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Stop me if you've heard this one.

Rep. Tom Feeney, Republican, former Speaker of the Florida House, running-mate of Jeb Bush and all around GOP foot soldier, is in trouble again.

This time, according to the St. Petersburg Times, the FBI is checking-up on Fenney's cozy relations with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. In particular, the feds are looking into a gold-star, elitist, all expenses paid golfing junket Feeney and Abramoff took to Scotland in 2003.

According to the story, Feeney has said for years he had no idea Abramoff paid for the trip.  But this smoking gun email that connects Abramoff to Feeney and this trip blows that lie apart.

The email itself can be seen here.

A news story on the developing scandal and investigation is here.


According to this new email, not only did Feeney know, he grossly underestimated the cost of the trip -- a scant $5,600.


Actually, the swanky golf outing cost closer to $20,000 per person!


And now the feds are on the case. Yikes.

Originally posted to DerekTNG on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 09:32 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Juicy!!! (5+ / 0-)

    "I got seven MAC-11s, about eight 38s , nine 9s, ten MAC-10s -the s**ts never end!" - Biggie Smalls

    by brooklynbadboy on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 09:28:35 AM PDT

  •  Hoping (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    pattyp, Tigana, Michael Schiavo

    I'm hoping he runs again.

    This scandal won't really be as juicy against his appointed successor.

  •  Isn't Feeney the one... (4+ / 0-)

    who supposedly asked Clint Curtis if his company could produce software that could alter the elections?  

    Let's keep digging.

    The meek shall inherit nothing. -F.Zappa

    by cometman on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 09:32:37 AM PDT

  •  Help beat Feeney (1+ / 0-)
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    PrgrsvArchitect

    by supporting the Dem challenger, Clint Curtis.

    What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. - Albert Pine

    by pattyp on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 09:32:44 AM PDT

  •  I think the word BREAKING (5+ / 0-)

    should only be applied to stories about Republicans not lying. Now that would be news.

    "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." ~ Diderot

    by Bouwerie Boy on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 09:36:58 AM PDT

  •  Oh, and by the way... (2+ / 0-)
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    Michael Schiavo, MKinTN

    What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. - Albert Pine

    by pattyp on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 09:37:30 AM PDT

  •  Hmm (0+ / 0-)

    Renzi, Doolittle, and Feeney all in hot water in the same week. Who resigns first? I can't decide.

    Day the Nominees Are Decided: February 5, 2008

    Day of Champagne: November 4, 2008

    Day of Relief: January 20, 2009

    Day the World Explodes: TBA

    by Nathaniel Ament Stone on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 09:39:59 AM PDT

  •  the real smoking gun (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Michael Schiavo

    from the article you cite:

    an e-mail obtained by the St. Petersburg Times on Wednesday shows that Abramoff's office sent specific instructions on how to report the trip expenses to a handful of people, including Feeney's congressional assistant.

    The e-mail from Holly Bowers, Abramoff's then-assistant, instructs recipients to say a conservative think tank, the National Center for Public Policy Research, paid for the trip at a cost of $5,643 per person.

    Like JMM says, dropping like flies...

    "People hate Bush and hate this war. It's that simple, and it's been true for quite some time" - Atrios

    by atrexler on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 09:43:48 AM PDT

  •  Dedication (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Michael Schiavo

    The term "culture of corruption" used to describe the GOP should be updated to "dedicated to corruption".

  •  The email was also sent to Bob Brooks (0+ / 0-)

    He surfaced in a Washington Post story that went deep into the Abramoff Scandal weeds:

    McCrery, in whose district the Jena now planned to build, wanted to introduce "a bill to address the Jena issue," according to an e-mail Leger Short sent in May to Abramoff. She wrote that "Bob" sent her a draft bill, which she circulated for reaction, and said she was to meet with him the following day.

    "Bob," Leger Short said in an interview last week, was Bob Brooks, McCrery's chief of staff, who went on a golfing trip to St. Andrews in Scotland later that summer with Abramoff. Brooks did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

    And the McCrery of the story is Rep. Jim McCrery, R-Shreveport, LA. Last year Brooks resigned under a cloud:

    McCrery aide resigns amid lobbyist scandal

    Bob Brooks, who got embroiled at the periphery of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, is stepping down as chief of staff to Rep. Jim McCrery, R-Shreveport. Brooks will be replaced by Brett Loper, the top aide to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, who is under his own ethical cloud. Brooks did not return telephone calls for comment. His name continues to surface in the unfolding Abramoff influence-peddling scandal because he accepted a golf trip to Scotland in 2003 that was reportedly paid for by the lobbyist. At the time, Abramoff was representing a Louisiana Indian tribe seeking to block a rival casino in McCrery's district. Brooks has said he thought the trip was paid for by a conservative foundation, but the group said it had nothing to do with it. Loper found himself out of a chief of staff's job for DeLay when the veteran lawmaker was forced to step down from his House leadership post after a Texas grand jury indicted him last year on money laundering charges. Loper confirmed that he was taking over Brooks' duties starting Monday. Brooks is expected to join a Washington lobby shop. Under House rules, he will be prohibited from lobbying for a year. If things go his way, his "cooling off" period will be over shortly after his old boss, McCrery, is promoted to chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee.

    He is a lobbyist with the Alpine Group (unless he has recently resigned).

    With Brooks and Loper on his staff, I think we can add Rep. McCrery to the Abramoff A-list...

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    by dengre on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 10:48:33 AM PDT

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