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“Special Interest Marilyn” Should Return $5,000 in Bribery Money - 10/13/2006

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2006
Contact: James Thompson
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“Special Interest Marilyn Should Return $5,000 in Bribery Money

Angie Paccione demands that Marilyn Musgrave return campaign donations from Bob Ney, who confessed to accepting bribes from Jack Abramoff.

FORT COLLINS —State Rep. Angie Paccione, candidate for Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District, today demanded once again that her opponent Marilyn Musgrave return $5,000 she has accepted from Rep. Bob Ney, who today pleaded guilty in the Jack Abramoff bribery scandal. Ney faces up to ten years in prison.

Musgrave took $5,000 from Congressman Bob Ney’s American Liberty PAC, and she has refused repeated demands from Paccione that she return the tainted money.

Paccione also called upon Musgrave to demand that Ney resign from Congress.

“This bribery-tainted money from Ney is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Marilyn’s corruption-soaked campaign contributions,” Paccione said. “It’s no wonder she has twice been named among the ‘Most Corrupt’ politicians in Congress. It is her moral responsibility to return the tens of thousands of dollars that are directly tied to high crimes committed against the people of the United States .”

Musgrave has direct ties to the corruption that has scandalized Congress in recent months, and she has taken more than $100,000 from corrupt politicians who are felons, have been indicted for a felony, or are under investigation for crimes (see below).

“The people of the Fourth District won’t stand for this type of corruption in Congress,” Paccione said. “We need principled leadership in Congress that stands up to the special interests and powerful politicians in Washington .”

More Tainted Money Taken by “Special Interest Marilyn”

Musgrave took $20,000 from House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s Keep Our Majority PAC. Hastert received $100,000 from Abramoff and Abramoff’s clients, for whom he did favors in cooperation with Tom DeLay, and he is under investigation for making $1.8 million from a land deal by misusing his powers of office. Hastert is now under fire for covering up his knowledge of inappropriate Internet communications sent by former Rep. Mark Foley to boys working as House pages.

Musgrave has taken $50,000 from PACs funded by convicted former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham and Brent Wilkes. Cunningham is serving more than eight years in jail for accepting bribes, and Wilkes is under investigation for bribing Cunningham. Wilkes is also under investigation in the DeLay money laundering scandal.

Of the $50,000 that Musgrave accepted, $30,000 came directly from Congressman Tom DeLay’s ARMPAC, and in return she voted for a DeLay plan to weaken ethics rules after DeLay’s third admonishment by the House Ethics Committee. Musgrave voted with Tom DeLay 93 percent of the time, and when DeLay came under scrutiny, she said, “I support Tom DeLay because of his success and stewardship in creating change.” DeLay has been indicted for money laundering, and ARMPAC was forced to shut down after the being fined by the federal government for failing to keep track of its funds. Some Republicans have already returned or donated their ARMPAC contributions, including Rep. Jeb Bradley, Rep. Kenny Hulshof, and Rep. Heather Wilson.

The remaining $20,000 of the $50,000 in Cunningham/Wilkes money came from Congressman Jerry Lewis’ Future Leaders PAC. Lewis is currently under investigation for a scandal involving vote switching and directing government contracts to contributors.

Musgrave also took thousands of dollars from PACs directly funded by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff pleaded guilty to felony fraud and was sentenced to five years and ten months in prison.

In one instance, Musgrave took $7,500 from Congressman Michael Oxley’s Leadership PAC, which was funded by Abramoff. In addition, Musgrave took $21,000 from Congressman Roy Blunt’s Rely On Your Beliefs Fund (PAC), which was funded by Abramoff. Blunt is under investigation for his involvement in three different scandals, and helped Tom DeLay do favors for Abramoff clients.

Musgrave took $3,000 from Congressman John Doolittle’s Superior California Fund (PAC). Doolittle is under investigation for giving PAC money to his wife, who helped organize fundraisers for Abramoff’s bogus charity, Capital Athletic Foundation.

Musgrave took $1,000 from Congressman Richard Pombo’s PAC. Pombo is under investigation for accepting money from Monsanto, and then voting on a bill to give Monsanto profits. Pombo received tens of thousands of dollars from Abramoff and his clients, and passed a bill to help one of Abramoff’s clients get recognition and money from the federal government. Pombo also refused to hold hearings on DeLay and Abramoff in the House Resources Committee.

Musgrave took $1,000 from Abramoff’s wife.

Musgrave took $1,000 from Congresswoman Katherine Harris’ Forward PAC. Harris is under investigation for bribery.

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