Jack Abramoff

Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) to head RNC?

CNN is reporting that Senator Mel Martinez (R-FL) might be new Republican National Committee chair. Can't they pick someone without a connection to Jack Abramoff or a brewing campaign finance scandal?

 

Martinez is embroiled in a scandal involving PBS&J, a Florida-based contractor that receives lots of government largesse:

 

Pombo's Got Problems

Rep. Richard Pombo (R-CA), fighting a tougher-than-anticipated re-election battle, is getting hammered on his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, as this analysis of our new ad and the activities of another group shows the growing demand for answers about Pombo's relationship with the influence-peddler and his involvement with Abramoff's Marianas Islands activity.

Collection of Corruption

On the front page of today's Washington Post: will the growing collection of scandals in which their members are involved cost Republicans the House?

 

New ad up in Wyoming

Last week, I told you about Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-WY) threatening to slap her opponent for daring to call her on her Abramoff and Tom DeLay PAC donations. Today, I bring you the ad we're running in her home state of Wyoming:

 

From Ney's Pleading Docs

Bob Ney admitted that Jack Abramoff bribed him to lobby Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL) when Martinez was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

 

So what?

 

Well, within a month of leaving HUD to run for the U.S. Senate, Mel Martinez was treated to a $250,000 fundraiser, hosted by Abramoff. What do you think Martinez did for Jack? [Keep the tips coming!]

NPR Cites Reed Ads

NPR's Peter Overby analyzes the implications of Ralph Reed's loss, and cites our ad holding Reed accountable. Note: Overby attributes the ad to our sister organization, Public Campaign. Public Campaign Action Fund's Campaign Money Watch project was responsible for the ad.

Breaking: Reed trying to buy race with Abramoff money

Unrepentant Ralph Reed just "loaned" himself $500,000 for his bid for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. With the primary next Tuesday, and will polls showing the race a nail-biter, Reed must be getting nervous.

 

Reed-Abramoff emails hit the fan

The National Journal is getting set to release a story with additional email traffic between Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff, according to an advance copy acquired by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway. In one email from Reed to Abramoff, the now candidate from lieutenant governor agrees to help Abramoff in exchange for additional clients:

 

Reed Pocketed $5.3 Million

The New York Times has more on the $5.3 million Ralph Reed made off of Jack Abramoff's Indian casino scam, plus another great photo from that Scotland golfing junket - a tableau of sleaze and pleated khakis.

Jack Abramoff's Lawyer Proposes Reform

Abbe Lowell, a lawyer at Chadbourne and Parke LLP, has made a career out of representing the corrupt. He represented former Illinois Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (D) and The Torch, former New Jersey Senator Bob Torricelli (D). He's currently Jack Abramoff's lawyer.