2006 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Investigative Reporting | The Washington Post's Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for coverage of the Jack Abramoff scandal. Read their coverage below:

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Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon, Tom DeLay

Read The Washington Post's ongoing coverage of the Abramoff scandal at www.washingtonpost.com/abramoff. Below are the articles that were honored with the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting:

Former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on March 29, after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to cooperate in an investigation into his dealings with members of Congress. Sources familiar with the federal probe have told The Post that half a dozen lawmakers are under scrutiny, along with Hill aides, former business associates and government officials.

The scandal has prompted Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio) to give up their leadership posts. Two of Abramoff's former business partners have pleaded guilty. Three men have been arrested in the slaying of Gus Boulis, who sold Abramoff and partners a fleet of Florida casino ships in the fall of 2000. Another former Abramoff associate, David H. Safavian — most recently the top contracting official in the White House Office of Management and Budget — has been indicted for lying about his dealings with Abramoff.

(Abramoff photo by Gerald Herbert - AP)


Post Coverage

Lobby Giant Is Scandal Casualty (January 10, 2006)

Mr. Abramoff's Plea (January 8, 2006)

Abramoff Pleads Guilty to 3 Felony Charges (January 4, 2006)

The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail (December 31, 2005)

The Fast Rise and Steep Fall of Jack Abramoff (December 29, 2005)

Plea Deal Near With 2nd Abramoff Associate (December 9, 2005)

Lawmakers Under Scrutiny in Probe of Lobbyist (November 26, 2005)

Abramoff Partner Pleads Guilty (November 22, 2005)

Lawmaker's Abramoff Ties Investigated (October 18, 2005)

How a Lobbyist Stacked the Deck: Abramoff Used DeLay Aide, Attacks on Allies to Defeat Anti-Gambling Bill (October 16, 2005)

Abramoff Cited Aid Of Interior Official (August 28, 2005)

Untangling a Lobbyist's Stake in a Casino Fleet (May 1, 2005)

DeLay Airfare Was Charged To Lobbyist's Credit Card (April 24, 2005)

A 3rd DeLay Trip Under Scrutiny (April 6, 2005)

Casino Bid Prompted High-Stakes Lobbying (March 13, 2005)

Gambling Interests Funded DeLay Trip (March 12, 2005)

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