Someone in today’s gaggle must ask Little Scottie when Chimpy plans to return the campaign contributions of Jack Abramoff, who as a “Bush Pioneer” in 2004 raised more than $100,000 for the Bush campaign.
Denny the Meatpuppet is returning his share of the dirty money, what is Chimpy doing with his?
Hours after Abramoff pleaded guilty to conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion charges, House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) announced that he will donate to charity the tens of thousands of dollars that he has received from Abramoff’s Indian tribe clients.
And former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) called on House Republicans to elect a new majority leader to permanently replace Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.), Abramoff’s most powerful ally in Washington, who faces a trial on unrelated criminal charges of violating Texas campaign laws.
“Unequivocally, the House Republicans need to select a new majority leader in late January or early February,” said Gingrich, who cited revelations in The Washington Post that a public advocacy group organized by DeLay associates had been largely financed by Russian energy interests.
In November, The Post detailed a fundraiser held by Hastert at one of Abramoff’s restaurants that netted from the lobbyist’s law firm and tribal clients at least $21,500 for the speaker’s political action committee. Since then, numerous lawmakers from both parties have returned such donations, but only yesterday did Hastert join the line.
“While these contributions were legal, he believes that it is appropriate to donate the money to charity,” said Ron Bonjean, Hastert’s spokesman