Politicians Still Scoring Points Over Abramoff Scandal
The U.S. Department of Justice investigation into former House Majority Leader Rep. Tom Delay (R-Texas) might finally be over, but the fallout among other political figures over their ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff continues:
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) recently launched a new ad linking his right-wing primary challenger, former Arizona Republican Rep. J.D. Hayworth, to Abramoff. And Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan used McCain’s attacks as a renewed opportunity to hit her Republican opponent Roy Blunt for his ties to the lobbyist-turned-convicted-felon.
Hayworth and Blunt are not the only active politicians to have accepted donations from the tainted lobbyist. In all, 37 current congressional candidates and sitting members of Congress received money from Abramoff, according to a review of campaign finance data by the Center for Responsive Politics.
It’s the same strategy that Republicans are attempting to employ in the case of Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), tying every Democrat who’s received contributions from the embattled representative to his present alleged ethics violations. And with all the mileage that politicians have gotten out of the Abramoff scandal, it looks to be a pretty effective one.
For a full breakdown of all Abramoff’s beneficiaries, the Center for Responsive Politics has a spreadsheet you can download here.