Daily Kos: Bush and Abramoff, sitting in a tree...

Bush is in deep with the GOP's bag man -- law

Bush and Abramoff, sitting in a tree...
by kos
Wed Jan 18, 2006 at 11:25:12 AM PDT

Texas Observer:

Four months after he took the oath of office in 2001, President George W. Bush was the attraction, and the White House the venue, for a fundraiser organized by the alleged perpetrator of the largest billing fraud in the history of corporate lobbying. In May 2001, Jack Abramoff's lobbying client book was worth $4.1 million in annual billing for the Greenberg Traurig law firm. He was a friend of Bush advisor Karl Rove. He was a Bush "Pioneer," delivering at least $100,000 in bundled contributions to the 2000 campaign. He had just concluded his work on the Bush Transition Team as an advisor to the Department of the Interior. He had sent his personal assistant Susan Ralston to the White House to work as Rove's personal assistant. He was a close friend, advisor, and high-dollar fundraiser for the most powerful man in Congress, Tom DeLay. Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President.

There's been a lot of talk about the visits Abramoff made to the White House. McClellan had actually promised at one point to reveal more information about the contacts. But as they scoured their records, it looks like they found embarrassing information. Because as of now, the White House has clammed up

Daily Kos: Bush and Abramoff, sitting in a tree...


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