Can’t Put the Abramoff Toothpaste Back in the Tube

Great commentary at Indianz.com on the members of Congress who are now falling all over themselves to return the Abramoff money they worked so hard to get.

The money that Abramoff and associates funneled…already bought the access, consideration, help, favors and votes it was meant to buy. Giving away money won’t undo whatever these politicians did to earn support from Abramoff and his clients.

Members of Montana’s congressional delegation have joined politicians elsewhere in attempting to distance themselves from Abramoff.

This is silly and entirely for show.

The money that Abramoff and associates funneled to Burns, Baucus and Rehberg, et al, already bought the access, consideration, help, favors and votes it was meant to buy. Giving away money won’t undo whatever these politicians did to earn support from Abramoff and his clients.

For that matter, the money itself has been spent. “Returning” money to Abramoff’s clients or “donating” it to third parties qualifies now as a new campaign expense – more or less like buying an ad that proclaims, “We’re not in this guy’s pocket – honest.” Where’s this money going to come from? That’s right – from other lobbyists or big-money donors who will have their own demands, expectations and strings to pull.”

The editors also left a message for readers explaining there will be light posting until after New Year’s.

…we wish you a happy holiday season to you, your family and all of your lobbyists

One comment

  • lois tsoodle.
    January 18, 2006 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    Why do the politications take monies that is not theirs . But like to dictate onwhat you do with it after they have had their fun with the monies they took from the people. The monies they give the people should be spent the way they want, but the way the people want.

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