Abramoff Pleads Guilty in Florida
Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty today in Florida.
The plea agreement calls for a maximum sentence of just over seven years, but that sentence could be reduced if Abramoff cooperates fully and would run simultaneously with whatever sentence is imposed in the Washington corruption case. The remaining four counts in the Florida indictment will be dismissed.
Other big Abramoff news today is that the Bush reelection campaign is turning over $6,000 it took from Abramoff to charity.
Abramoff raised at least $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney '04 re-election campaign, earning the honorary title "pioneer" from the campaign. But the campaign is giving up only $6,000 directly from Abramoff, his wife and one of the Indian tribes that he worked to win influence for in Washington. The money is being donated to the American Heart Association.
Also giving up money received from Abramoff: Tom DeLay and Roy Blunt:
The Texas Republican received at least $57,000 in political contributions from Abramoff, his lobbying associates or his tribal clients between 2001 and 2004. DeLay is now awaiting trial in Texas on charges of laundering campaign money used in races for the state legislature.
Blunt, a Missouri Republican whose political action committee received $8,500 from Abramoff between 1999 and 2003, plans to give that much to charity, a spokeswoman said.
The Department of Justice has this press release up on yesterday's Abramoff plea. Check here for newer DOJ press releases The Washington Post has a nice chart called Copping a Plea. Howard Kurtz does a wrap of yesterday's blog coverage.
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