Updating The Perp Walk II
But enter Wikipedia, that invaluable resource, which is not only tracking the matter rountinely (the last update was Nov 8 as of now) but has a good clear list of the people who would be the targets if things really get sticky:
House majority leader Tom DeLay--of course, he is the Poster Child of the Perp Walk
Ohio congressman Bob Ney--how can you not cheer for the Home Team? The latest to be summoned for questioning! Ohio wins by a nose. (Or maybe a Noe.)
Senator Conrad Burns (R, Montana) --"As the chair of the Interior Subcommittee on Appropriations, Burns received over $136,000 in campaign contributions through Abramoff and then directed $3 million to the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, an Abramoff client and one of the wealthiest tribes in the country."
David Safavian, of the Presidential Office of Management & Budget--arrested and charged with lying to investigators--Wikipedia describes OMB as a "stop and think" agency. I guess Dave should have stopped and thought about what he was going to say.
Timothy Flanigan, former White House Deputy Counsel--immediately hired Abramoff to lobby for his employer, Tyco Corporation, which now alleges it was defrauded in the matter.
J. Steven Griles, Deputy United States Secretary of the Interior--"Abramoff claims in emails sent in 2002 that Griles had pledged to block an Indian casino that would compete with one of his clients."
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) --also mentioned as a confidant in Abramoff's e-mails.
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) -- accused by the Chocktaws of working with Abramoff to stop them from building a casino.
Congressman Tom Feeney (R-FL) --was on Abramoff's famous illegal Scottish golf trip.
Congressman Richard Pombo (R-CA) --nice fat contributions from our favorite lobbyist, which he, so far, has not returned.
Congressman Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) --who explictly refuses to give his contibution from Abramoff back. Didn't you ever catch The Sopranos? They're used to these things in New Jersey.
New Jersey State Sen. William Gormley (R-Atlantic) --"got $1,000 from Abramoff when Gormley was running for the U.S. Senate in 2000." Not yet returned to anyone's knowledge.
New Jersey Republicans Globally --A total of $220,000 since 1995. Think globally, Act locally!
Congressman Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) --A New Jersey politician with more savvy than usual, who is supposed to be returning his contribution from Abramoff since the good lobbyist starting being so radioactive in the Washington Post this August.
Congressman Jim Saxton, (R-N.J.) --another savvy New Jersey politician who's already given back his share of the lobbyist lucre.
Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) --the last of only three Washington figures to return Abramoff's campaign contributions.
Edward Miller, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich's (R-MD) deputy chief of staff --Subpoenaed to testify before a Federal Grand Jury. We've recently seen where that can lead.
Oh, yes and there are a couple of Democrats tangled up in the net:
Congressmen James Clyburn (D-SC) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) --Of course Democratic Congressmen don't have much clout these days.
Quite a lineup, don't you think? And you thought I was exaggerating when I spoke of an avalanche in the offing!