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Resource ID: #22639
Subject: Corruption
Source: Associated Press
Date: 2005-12-20



The AP reporters revealed that lawmakers of both parties used frequent flier miles for airline tickets bought by lobbyists to pad their own mileage totals and to secure free travel. They exposed Bill Frist's controversial stock transaction, which prompted the SEC's insider trading probe and scrutiny of how the GOP Senate leaderused an AIDS charity to enrich his inner political circle. They also documented how Tom DeLay and his successor as House Majority Leader, Roy Blunt, orchestrated a carousel of donations that enriched their personal causes. Furthermore, they showed how DeLay underwrote more than a million dollars in luxury travel to Caribbean resorts, five-star restaurants and exclusive golf courses with political donations. Finally, they revealed that nearly five-dozen lawmakers in both parties wrote letters, sponsored legislation and made other official acts for Jack Abramoff's clients while simultaneously collecting money from them.

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