List of trips funded by Jack Abramoff

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A picture at Carnoustie Scotland, the famed Scottish golf course. From left to right: convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, golf organizer Jason Murdoch, former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed, convicted former Bush administration official David Safavian and Congressman Bob Ney

The following is a list of trips for politicians, lobbyists, and staffers funded by Jack Abramoff.

The picture at right (taken at Carnoustie) for the much publicized trip to St. Andrews, the famed Scottish golf course. This trip was paid for by Abramoff at a cost of $160,000. Congressman Bob Ney's then chief of staff, William Heaton, admitted "falsifying his and Ney's financial disclosure forms in 2002 and 2003 to keep gifts secret. For example, Ney's forms said the Scotland trip was paid for by the National Center for Public Policy Research so he could meet with Scottish parliamentarians, though the Scottish Parliament was not in session...." [1]


Trips[edit]

Date Location Participants Details
December 4–12, 1996 Saipan Ed Buckham, Tony Rudy, Jeff Shockey Abramoff paid at least $3000; he was reimbursed by Preston Gates & Ellis, reimbursed in turn by the Marianas government
New Year's, 1997 Saipan Tom DeLay (R-TX) with his wife and daughter Stayed for free at beachside resort
January 1997 Saipan James Clyburn (D-SC) and Bennie Thompson (D-MS) Clyburn and Thompson invited by National Security Caucus Foundation, who was paid by Preston Gates & Ellis and told that the government had paid for it
Six days, 1997 Russia Tom DeLay, Ed Buckham, Jack Abramoff, lobbyist Julius "Jay" Kaplan, Amy Ridenour of NCPPR and her husband, journalist Bart Adams, Jesse Helms aide James P. Lucier, David Lowe (National Endowment for Democracy) About $60,000 funneled by Naftasib executives Marina Nevskaya and Alexander Koulakovsky through Bahamas company Chelsea Enterprises, which paid the National Center for Public Policy Research.[2]
late May-early June 2000 London/Scotland Tom DeLay, Tony Rudy, Ed Buckham, Susan Hirschmann Airfare charged to Abramoff's credit card, expenses charged to Ed Buckham's credit card; supposedly organized by National Center for Public Policy Research [3]
February 21, 1999 Marshall Islands Official congressional delegation led by Don Young (R-AK) Also in delegation: John Doolittle (R-CA), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), delegates of Guam, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and 8 staffers. Preston Gates sued the Marshall Islands to get reimbursed for the trip.[4]
January 2001 Super Bowl XXXV, Tampa Conrad Burns chief of staff Will Brooke, Bob Ney chief of staff Neil Volz, Burns appropriations staffer Ryan Thomas, Tom DeLay staffers Funded by SunCruz Casinos; Brooke and Volz later joined Team Abramoff[5]
2001 Korea Tom DeLay, DeLay's wife, Ed Buckham
July 2001 Puerto Rico John Lopez (John Doolittle chief of staff) Paid for by Greenberg Traurig in violation of House ethics rules
August 3–11, 2002 Scotland & London Bob Ney, Ralph Reed, David Safavian, Jack Abramoff, Ney's chief of staff, William Heaton, House Administration Committee lawyer Paul D. Vinovich, lobbyist Michael Williams golfing trip paid for by Capital Athletic Foundation at a cost of over $130,000—this trip was named in Safavian's indictment because he had falsely claimed Abramoff had no business before the GSA at the time of the trip[6]
January 2003 Fiesta Bowl, Tempe, Arizona Bob Ney and staffers named in Neil Volz's plea
May 9–12, 2003 New Orleans Bob Ney, William Heaton, Neil Volz, and another lobbyist named in Neil Volz's and Bob Ney's plea; $7200 paid for by Greenberg Traurig
August 9–14, 2003 Scotland Tom Feeney (R-FL), Ralph Reed, Mark Zachares, Bob R. Brooks Jr., chief of staff to Rep. Jim McCrery (R-La.) paid for by Abramoff though supposedly by National Center for Public Policy Research[7]
August 24–27, 2003 Lake George, New York Bob Ney, William Heaton, another Ney staffer, Neil Volz, and another lobbyist named in Neil Volz's plea[8] and Bob Ney's plea;[9] $3500 paid for by Volz and reimbursed by Greenberg Traurig

References[edit]

  1. ^ James V. Grimaldi; Carol D. Leonnig (February 27, 2007). "Former Aide to Ex-Congressman Ney Pleads Guilty in Abramoff Case". Washington Post. p. A06. 
  2. ^ Smith, R. Jeffrey; Grimaldi, James V. (April 6, 2005). "A 3rd DeLay Trip Under Scrutiny". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 11, 2010. 
  3. ^ DeLay Airfare Was Charged To Lobbyist's Credit Card
  4. ^ * http://talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/RMItravel.html
  5. ^ TPMmuckraker
  6. ^ Text of Safavian indictment
  7. ^ * Cloud of scandal rains on Tom Feeney's golf junket, Los Angeles Times via Orlando Sentinel, March 9, 2005
  8. ^ Neil Volz factual proffer
  9. ^ Bob Ney charges

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