By the way, kudos to DNC research for this story.
Tonight, Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is in a Los Angeles county jail after being indicted on five counts of fraud relating to their purchase of SunCruz, a fleet of gambling ships in Florida in September 2000.
Abramoff, a Bush pioneer who raised over $100,000 for the Bush 2004 re-election campaign and thousands more for Republican candidates for Congress and other offices, and who is being separately investigated in a case in which he defrauded Indian tribes of millions of dollars which ended up in the campaign coffers of Tom DeLay and other Republican congressmen, and partner Adam Kidan, bought SunCruz for $147 million from founder Gus Boulis. Amid bitter legal fighting over the sale, Boulis was shot to death five months later in 2001 what police called a hit.
That case has not been solved but police are now questioning Abramoff and Kidan in connection to the murder.
Now here is where it gets interesting. Republican Congressman Bob Ney of Ohio, on March 30, 2000, put pressure on Boulis to sell by entering a statement into the Congressional Record attacking Mr. Boulis and in support of Abramoff, who raised thousands of dollars for the Congressman. Why would a congressman from Ohio go so far as to use his official power to pressure a participant in a private business deal in Florida? Was it the money? If in fact Abramoff and Kidan are tied to the murder of Gus Boulis, will the Republicans in Congress who have received money from him, and President Bush, return the money as tainted? They haven't said they would yet, with the indictments out today against Mr. Abramoff and Mr. Kidan (who the police are still looking for as of this writing?)