Campaign 2010

Oct 01, 2008

DCCC Releases New Ad on Feeney’s Corruption Scandal

 

The DCCC today released a new ad on Representative Tom Feeney's (FL-24) corruption scandal and ongoing FBI investigation.  The ad can be viewed here: http://dccc.org/content/races/fl_24.  Feeney still refuses to come clean about his connection to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and details about his 2003 golf junket to Scotland.  Feeney's trip was no rookie mistake, given that Feeney has been named as one of the most corrupt Members of Congress four years running.

 

"Tom Feeney continues to hide from questions about his scandalous relationship with a corrupt lobbyist and refuses to answer why he still remains part of an FBI investigation," said Kyra Jennings, DCCC Southern Regional Press Secretary.  "Feeney has clearly put his own interests and special interests above the priorities of middle class Floridians and this November he will be held accountable for his unethical behavior."

 

Background:

 

  • Feeney Has Not Come Clean on the Cost of His 2003 Scotland Trip

Feeney reimbursed the government $5,643 to cover the cost of the trip, but court documents released in early 2007 showed that the total cost of the trip was actually around $160,000 or about $20,000 per person. [Florida Today, 4/26/07]

 

  • Feeney Has Not Come Clean on Abramoff Sponsoring the Trip
    Feeney falsely claimed that the 2003 Scotland golf junket was sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research. But an e-mail sent by Abramoff's assistant to Feeney's executive assistant told Feeney to report the trip was sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research at a cost of $5,643 per person. According to court documents, another recipient of the e-mail said he knew the expense details for the Scotland trip were lies coordinated by Abramoff. [St. Petersburg Times, 4/26/07]

 

  • Feeney Has Not Come Clean on His 2003 Scotland Trip Being Paid For by Abramoff's "Slush Fund"

In January 2007, Feeney said he was "duped and lied to" about what he thought was a fact-finding trip with Abramoff.  Documents obtained by the Orlando Sentinel on Thursday from the Senate Indian Affairs Committee show that Abramoff's personal charity, Capital Athletic Foundation, paid $150,226.32 for a "Scotland fundraiser" in 2003.  [Orlando Sentinel, 4/27/08]

 

  • Feeney Has Not Come Clean on Seeking a Rule Change for Abramoff's Clients

In 2003, Feeney wrote a letter to the Energy Department to oppose changes to a federal program that was also opposed by Atofina Chemicals, a client of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. [St. Petersburg Times, 4/29/07]

 

  • Feeney Voted to Stop Ethics Committee Investigation into Abramoff

In 2006, Feeney voted in favor of two motions to kill a proposal that forced the House Ethics committee to immediately begin an investigation into members of the House embroiled in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal.  [HRS762, Vote #87, 4/05/06; HRS 746, Vote #76, 3/30/06]

 

  • Feeney Has Been Named One of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress for 4 Years

The nonpartisan ethics watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has named Tom Feeney one of the Most Corrupt Members of Congress every year they have issued their annual list.  [http://www.crewsmostcorrupt.org]