Friday, May 6

Hey, Look! Another Rich Guy Buys Political Favors 

The great thing is these guys see nothing wrong with this. The AP tells us:
"In President Bush's first 10 months, GOP fundraiser Jack Abramoff and his lobbying team logged nearly 200 contacts with the new administration as they pressed for friendly hires at federal agencies and sought to keep the Northern Mariana Islands exempt from the minimum wage and other laws, records show.

The meetings between Abramoff's lobbying team and the administration ranged from Attorney General John Ashcroft to policy advisers in Vice President Dick Cheney's office, according to his lobbying firm billing records.

Abramoff, a $100,000-plus fundraiser for Bush, is now under criminal investigation for some of his lobbying work. His firm boasted its lobbying team helped revise a section of the Republican Party's 2000 platform to make it favorable to its island client.

Let's see, raise $100k for Bush, get meetings and staff people in the administration, get your Island expemption for having to pay people minimum wage. Yes, this guy spent well over $100,000 to make sure people couldn't get paid a minimum wage.

One more time - he spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to make sure people couldn't earn minimum wage.

He also got $2 million in federal aid.

In addition, two of Abramoff's lobbying colleagues on the Marianas won political appointments inside federal agencies"

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