff’s relationship with officials at the Department of Interior.
  • Mark Zachares, former aide to Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, pleaded guilty to conspiracy. He acknowledged accepting tens of thousands of dollars worth of gifts and a golf trip to Scotland from Abramoff’s team in exchange for official acts on the lobbyist’s behalf.
  • Michael Scanlon, a former Abramoff business partner and DeLay aide, pleaded guilty in November 2005 to conspiring to bribe public officials in connection with his lobbying work on behalf of Indian tribes and casino issues. He is cooperating with investigators.
  • Neil Volz, a former chief of staff to Ney who left government to work for Abramoff, pleaded guilty in May 2006 to conspiring to corrupt Ney and others with trips and other aid.
  • Roger Stillwell, a former Interior Department official, was sentenced to two years on probation in January after pleading guilty to a misdemeanorcharge for not reporting hundreds of dollars worth of sports and concert tickets he received from Abramoff.
  • Steven Griles, (former Deputy Interior Secretary) the highest-ranking Bush administration official convicted in the scandal, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. He admitted lying to a Senate committee about his relationship with Abramoff, who repeatedly sought Griles’ intervention at Interior on behalf of Indian tribal clients.
  • Tony Rudy, lobbyist and one-time aide to DeLay, pleaded guilty in March 2006 to conspiring with Abramoff. He is cooperating with investigators.
  • William Heaton, former chief of staff for Ney, pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge involving a golf trip to Scotland, expensive meals, and tickets to sporting events between 2002 and 2004 as payoffs for helping Abramoff’s clients.
  • That is a boat load of Republican Rascals.   The one that needs to round off this rogue’s gallery though, is Tom DeLay.  In the meantime, one can only marvel and applaud the catastrophically corrupt administration that GW Bush put together. 

    You did a heck of a job, Georgie.

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