Michael P.S. Scanlon, former accomplice to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was sentenced on Friday to 20 months in federal prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded five Native American tribes of more than $20 million.
Awards and Honors
On Jan. 30, 2006, Post reporters Susan Schmidt, James V. Grimaldi and R. Jeffrey Smith won the Worth Bingham Prize for their coverage of the Abramoff scandal. The prize honors the best investigative reporting of the previous year in U.S. newspapers or news magazines. The trio won a second award on Feb. 27, 2006 for their coverage of the lobbyist and his activities. The 2006 Selden Ring Award for Investigative Reporting recognizes the previous year's outstanding work that led to direct results.
The Abramoff Galaxy Jack Abramoff is negotiating a possible deal with federal prosecutors to plead guilty and cooperate with their investigation into corruption in Washington. For more than five years, Abramoff was one of the capital's most prominent Republican lobbyists. E-mails, documents and interviews with his former associates show that he set up many interlocking political and business entities to raise money, pay for lawmaker trips and other favors, fund his pet projects and gain influence for himself and his clients. The Justice Department has been looking into his relationships with a half-dozen members of Congress, as well as with Hill aides, government officials and business associates.