Bush will NOT return Abramoff money
Jack Abramoff may not have pioneered any new tricks as a dirty lobbyist but he did have the distinction of becoming a Bush Pioneer by "bundling" over $100,000 worth of contributions to Bush's reelection.
And contrary to screaming headlines that Bush was to return the dirty contributions, he's, well, not returning most of it; nothing but the $6,000 that came directly from Abramoff's pocket and from the Saginaw Chippewa tribe of Michigan. Julia has the quotes:
"A Republican National Committee spokeswoman, Tracey Schmitt, said the money Abramoff raised as a 'pioneer' for the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign would be kept. 'There is nothing to indicate that those contributions reflect anything but support for the re-election campaign,' she said."No indication, are you for real? It's so hard to tell whether people were smiling or on the verge of laughter when their words are on the web.
Julia then lists a slew of reasons why Abramoff associates may have wanted to keep Bush and crew in the White House. They'd paid good money for this connection and were simply out to protect their investments.
But returning the money simply isn't enough. How many and which policies were purchased with this money? Which debates were effected? Which votes were underwritten by Abramoff cash? Returning the money's a good start, but that's all. In typical Bush fashion, he isn't even taking the first step like a man. (Hullabaloo)
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