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    Probe Finds $10 Million In Payments To Lobbyist
    Indian Tribes Unaware of Fees

    By Susan Schmidt
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, March 30, 2004; Page A01

    Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff received $10 million in previously undisclosed payments from a public relations executive whom he recommended for work with wealthy Indian tribes that operate casinos, congressional investigators have determined.

    Abramoff, one of Washington's best-connected Republican lobbyists, this month was forced out of his firm, Greenberg Traurig, after revelations that he and the executive -- Michael S. Scanlon, a former spokesman for House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) -- had persuaded four newly wealthy tribes to pay them fees of more than $45 million over the past three years. That amount rivals spending on public policy by some of the nation's biggest corporate interests.

    McCain, a senior member of the Indian Affairs Committee who has called the lobbying and public relations fees "disgraceful," launched an investigation earlier this month after a story about the fees was published in The Washington Post.

    He also is looking into millions of dollars in campaign contributions that Abramoff advised the tribes to make ...


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...-2004Mar29.html
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