January 11, 2006


Dean denies party ties to Abramoff (Donald Lambro, January 11, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean says that Democrats took no money from Jack Abramoff in the lobbying scandal, but a public-interest group official said yesterday that they did accept contributions from the lobbyist's clients, who were trying to buy influence. [...]

The political news wire the Hotline has compiled a list of nearly three dozen Democrats who have received campaign contributions from Abramoff-related tribes. More than a dozen of them to date have refused to give back the money, saying that the contributions were legal.

Leading the list of Democrats is Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, who has received $61,000 in campaign contributions from various donors with links to Abramoff. His office has said he will not return any of the funds because they "were part of lawful fundraising."

Other Democrats listed who have refused to return Abramoff-linked money include Sens. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, Patty Murray of Washington and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Some of the Democratic senators who have returned a portion of the money from Abramoff clients or donated it to charity include Max Baucus of Montana, Maria Cantwell of Washington, and Kent Conrad and Byron L. Dorgan of North Dakota.

All Democrats had to do was get out of the way of this story and let the media carry their water, but they're incapable of even that.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 11, 2006 12:52 PM

Super glue? Get him WD-40.

Posted by: Luciferous at January 11, 2006 1:22 PM

Dean's arrogance makes him think he has to guide the press in a direction that most of the big media outlets are already comfortable in going. So he tries to make the issue completely black & white so the Republicans look as bad as possible and as a result, ends up making claims that are easy to contradict not only by looking at the campaign donation records, but by just quoting back the statements of various Democrats over the past three weeks.

Posted by: John at January 11, 2006 1:44 PM

Take a look at the Center for Responsive Politics chart showing how this money affected both Republicans and Democrats:


Posted by: pchuck at January 11, 2006 1:52 PM