Abramoff’s GOP Anti-Environment Galpal Italia Federici Charged


Another associate of imprisoned former GOP uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been indicted. Italia Federici, who served as the president for an anti-enviroment group, Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy (CREA), has been charged with tax evansion and obstruction of justice.

Federici is charged with failing to pay more than $77,000 in federal income tax and for making “false and fictitious” statements during her testimony before a Senate committee in 2005.

Federici’s lawyers say she will plead guilty to both charges.

You may recall that Federici flaked on the first hearing before the Indian Affairs Commmittee she’d been called to attend, much to the anger of the chairman, Sen. John McCain. When she finally did attend, she evidentally lied through her teeth.

What we learned about Federici and CREA back then offered a thoroughly disgusting window in the ugliness of the conservative mindset, especially as regards the environment:

The “favors” Italia Federici performed for Abramoff’s clients usually involved making requests to her friend Steven Griles, who was a deputy interior secretary.

Whatever she did for Abramoff, it had little or nothing to do with the activities or purview of CREA, which was founded by anti-tax whack job Grover Norquist and Gale Norton before she became interior secretary.

Its pedigree is squeamish-making and, sure enough, CREA’s role seems to be to support the GOP’s efforts to rape and pillage Mother Earth as quickly as possible. Headlines for recent news releases on their website sound like talking points from Tom DeLay’s office: “ANWR Passage an Important Part of Energy Diversity” and “[Endangered Species Act] Reform Victory in the U.S. House.”

CREA appears to be a very light organization, without even the incumbrance of rent. It’s listed address is a mail drop.

In March 2007, Stephen Griles, the former oil industry lobbyist who was — naturally — second-in-command in George Bush’s Interior Dept., pleaded guilty to lying about his relationship with Abramoff.

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  • June 7, 2007 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    She didn’t do anything! Clinton did it! Why is she taking the fall for Clinton????

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