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Wednesday, January 04, 2006 

NewsMeat has list of Abramoff briberys

$172,933 = Republican
$88,985 = special interest
total: $261,918
That's one long list of Corrupt Republicans.

Chris Matthews is also implicated in Abramoff scandal. No wonder his reporting is all skewed. There are a couple of FoxNews reporters implicated too but - does any expect less? Kos weighs in here.

As far as the religious right, they're not above inpropriety either. Those implicated include:
  • Rev. Lou Sheldon, founder of the California-based Traditional Values Coalition
  • Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition
  • Rabbi Daniel Lapin's, Seattle based Orthodox Jewish foundation, Toward Tradition
From Talk to Action.

While it is not clear that Reed, Sheldon and Lapin did anything illegal; it is certainly clear that their organizations all received funds from eLottery and that they worked with Abramoff to defeat the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act -- a bill that was supported by the Christian Coalition, Moral Majority, and James Dobson of Focus on the Family.

The corruption probe may prove that a number of Members of Congress were for sale. It may have already proved that some leaders of the Religious Right are for sale as well -- although that may not be illegal.

I guess this should be fun to watch. But my bet is that - Maybe one or two low lying fruit get sacrificed while the biggest crooks wiggle away with a boatload of our tax dollars on to a happy retirement or even higher office. There is already a whiff of stank in the air surrounding this prosecution.

You may also want to read these informative diaries:
and from the WashingtonPost: The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail