January 5, 2006 by lonbud
Out, Damned Spot!
American charities became unwitting beneficiaries of millions of dollars in contributions today as Republican lawmakers, including the President of the United States, sought to wash their hands of a once-fruitful and symbiotic relationship with Jack Abramoff, the former high-flying K Street macher who pled guilty to three felony counts of bribery and racketeering in Washington, DC Federal District Court on Tuesday.
President Bush, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Tx., and his successor Roy Blunt, R-Mo., joined a long list of former Abramoff beneficiaries casting off money connected to the lobbyist, who reached a plea bargain agreement to help federal prosecutors pursue a broadening probe of bribery in the nation’s capital.
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., beat other Republican leaders to the punch, announcing on Tuesday within hours of Mr. Abramoff’s guilty plea, he would turn over to charity all contributions he had received from the lobbyist or his clients.
The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group, said Mr. Hastert had received $69,000 from Mr. Abramoff and Indian tribes represented by the lobbyist. Mr. Hastert had not announced the recipients of his contribution at press time.
Mr. Bush, for whose 2004 campaign Mr. Abrramoff raised more than $100,000 — earning him the rank of Pioneer in the BushCo hierarchy — pledged to donate $6000 to the American Heart Association.
That is not a typo. The President of the United States is dontating $6000 to the American Heart Association.
Mr. Bush willingly tithed something shy of 6% to the Church of Doing the Right Thing, while other Republican beneficiaries of Mr. Abramoff’s largesse couldn’t distance them selves fast enough from the filthy lucre by which they feel suddenly tainted.
The fallen pimp for post-modern conservatism has the entire court of the new millennium’s lone Imperial power shaking in its boots, while the emperor himself makes an empty gesture to a symbolic idol in the mythic pantheon of American Goodness.
Life imitates Art.