Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Norquist Watch

"Barf Bag" is babbling again:

...party strategist Grover Norquist lambasted three Republicans who broke party ranks over the issue of judicial filibusters. He referred to them as "the two girls from Maine and the nut-job from Arizona" – Sens. Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe and John McCain.

I might point out that, unlike Grover, the "nut-job from Arizona" actually served his country, where Barf Bag is trying to destroy it. And Norquist's angst about McCain may have more to do with the growing scandal ol' Barf Bag finds himself embroiled in:

Jack Abramoff, who lobbied for the Tribe, and Michael P. Scanlon, whose Capital Campaign Strategies public-affairs firm worked for the Tribe, are at the center of a growing Washington lobbying scandal. The scandal ultimately may engulf such leading conservative figures as House Majority Leader Tom Delay of Texas, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed and Americans for Tax Reform leader Grover Norquist.

The Saginaw Chippewas paid Abramoff about $4.5 million, and Scanlon more than $10 million over two years. That's part of the nearly $80 million the pair collected from six different Tribes, all with highly profitable gambling operations.
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These e-mails also detailed how Tribal clients funneled money through Norquist's anti-tax group to Reed's fundamentalist Christian groups. Members of those groups, who had no idea their campaign was funded by gambling profits, worked against gambling expansion that would have competed against Abramoff and Scanlon's clients.

The "nut-job from Arizona" happens to be the head of the Senate committee investigating this vile little scheme. Hm.

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