Campaign 2010

Sep 04, 2008

Will Representative Ric Keller Stand Up & Fight Republicans’ Culture of Corruption?

Flashback alert!  With convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff and disgraced former Congressman Tom DeLay back in the headlines this week, it's as if the Republicans are partying like it's 2005.

 

"House Republicans are desperately telling people that they have changed, but then turn around and go to the convention where convicted and disgraced former Congressman Tom DeLay hosted a lavish party - showing that the Republicans' culture of corruption is alive and well," said Jennifer Crider, Communications Director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "With Jack Abramoff sentenced to four years in jail and Republicans partying with Tom DeLay at the convention this week, it's clear that Minority Leader Boehner is selling snake oil when he talks about his and House Republicans commitment to a high ethical standard. The question is whether Representative Ric Keller will continue to stand with his leadership in support of the Republicans' culture of corruption that was resoundingly rejected by the American people."

 

Today, convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to four years in prison after admitting to, "using luxury golf junkets, expensive meals, skybox tickets and other gifts to win political action on behalf of his clients. The scandal shook Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to Capitol Hill and contributed to Republicans losing control of Congress in 2006."

 

On Tuesday ABC News reported, "Tom DeLay, the former House GOP Majority Leader whose connections to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff brought scandal and disgrace to the Republican Party, returned to the spotlight in Minneapolis last night, helping to host a private party that drew hundreds of delegates and Republican officials."  . . . "‘Why would they welcome back one of the most obvious examples of corruption,' asked Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation, a public interest group monitoring the role of lobbyists at the political conventions."

 

BACKGROUND

 

  • Today, Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff - who became synonymous with House Republicans' Culture of Corruption - was sentenced to four years in prison.

 

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    • "Abramoff admitted using luxury golf junkets, expensive meals, skybox tickets and other gifts to win political action on behalf of his clients. The scandal shook Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to Capitol Hill and contributed to Republicans losing control of Congress in 2006." [AP; September 4, 2008]  http://wcco.com/national/jack.abramoff.prison.2.810348.html

 

 

  • "Tom DeLay, the former House GOP majority leader whose connections to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff brought scandal and disgrace to the Republican party, returned to the spotlight in Minneapolis last night, helping to host a private party that drew hundreds of delegates and Republican officials." ABC News; September 4, 2008] http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/MoneyTrail/story?id=5707463&page=1