Will it stick this time? To Delay that is.posted by Ron Beasley at 2/26/2005 12:13:00 PM
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The Raw Story reports that the National Journal will have an article today reporting that Tom (the bugman) Delay has once again been caught with his hand in the forbidden cookie jar.
National Journal has obtained a copy of an expense voucher that Abramoff filed the law firm where he was then a leading lobbyist, Stone reports.Will it stick? There are rumblings that many Republicans have had about enough of Delay's nonsense and are beginning to look at him as a liability. He who lives by hubris eventually dies by hubris. Is the "bugman's" time up?
"Among the big-ticket expenses that Abramoff listed for reimbursement was a bill for the DeLays at the Four Seasons Hotel in London in the amount of $4,285.35," Stone writes. "The voucher shows that the total reimbursement for expenses was $13,318.50. For some reason, it shows that both Abramoff and Buckham were owed that amount.
"The voucher shows that Abramoff was accompanied by DeLay and his wife; Hirschmann and her husband; and Ed Buckham, DeLays former chief of staff who had also become a lobbyist," Stone continues.
"Abramoff's voucher lists the purpose of the trip as "client relations" and names "MS Choctaw" as the client account to which the expenses were allocated," Stone notes. "At the time, Abramoff and Preston Gates were representing the Mississippi Choctaws, a tribe that runs casinos. "
Stone notes that Abramoff and his wife personally have personally contributed $40,000 to DeLay's campaigns and his political action committee in the last eight years, citing the Center for Responsive Politics.
House rules stipulate that members or members' employees cannot accept payment from a registered lobbyist to cover travel costs.