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December 12, 2005

Patty - Some Explanations Would Be Helpful

The Washington Post has a chart up on the top contributors and the top recipients of the Abramoff corruption machine.  Patty Murray is number 9 on the list, Harry Reid is number 10.  Not good.   Of course the majority of the folks on the Abramoff gravy train were Republicans but I really don't like seeing Murray's name up there and I think that she and Patrick Kennedy, #2 on the list, and Harry Reid need to clarify the situation pronto.

I have nothing but admiration and respect for Senator Murray and I really hope there is an innocent explanation and one that can be easily and quickly explained to the people of Washington State and the people of this country.

The media has been saying that both the Republicans and the Democrats are in this together.  It's just the way the game is played.  That's nonsense and spin. 

Those of us who pay deeper attention to the issues understand that we are in a different game these days.  The Republicans are deeper into corruption than Democrats or earlier Republicans ever were. Plus, with the "K-Street Project" going strong for the last decade and Republicans controlling the House, the Senate and the Whitehouse, there is really not much point in bribing Democrats. It is truly a 'culture of corruption' and we want to pin that on the Republicans as part of the argument for taking back the House and Senate in 2006.  This WAPO list makes it harder for us to do that.

Which brings us to why Patty's name is up there.  We need to know.

UPDATE:  The AP is reporting that Senator Byron Dorgan, Democrat from North Dakota, is returning the money he received from Abramoff's clients directly to them.  Dorgan, is #13 on the list of recipients of Abramoff money according to the WAPO list:

The top Democrat on the Senate committee investigating Jack Abramoff's Indian lobbying is returning $67,000 in donations in response to Associated Press reports that he collected tribal money around the time he took actions favorable to those Abramoff clients.

While Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., never met Abramoff and didn't take any actions at the lobbyist's behest, he nonetheless wants to return the money to avoid any appearances that tribal money was directed to him by the controversial lobbyist, his office said Tuesday.

That's the ticket.  Not even the appearance of impropriety.  Senator Murray?


Posted by Lynn Allen on December 12, 2005 at 09:10 AM in Inside Baseball | Permalink


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I contacted Senator Murray's office and they will get back to me on whether or not she will be following Senator Dorgan's lead in this matter.

What I did glean is that there were no skybox fundraisers with Senator Murray. I should hear more by tomorrow on next steps.

Posted by: Aneurin | Dec 14, 2005 1:24:16 PM

Thanks for making that call. Please do let us know what you hear. I always assumed she was clean on the "corruption" angle of the Abramoff money. I just think that perception is everything when this much money is involved and we need to be squeaky clean if we're going to call the Republicans on it.

Posted by: Lynn | Dec 14, 2005 1:34:24 PM

I looked through the FEC docs, and there's nobody there who's involved in the investigations. There is, however, money from tribes and law firms, both of whom Abramoff has worked with/for, and both of whom have historically given to Senator Murray with or without Abramoff's urging. I think the definition of "Abramoff money" has been stretched a bit to include any money from any associate of any kind of Abramoff's.

Posted by: switzerblog | Dec 15, 2005 1:24:33 PM


Thanks for doing that piece of research. In the meantime, Harry Reid has said just the same thing you did - the WAPO research net caught up legitimate tribal donations to folks like him (and I suspect Patty) at the same time it caught up the money that went to buy votes and launder money. Nevertheless, I think it bears discussing.

Posted by: Lynn | Dec 19, 2005 10:45:15 AM

These were the clients that have done business with Jack Abramoff lobbying firm. Abramoff himself have not given one dime to Patty Murray and Harry Reid. It is not surprising that Native American Gambling companies would donate to the senator's from Washington and Nevada considering both states has large casinos.

Posted by: Jacob Metcalf | Dec 19, 2005 11:24:48 AM

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