Ney met with tribal representatives in August and praised Abramoff's work, indicating he would support placing the Tigua language in the election bill, according to testimony from Schwartz.
Ney said in a statement that he was "approached by Mr. Abramoff, who explicitly told me that this provision was supported by Senator Chris Dodd." He added: "I then personally asked Senator Dodd about this provision and he expressed no knowledge of it."
Michael Scanlon appeared at a Senate hearing but declined to testify.
(Gerald Herbert -- AP)
Lobbyist, Firm Sued By Indians Over Fees (The Washington Post, Nov 17, 2004)
Pair Under Inquiry May Face Tribal Action (The Washington Post, Oct 7, 2004)
Ex-Lobbyist Is Assailed at Hearing (The Washington Post, Sep 30, 2004)
Parties Bicker Amid Abramoff Inquiry (The Washington Post, Sep 29, 2004)
Foundation's Funds Diverted From Mission (The Washington Post, Sep 28, 2004)
Ney also said, "Jack Abramoff repeatedly lied to advance his own financial interests. I too was misled."
The e-mails and progress reports that Scanlon and Abramoff prepared for the Tiguas show that as Abramoff sought to line up Ney, Scanlon attempted to secure Dodd's support.
In a document provided to the Tiguas summarizing his work, Scanlon wrote that "we began to target Senator Dodd using a system of repeated contact from influential members of his political family. At the cornerstone of the project was the vice chairperson of the DNC and a member of his finance committee, Lottie Shackelford."
An official at Capitol Campaign Strategies, one of Scanlon's companies, said yesterday that Shackelford and two associates, George Burger and Brian Lundy, were paid to enlist Dodd's support by calling his chief of staff and mounting a letter-writing campaign. Two other sources knowledgeable about the work said payments amounted to $50,000 from Scanlon, $10,000 of which went to Shackelford.
An attorney for Lundy and Burger declined to comment. Shackelford did not return calls seeking a response.
Dodd said in a statement that his office had received calls from Ney's staff and from Shackelford seeking the inclusion of language in the elections reform bill, but said the overtures were "summarily rejected." A spokesman, Marvin Fast, said Dodd does not remember Ney bringing up the Tigua issue.
Campbell, who is retiring from Congress and presided over his last hearing yesterday, told Scanlon that he and Abramoff were part of "the shameful legacy" of exploitation of Indian tribes that stretches back 400 years. "You're the problem, buddy, in what happened to American Indians," said Campbell, as he banged down his gavel to close the session.
Scanlon rose from the witness table and turned to face a man who pressed through the crowd to hand him a document. It was Texas lawyer Joe Kendall, serving him with a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Louisiana Coushatta tribe that also named Abramoff and Greenberg Traurig as defendants.
Abbe Lowell, Abramoff's attorney, said in a statement about that suit that his client "provided great results for the fees that were paid" by the Coushattas and looked forward to proving it in court.