It’s Hard Out There For A Sexually-Ambiguous Faux Christian

From Holden:

Poor Ralph Reed.

A Texas Native American tribe filed suit Wednesday alleging that ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and their associates engaged in fraud and racketeering to shut down the tribe’s casino.

The Alabama-Coushatta tribe, which contributed $50,000 to Jack Abramoff’s non-profit, the Capitol Athletic Foundation (CAF), filed the first civil lawsuit in federal court in the influence peddling scandal, in Austin, Texas.

The lawsuit alleges Abramoff, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and their associates engaged in fraud and racketeering to shut down the tribe’s casino and alleges the defendants defrauded the tribe, the people of Texas and the Legislature to benefit another of Abramoff’s clients — the Louisiana Coushatta tribe — and “line their pockets with money.”

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The court filing also names Abramoff’s ex-business partner Michael Scanlon, a former aide to former Rep. Tom DeLay, R-TX; Neil Volz, a former aide to Rep. Bob Ney, R-OH; and Jon Van Horne, Abramoff’s former colleague at his law and lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig.

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The $50,000 contributed by the tribe from Livingston, Texas, actually paid for a portion of an August 2002 golf junket to Scotland which included Abramoff, Rep Bob Ney, R-OH, Ralph Reed and recently convicted former White House procurement officer, David Safavian.

At the time of the trip, Ney was seeking a legislative solution to assist the Alabama-Coushatta and another Texas tribe, the Tigua of El Paso re-open their shut-down casinos. The legislation was never enacted.

Less than a week after the Scotland trip, representatives of the Tigua met with Ney at his office on Capitol Hill on August 14th.