Federici Pleads

The latest guilty plea in the Jack Abramoff scandal came yesterday, as Italia Federici admitted her tax evasion and obstruction of Congress. TalkLeft discussed Federici's connection to Abramoff and former Deputy Secretary of the Interior Stephen Griles here.

As head of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, Federici, 37, had close ties to senior Interior Department officials, including former Interior Secretary Gale Norton. Founded by Federici and Norton in 1997, CREA is a nonprofit group that touts Republicans' environmental accomplishments and criticizes established environmental groups like the Sierra Club.

According to the plea agreement, Abramoff and his clients donated half a million dollars to CREA.

Federici also admitted to failing to pay $77,243 in taxes she owed on the $233,955 she earned between 2001 and 2003 as head of CREA.

You have to love the name Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy. Federici was an advocate for herself, her boyfriend Griles, and Abramoff. The environment, not so much.

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    Restoring Honor and Integrity to the White House (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by john horse on Sat Jun 09, 2007 at 08:54:18 PM EST
    Federici now joins former Secretary of the Interior Griles, Congressman Ney, Will Heaton, Adam Kidan, Tony Rudy, Michael Scanlon, Roger Stillwell, Neil Volz and Mark Zachares as having plead guilty in the Abramoff scandal.  In addition David Safavian was convicted, Congressman Doolittle and Congressman Tom Feeney are under investigation

    In the Duke Cunningham scandal, Richard Berglund, Congressman Cunningham and Mitchell Wade have all plead guilty.  Officials indicted include former esecutive Director of the CIA Foggo, john Michael, and Brent Wilkes.  
    (see TPM Docket for details)

    Now aren't you glad that Bush has restored honor and dignity to the White House?