Reed and Norquist

From Scout:

From WaPo

The report includes new details about some of Abramoff’s activities, including his collaboration with former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and conservative strategist Grover Norquist. The Senate report recommended that the Senate Finance Committee investigate the use of tax-exempt organizations “as extensions of for-profit lobbying operations.”

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The report traces Abramoff’s business dealings with Reed, who is running for Georgia lieutenant governor, and Norquist, the prominent conservative thinker and anti-tax advocate. Both are longtime Abramoff friends who became involved in his work for Indian tribes. Reed conducted grass-roots anti-gambling campaigns against casino initiatives that would rival those of Abramoff’s clients; Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform served as a “conduit,” according to the committee, to move money from Abramoff’s gambling clients to Reed’s Christian groups while taking a small cut.

The report cited interviews with Mississippi Choctaw and Louisiana Coushatta tribal representatives. Reed “did not want to be paid directly by a tribe with gaming interests,” said Choctaw official Nell Rogers. “It was our understanding that the structure was recommended by Jack Abramoff to accommodate Mr. Reed’s political concerns.”

And Abramoff tried to drown the investigation in the bathtub…

After the first articles about Abramoff’s dealings were published in The Washington Post in 2004, the lobbyist asked his tribal clients for help in derailing McCain’s probe. Choctaw representative Rogers told the committee that “Abramoff asked me if I would ask the Chief to approach Sen. McCain and suggest that each of the tribes, since they had their own police departments and courts, conduct their own internal investigations.”