Friday, November 03, 2006

Chabot Lies Again! And Cranley Knocks Him Out...



From the Cranley Campaign:

State of Denial: Chabot & The Jack Abramoff Orbit = $250K +
--Chabot denies any direct or indirect money from Abramoff Orbit--

Like Steve Chabot’s denial of giving billions in corporate welfare to oil companies despite all the proof that he did, Steve Chabot is telling people in Cincinnati the opposite of what he did in Washington on another subject – the Jack Abramoff culture of corruption.

Chabot went to Washington, running on the Republican Contract with America promising to clean-up congress: “to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives” and “to end its cycle of scandal and disgrace.” However, the Republican-controlled congress took a very different path. Steve Chabot joined his party in voting to loosen ethics rules, allowing more trips to be paid for by private interests and by changing the rules to protect Tom DeLay.

(SOURCES: The Republican Contract with America; H. Res. 5, Vote #4, 1/07/03; “Let them eat pizza!”, CBS News, 1/08/03; “Republican Revolution Fades,” USA Today, 1/22/03; “Loosening the rules,” USA Today, 5/20/05; “GOP to reverse ethics rule blocking new DeLay probe,” The Washington Post, 4/26/05; HR 5 Vote #6 1/4/05; HR 213 Vote #106 4/14/05; HR 241 Vote #145 4/27/05; Conservative News Service, 3/25/99; “House Republicans Act to Protect DeLay,” The Washington Post, 11/18/04)

Yesterday, on a 1230 AM WDBZ talk show, Steve Chabot was asked if he ever took any direct or indirect money from Jack Abramoff. Chabot denied that he had, despite a mountain of proof and previously admitting that he did.

Transcript:

- Caller: How are you today? Congressman Chabot let me, let me premise [sic] this. My son works on your campaign, I believe that you're going to win this race, but I have some, a couple real pointed questions.
- Chabot: Sure.
- Caller: Have you ever received, directly or indirectly, any monies from Jack - Abramoff or Tom Noe?
- Chabot: No.
- Caller: No to either one of those?
- Chabot: No to either of them.


It is outrageous that Chabot would say this. It is well-documented that Chabot has taken money from Abramoff’s clients, Abramoff’s partners, and from clients of Abramoff’s partners. The Associated Press even singled-out Steve Chabot for being one of 33 lawmakers who took official action for Abramoff clients, then got money from Abramoff clients. (“Lawmakers who wrote letters, got money,” The Associated Press, 11/17/05) Chabot even publicly gave up a small portion of the money he took from Abramoff clients. (“Chabot to pass money to charity”, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 1/07/06)

Steve Chabot needs to be honest with the people of the First District.

JACK ABRAMOFF’S ORBIT

Money Steve Chabot took for his campaigns from the Abramoff Gang
(source: FEC reports; Lobbyist Registration Forms; House Travel Forms)

1. Jack Abramoff
(convicted of corruption of public officials)
“Lawmakers who wrote letters, got money”, AP wire, 11/17/05
Clients of Abramoff who contributed to Chabot

$1,000 Chippewa Saginaw Indians**
03/01/04

$1,000 Agua Caliente Band of Indians**
07/30/03

$1,000 Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians*
10/18/02

$1,000 Agua Caliente Band of Indians**
10/18/02

$1,000 Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians*
05/15/02

$500 Pitney-Bowes
10/14/98

$1,000 Preston Gates
10/29/03

$1,000 Preston Gates
12/29/01

$500 Preston Gates
06/30/99

$300 Preston Gates
08/24/98

$500 Preston Gates
03/14/98

$500 Microsoft
06/29/98

Total: $9,300

Cumulative: $9,300

* = Also listed on Rudy’s lobbyist report
** = Also listed on Volz lobbyist report

2. Michael Scanlon

(pled guilty to corruption charges)

“Impeachment managers website to aid vulnerable republicans”, Conservative News Service, 03/29/99

“Politics”, Washington Post, 05/09/99 (est’d that Delay’s ROMP PAC, administered by Scanlon, would raise $200,000 - $500,000 for former impeachment managers)

Total: $200,000 +

Cumulative: $209,300 +

3. Tony Rudy
(pled guilty to conspiracy)

“Impeachment managers website to aid vulnerable republicans”, Conservative News Service, 03/29/99

Clients of Rudy’s who contributed to Chabot

$1,000 Time Warner Pres. Reed*
09/16/04

$1,000 United Parcel Service*
08/18/04

$4,000 American Bankers Association*
08/11/04

$1,500 Microsoft*
07/28/04

$2,000 Microsoft*
03/01/04

$1,000 Nat’l Auto Dealers Assn.*
06/22/05

$4,000 Nat’l Auto Dealers Assn.*
09/30/04

$1,000 Nat’l Auto Dealers Assn.*
08/17/04

$3,000 Nat’l Auto Dealers Assn.*
02/06/04

$1,000 Nat’l Auto Dealers Assn.*
10/31/03

$5,000 Nat’l Auto Dealers Assn.
09/29/02

Total: $24,500
Cumulative: $233,800 +

* = Also listed on Buckham’s lobbyist report

4. Neil Volz (pled guilty to conspiracy)

Contributions to Chabot:

$500
Neil Vol
05/01/03

Total: $500
Cumulative: $234,300 +

5. David Safavian (convicted of corruption)

Contributions to Chabot

$250
David Safavian
06/26/00

$250
David Safavian
03/28/00

Total: $500
Cumulative: $234,800 +

6. Ed Buckham (Dept of Justice investigating; named as un-indicted co-conspirator)

Clients contributions to Chabot

$500
Enron
06/28/99

$1,000
AT&T
11/06/03

$1,000
AT&T
06/17/03

$1,000
AT&T
07/05/02

$1,500
AT&T
12/29/01

$1,000
AT&T
10/25/01

$1,000
AT&T
06/22/01

$1,000
AT&T
05/18/01

$500
AT&T
10/25/00

$1,000
AT&T
09/30/00

$1,000
AT&T
06/30/00

$1,000
AT&T
03/04/00

Total: $11,500

Cumulative: $246,300 +

7. Korea-US Exchange Council

The Korea-U.S. Exchange Council is registered as a foreign agent and Steve Chabot accepted a trip from them from 6/26/04-7/01/04. The Council was formed by the lobbyist firm Alexander Strategy Group, run by Rudy and Buckham.

[“S. Korean Group Sponsored DeLay Trip”, The Washington Post, 3/10/05]

That trip was worth $7,742.

GRAND TOTAL: $254,042 +

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