a comprehensive list of keriks shortcomings:
mr. volz goes to washington (and narrowly avoids jail)
by paul kiel
- october 8, 2007, 10:09am
, who recently was [color=#aa0000]sentenced to probation
for accepting bribes while a staffer with ex-rep. bob ney (r-oh) and giving bribes while working with jack abramoff, [color=#aa0000]explained
to the columbus dispatch
this weekend how it all fell apart. the short version: moral scruples are no match for sweet court-side tickets:
rep. don young (r-ak): [color=#aa0000]$183,785
so far, young has [color=#aa0000]spent
$447,000 on the law firms akin gump strauss hauer & feld and tobin o'connor ewing & richard (the vast majority of which is spent on akin gump). he's [color=#aa0000]under investigation
for his relationship with bill allen, former ceo of oil-services firm.
rep. rick renzi (r-az): [color=#aa0000]$111,042
renzi has paid around $148,000 to law firms patton boggs llp and steptoe & johnson llp (primarily on patton boggs). renzi remains [color=#aa0000]under investigation
by the fbi for pushing legislation that would advantage political supporters and former business partners. his house was [color=#aa0000]raided
by the fbi this past april. renzi has announced that he will not seek another term.
rep. jerry lewis (r-ca): [color=#aa0000]$26,982
lewis has spent over $987,000 on the law firms gibson, dunn & crutcher and williams & jensen. he is [color=#aa0000]being investigated
for earmarks that he provided to campaign contributors, as well as his role in the duke cunningham scandal.
rep. dennis hastert (r-il): [color=#aa0000]$17,627
the former house speaker has spent $436,000 thus far on the law firm mckenna long & aldridge. he [color=#aa0000]was investigated
by the house ethics committee for his role in preventing the foley scandal from coming to light.
rep. john doolittle (r-ca): [color=#aa0000]$4,807
since april of 2006, doolittle's campaign committee has spent $130,000 on the law firm wiley, rein & felding. he is [color=#aa0000]under investigation
for his ties to jack abramoff. doolittle’s wife was sporadically employed by abramoff, and the fbi raided the couple’s virginia home, where her office was located. she continues to be paid for fundraising work, even as doolittle’s campaign account falters. this past quarter, she was [color=#aa0000]paid
another $45,000 – and the campaign still owes her $31,471 with only $38,000 in total funds remaining.
ex-rep. mark foley (r-fl): [color=#aa0000]$150,752
foley has spent $843,000 thus far on the law firm zuckerman spaeder, llp. he was being investigated by the fbi and florida state authorities for inappropriate actions and communications last year involving his underage house pages, though recent reports have suggested that the florida investigation is "[color=#aa0000]almost done
this is not posted as a hit piece. rather it is a sampling of where my reaction to corruption came from.