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Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Ties That Bind: Wilson & Abramoff & Safavian & Cunningham & DeLay

SafavianMore evidence of Rep. Heather Wilson's ties to the Jack Abramoff scandal emerged this week. On Tuesday, David Safavian (right), an Abramoff crony and former member of the Bush administration, was convicted for obstruction of justice as part of the wide-ranging Abramoff investigation. Wilson's campaign has accepted money from both Safavian and Abramoff, as well as the now jailed former California Congressman, Duke Cunningham, and the indicted and disgraced former House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay. Peas in a pod?

According to campaign reports, Wilson got these amounts from Republican members of the culture of corruption:

  • David Safavian: $500
  • Tom DeLay: $46,959
  • Duke Cunningham: $5,000
  • Jack Abramoff: $1,000

Safavian was Bush's top federal procurement official in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he was responsible for setting purchasing policy for the entire government. Previously, he was chief of staff for the General Services Administration (GSA). Wikipedia provides an excellent summary of his career, his ties to Abramoff and others and the charges for which he was convicted. Excerpt:

On June 20, 2006, Safavian was found guilty by a jury in federal court on four of five felony charges. He was found guilty of lying to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, lying to a GSA ethics official, lying to the GSA's Office of Inspector General, and obstructing the work of the GSA inspector general. Safavian was cleared of of obstructing the committee's investigation.

WilsonbuckIf you accept money from the sleazy Abramoff pay-for-play A-team, does that make you a part of the scheme? I think it does. The corrupt, influence-buying methods of the Abramoff-DeLay cabal were an open secret in Washington and beyond for years. Could Wilson have been naive about what they were doing? Hardly. And yet she took the tainted money and kept almost all of it. To date, she's reported returned only $10,000 of the money from DeLay. The rest remains in her coffers.

Abramoff2_1What Abramoff, Safavian, DeLay and others constructed was a massive web of corruption and payoffs with strands stretching far and wide -- including into the Heather Wilson campaign. By all accounts the conviction of Safavian is only the tip of the iceberg, the first of many anticipated indictments and convictions against the Republican corruption machine. More will undoubtedly be revealed.

(Safavian photo credit: Melina Mara/twp - The Washington Post)

June 22, 2006 at 10:43 AM in Candidates & Races, Ethics & Campaign Reform | Permalink


This is the stuff we need to put out there, AS IF the public is paying attention to any of it.

Heather has got to go.

Posted by: bg | Jun 22, 2006 11:02:00 AM

Wilson tries to act like she is "independent" of the Bush administration and the Repub crooks but Bush's fundraiser last week for her and her financial ties to the Abramoff network say otherwise.

She is a wolf in fake sheep's clothing.

Posted by: Old Dem | Jun 22, 2006 11:13:17 AM

I have personally submitted letters to the editor on the money ties that Wilson has to the culture of corruption, needless to say they just don't get published.

Posted by: VP | Jun 22, 2006 1:42:30 PM

It's amazing how many letters to the editor the Albuquerque Journal won't print. Their editorial pages are filled with letters backing the right wing agenda.

As for Wilson, her goose is cooked. Once in awhile she votes on our side when she believes it will help her win votes but 90 percent of the time she votes for the worst Bush and the Republican Congress have to offer.

She stands there smiling sweetly, but she is a snake underneath.

Posted by: a reader | Jun 22, 2006 3:48:25 PM

We need more Letters to the Editor. The mainstream media can't keep Wilson's ties to the DC Culture of Corruption under wraps forever. The more people write, the more pressure the newspapers will feel.

Posted by: More Letters! | Jun 22, 2006 4:23:21 PM

Yes we need more letters and more people talking to their friends about how bad Heather really is. Many people don't seem to know how close she is to Bush and his bad policies that hurt people and environment all over the world. This is our best chance ever to get rid ofWilson once and for all but we all have to work hard to get people to register, vote and help Madrid's campaign. Now or never!

Posted by: El Norte | Jun 23, 2006 9:43:17 AM

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