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January 4, 2006

The Smear Worked

-- by Dave Johnson

As for the Abramoff scandal having an effect on Republicans, see Wenesday's front page of the San Jose Mercury News. The third picture under "Lawmakers under suspicion" is Senator Harry Reid. He is "under suspicion" because he received a contribution from the VICTIMS of the fraud for which Abramoff was indicted. Below that is "Others in Abramoff's Top 20." Even though 100% of Abramoff's contributions were to Republicans, the top 20 lists several Democrats as "individual recipients of Abramoff's fundraising, and does not explain what it even means.

The story is "balanced" -- The scandal proves that Democrats are just as bad as Republicans. They all do it. Proof that government is bad. Don't vote. Every single Republican strategic narrative is reinforced.

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 4, 2006 9:46 PM

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And as observed at First Draft, the White House and Bush compaign, in donating only the funds received directly from Abramoff, have on their part taken the position that funds received from Abramoff's clients do not cast suspicion on the donee, as those client's are not guilty of any "wrongdoing".

Posted by: E-mart at January 5, 2006 8:13 AM

>>Subject: Abramoff Cash went to 40 democrat Senators
>>Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2006 12:54:29 EST
>>
>>Nearly ninety percent of Senate Democrats took money linked to disgraced
>>"Republican" lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to a list compiled by the
>>Republican National Committee.
>>
>>Though reporters continue to insist that the Abramoff imbroglio is "a
>>Republican scandal," 2008 Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary
>>Clinton took more than $12,000 in tainted cash.
>>
>>Compared to the party's 2004 standard bearer, however, she's a piker.
>>John Kerry raked in nearly $100,000 in Abramoff-linked donations.
>>
>>In fact, 40 of the party's 45 U.S. senators made the Jack Abramoff
>>dishonor roll, including:
>>
>>. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), who received at least $22,500 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Evan Bayh (D-IN), who received at least $6,500 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), who received at least $1,250 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), who received at least $2,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who received at least $20,250 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), who received at least $21,765 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), who received at least $7,500 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY), who received at least $12,950 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), who received at least $8,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ), who received at least $7,500 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), who received at least $14,792 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND), who received at least $79,300 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who received at least $14,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who received at least $2,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), who received at least $1,250 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who received at least $45,750 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI), who received at least $9,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Jim Jeffords (I-VT), who received at least $2,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD), who received at least $14,250 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA), who received at least $3,300 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator John Kerry (D-MA), who received at least $98,550 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who received at least $28,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Pat Leahy (D-VT), who received at least $4,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), who received at least $6,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT), who received at least $29,830 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) Received At Least $14,891 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), who received at least $10,550 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), who received at least $78,991 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL), who received at least $20,168 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) Received At Least $5,200 in Abramoff-linked
>>cash.
>>
>>. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), who received at least $7,500 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), who received at least $2,300 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), who received at least $3,500 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), who received at least $68,941 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator John Rockefeller (D-WV), who received at least $4,000 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO), who received at least $4,500 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), who received at least $4,300 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who received at least $29,550 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who received at least $6,250 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>
>>. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), who received at least $6,250 in
>>Abramoff-linked cash.
>>---------------------

Posted by: lindsay at January 7, 2006 3:07 PM

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