Looking Beyond Jack Abramoff's Story

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Most of the recent coverage of the scandal surrounding former lobbyist Jack Abramoff has focused on those members of Congress -- and the president -- who returned his potentially dirty money. But this scandal is not really about money; it is about votes on legislation.

When will the 100 or so politicians who have returned money ask to take back their votes on legislation possibly bought with Mr. Abramoff's graft?

The Post should print a table of legislation related to Mr. Abramoff's lobbying that shows the names of members of Congress, and the president if he supported it, how much money they received and how they voted. Then we could understand how much a vote really costs.

DARRELL ANDERSON

Washington Grove

The writer is a precinct chair for the Montgomery County Democratic Party.

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I have practiced law in Washington long enough to be skeptical of the will and capacity of Congress to impose on its members and their staffs effective restraints on the endemic corruption of the system. Obviously we need to pursue the recipients of tainted money, but more than that we need to raise the level of risk for the sources and conduits. Here are a few suggestions:


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