Thursday, January 05, 2006


Bush to Give Up 6% of Abramoff-Tainted Funds

You just have to skip down to the Washington Post story's 10th paragraph to discover this fact. Lead:
Bush to Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 5, 2006; Page A01

Republican Party officials said yesterday that President Bush will give up $6,000 in campaign contributions connected to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, joining an expansive list of politicians who have shed more than half a million dollars in tainted campaign cash.
Hey, sounds good - the President is giving up that tainted money. Except, of course, he didn't give up very much if you read the whole story. What Paul Harvey would call "page 2" comes in around the 10th paragraph:
Abramoff raised more than $100,000 for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, making him an honorary Bush "Pioneer." But the campaign is giving up only $6,000, which came directly from Abramoff, his wife and one of the Indian tribes the lobbyist represented. The money will be donated to the American Heart Association.
(Washington Post, Bush to Give Up $6,000 In Abramoff Contributions [emphasis added.])
I guess it would be too "reality-based" to expect the $100,000 figure to show up where it might get noticed by Joe Voter...


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