Investigating Abramoff -- Special Report

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

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 relationshps 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 prompted Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and Rep. Robert Ney (R-Ohio) to give up their leadership posts, and on Oct. 13, 2006, Ney pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the scandal. On Jan. 19, 2007, Ney was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in the scandal. 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 — was convicted for lying about his dealings with Abramoff.

(Abramoff photo by Gerald Herbert - AP)


Post Coverage

Roots of the Scandal
A Jackpot From Indian Gaming Tribes (Feb. 22, 2004)
Probe Is Sought on Potential Corruption (Feb. 25, 2004)
Insiders Worked Both Sides of Gaming Issue (Sept. 26, 2004)
Papers Show Tribe Paid to Try to Sway Bill (Nov. 18, 2004)

Unraveling Abramoff's Web
Casino Bid Prompted High-Stakes Lobbying (March 13, 2005)
Graphic: The Abramoff Lobbying Machine (March 2005)
Untangling a Lobbyist's Stake in a Casino Fleet (May 1, 2005)
How a Lobbyist Stacked the Deck (Oct. 16, 2005) | Related Graphic
The Fast Rise and Steep Fall of Jack Abramoff (Dec. 29, 2005)
Graphic: The Abramoff Galaxy (Dec. 29, 2005)

DeLay and Abramoff
Gambling Interests Funded DeLay Trip (March 12, 2005)
DeLay Airfare Was Charged To Lobbyist's Credit Card (April 24, 2005)
The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail (Dec. 31, 2005)

The Federal Investigation
Lawmaker's Abramoff Ties Investigated (Oct. 18, 2005)
Abramoff Pleads Guilty to 3 Counts (Jan. 4, 2006)
In Florida, Abramoff Again Pleads Guilty (Jan. 5, 2006)
Abramoff Probe Turns Focus on DeLay Aide (Jan. 8, 2006)
Abramoff Is Sentenced in Casino Boat Fraud (March 29, 2006)


Latest News

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.
 
DeLay aide sentenced to 20 months in Abramoff lobbying scandal (Post, February 11, 2011; 6:01 PM)
 
Former House aide guilty in Abramoff case (Post, February 11, 2011)
 
Former House aide guilty in Abramoff scandal (Post, February 10, 2011; 7:09 PM)
 
U.S. seeks 2-year prison term for key witness in Abramoff scandal (Post, February 4, 2011; 7:48 PM)
 
Ex-Senate aide is sentenced in Abramoff case (Post, January 6, 2011)
 
Ex-Senate Aide Sentenced in Abramoff Case (Post, January 5, 2011; 8:16 PM)
 
Kevin Spacey delves into 'the little things' to portray Jack Abramoff (Post, December 19, 2010; 6:00 AM)
 
movies: Spacey finds depth in portrayal of Abramoff (Post, December 19, 2010)
 
Jack Abramoff leaves pizzeria job (Post, December 14, 2010; 11:04 AM)
 
Aide sentenced in Abramoff scandal (Post, November 23, 2010)
 
Ex-aide to Rep. Don Young who helped U.S. is sentenced in Abramoff scandal (Post, November 22, 2010; 6:24 PM)
 
Ring guilty on five counts in Abramoff bribery case (Post, November 16, 2010)
 
Abramoff lobbyist Kevin Ring found guilty on five of eight counts in fraud re-trial (Post, November 15, 2010; 8:19 PM)
 
Retrial of Abramoff lobbyist Ring begins in D.C. federal court (Post, October 22, 2010)
 
Retrial of Abramoff lobbyist Ring starts, tests corruption fight in capital (Post, October 21, 2010; 7:27 PM)
 
Abramoff lobbyist retried (Post, October 18, 2010)
 
Abramoff associate being retried (Post, October 17, 2010; 6:51 PM)
 
Justice drops probe of DeLay ties to Abramoff (Post, August 17, 2010)
 
Judge permits retrial in Abramoff associate's corruption case (Post, August 6, 2010)
 
Jack Abramoff leaves federal prison for halfway house (Post, June 10, 2010)
 
Casino Jack and the United States of Money: Abramoff: Bad to the bone, but he fit right in (Post, May 7, 2010)
 
Former Gregg aide linked in Abramoff probe cleared of wrongdoing (Post, November 19, 2009; 4:00 PM)
 
Ex-GSA Official Sentenced in Abramoff-Related Case (Post, October 17, 2009)
 
Abramoff Associate Was a 'Corrupter,' Not a Lobbyist, Prosecutors Tell Jury (Post, September 12, 2009)
 
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