"biggest scandal in Congress in over a century"

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In the wake of Jack Abramoff’s guilty plea to three felony counts (conspiracy, mail fraud, and tax evasion), ThinkProgress has posted a “comprehensive look” at the Abramoff scandal: “Abramoff: The House That Jack Built.” The New York Times referred to the Abramoff situation as the “biggest scandal in Congress in over a century,” and it looks like that assessment is right on the money. (Given the nature of the corruption, I couldn’t resist the pun.)

Lest anyone cry that the investigation into this massive corruption is a partisan affair, several Democrats have been implicated as well: Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Harry Reid (D-NV) have accepted donations from Abramoff's clients--but not, unlike Republicans, from Abramoff himself. The fact that the overwhelming majority of l’Affaire Abramoff is on the GOP side of the aisle in no way excuses Democrats; if they want to win back Congress this November, they have some housecleaning to do as well.

update (01.04.2006 at 09:59)

John at AmericaBlog observes in “What was that about Abramoff giving money to Democrats?” that the Abramoff donations/bribes are indeed skewed to the right. The FEC (Federal Election Commission) data shows:

$172,933 - Republican
$88,985 - special interest
total: $261,918

That's 229 donations and not a DIME to Democrats.

(The AmericaBlog post has links to the sites that aggregated the data, if you’re interested in the details.)

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