Abramoff Coverage by The Post
The Post stands by its reporting that Jack Abramoff directed campaign money to some Democrats.
Abramoff was one of Washington's most prominent Republican lobbyists and his political pedigree and alliances were overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. No Democrats are among the half-dozen lawmakers who The Post's sources say are under scrutiny by the Justice Department. Abramoff convinced a number of casino-rich Indian tribes that had been historically Democratic donors to expand their political giving and to make most of their contributions to the GOP.
However, as reported in several Post stories since 2004, Abramoff also built links with the other party, as most lobbyists do. He hired a few Democrats onto his lobbying staff. He turned over his sports stadium boxes to some Democrats to use for fundraising events. Representatives of tribes including the Saginaw Chippewas, the Tiguas of El Paso and the Agua Caliente Band testified in Congress that Abramoff told them how much to give to specific lawmakers and party committees. The lists he sent to the Indian tribes included some Democrats and Democratic party groups, according to copies of the lists obtained by The Post and according to tribal members familiar with Abramoff's operation. More than a dozen Democrats, including Sens. Byron Dorgan (N.D.) and Max Baucus (Mont.) have returned donations from Abramoff clients and associates, citing the scandal.
Here are some of the stories that touch on those points:
Papers Show Tribe Paid to Try to Sway Bill, Nov. 18, 2004
Casino Bid Prompted High-Stakes Lobbying, March 13, 2005
Abramoff Witness Frustrates Panel, Nov. 18, 2005
Dorgan Tangled in Abramoff Web, Dec. 5, 2005
-- Post Editors