Thursday, August 14, 2008

John McCain NEWS: The man who brought Jack Abramoff down is using his lobbyist in fund raising!

OY VEY! - love those lobbyists! Especially Ralph Reed. I remember it all too well.

Abramoff scandal figure helps McCain * Reed assisting Republican with fundraising effort
Associated Press • August 14, 2008 • From Lansing State Journal

WEST BLOOMFIELD - A political strategist tied to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal is helping raise money for John McCain, urging Georgia Republicans to attend a fundraiser for the presidential candidate in Atlanta.

Ralph Reed, former director of the Christian Coalition, touted himself as a member of McCain's "Victory 2008 Team" in an e-mail that solicited donations on McCain's behalf. The Republican National Committee is hosting the fundraiser set for an Atlanta hotel Aug. 18.

A House investigative committee in 2006 found Reed interceded with the Bush White House to help some of Abramoff's clients. Reed's public relations firm also received $4.2 million from Abramoff to mobilize Christian voters to fight the opening of casinos that could compete with Abramoff's Indian tribe clients.

Reed later said he regretted the actions, which contributed to his 2006 Republican primary loss in a bid to be Georgia's lieutenant governor. Abramoff went to prison for conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion.

McCain led a Senate investigation into Abramoff's dealings with Indian tribes, which included information about his ties to Reed.

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