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Another Abramoff-related Conviction


The conviction of John Albaugh, staffer for "Representative #4" (Rep. Istook), for corruption in accepting gifts from Abramoff (meals, hotel suites, travel, sports tickets) represents the 14th conviction related to the Abramoff probe.

Following one fundraising dinner held at no charge at Abramoff’s restarurant (Signatures), Istook called Abramoff at Albaugh’s suggestion asking Abramoff "which particular projects [Abramoff’s] clients want in the transportation bill," according to court documents ($).

And these lawmakers insist they cannot be bought for a dinner. [This one was an undisclosed fundraising dinner to boot.]

Abramoff continues to cooperate with authorities.