Jack Abramoff’s Clients

JACK ABRAMOFF’S CLIENTS….Indian tribes that hired Jack Abramoff gave money to both Democrats and Republicans. That much is indisputable. But was this money “directed” by Abramoff or was it money that the tribes would have given anyway? Brad DeLong notes that one way to tell is to compare the pattern of pre-Abramoff contributions to post-Abramoff contributions:

For example, the Saginaw Chippewa gave $279,000 to Democrats over 1997-2000, and $277,000 over 2001-2004, after they had gotten into bed with Abramoff. It is a safe bet that *none* of those contributions to Democrats were “directed” by Abramoff. The Saginaw Chippewa gave $158,000 to Republicans in 1997-2000, and $500,000 to Republicans in 2001-2004, after they had gotten into bed with Abramoff. It is a safe bet that $340,000 of those contributions to Republicans were “directed” by Abramoff.

Brad then links to a Bloomberg story that provides further evidence of how Abramoff directed his clients’ money:

Of the top 10 political donors among Indian tribes in that period, three are former clients of Abramoff and Scanlon: the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians of California. All three gave most of their donations to Republicans ? by margins of 30 percentage points or more ? while the rest favored Democrats.

So: Indian tribes usually give most of their money to Democrats, while Abramoff clients ? and only Abramoff clients ? give most of their money to Republicans. Coincidence? I think not.

Surely some enterprising reporter could do this kind of simple analysis for all of Abramoff’s tribal clients? We already know that Abramoff’s personal contributions went 100% to Republicans, and I’ll bet that comparing (a) pre-Abramoff to post-Abramoff contributions and (b) Abramoff clients to non-Abramoff clients would show that the money he “directed” also went almost exclusively to Republicans. We could then finally put an end to the whole “bipartisan scandal” charade.

Perhaps Jeff Gerth can atone for his sins by cranking out five or ten thousand words on the subject?

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