Palin’s Lobbyist Tied to Abramoff
ANCHORAGE — Wow, here’s a great catch over at TPMmuckraker. It turns out that Steven Silver, the lobbyist Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin hired to hustle federal earmarks for her hometown when she was mayor, once worked for the now-disgraced Jack Abramoff:
But Silver appears to have additional ties that could further undercut Palin’s image as a squeaky-clean reformer. According to Senate lobbying disclosure reports examined by TPMmuckraker, from 2002 to 2004 Silver listed as a client Jack Abramoff’s lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig.
The muckrakers also note that this is not the first time Abramoff’s ties have made their way up here:
Last year, Mark Zachares, a former aide to [Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)], pleaded guilty to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in gifts from Abramoff in return for using his position to advance Abramoff’s goals.
So far, though, Young has stayed two steps away from that scandal.