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December 30, 2007 |
A charity controlled by corporate interests paid more than $25,000 for an entourage of state aides to accompany Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on a trip to China, where he was honored at an event closely connected to first lady Maria Shriver's family.
December 15, 2007 |
Italia Federici, who served as Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's conduit to the top ranks of the Interior Department, was sentenced Friday to two months in a halfway house during a day in court that touched on her romantic liaisons, tax evasion and conduct before the Senate. Federici, 38, the onetime president of a Republican environmental group, had pleaded guilty to evading taxes and obstructing the Senate's investigation of Abramoff's lobbying for Indian tribes.
December 14, 2007 |
Christopher Kelly, a close advisor to Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and chief fundraiser on his two campaigns for governor, was indicted Thursday on federal tax fraud charges, accused of understating more than $1.3 million in personal and business income on tax returns for five years, federal authorities said. The indictment charged that Kelly concealed his use of corporate funds to pay for personal expenses such as gambling debts to sports bookmakers.
December 7, 2007 |
Two Republican House members resigned Thursday from the board supervising teenage pages, accusing a Democratic appointee of failing to inform them about sexual and criminal activity by at least four youngsters. The board's chairman, Rep. Dale E. Kildee (D-Mich.), supported the Republicans, blaming House Clerk Lorraine C. Miller -- the day-to-day administrator of the page program -- for failing to immediately notify page board members of all the inappropriate conduct.
December 5, 2007 |
Former congressman Curt Weldon's chief of staff has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges for allegedly helping a consulting firm championed by Weldon to obtain federal funds and concealing money the firm paid him and his wife, according to court papers. Russell James Caso Jr. and a top official at the unnamed nonprofit consulting firm met repeatedly with Weldon to seek the Pennsylvania Republican's help in obtaining federal funds, according to the court papers.
November 21, 2007 |
Former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative. In an excerpt from his forthcoming book, "What Happened," McClellan recounts the 2003 news conference in which he told reporters that aides Karl Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby were "not involved" in the leak involving operative Valerie Plame. "There was one problem.
November 14, 2007 |
Matthew Dowd knows sorrow and loss. He has been divorced twice. A daughter died two months after she was born. And then there is the added heartbreak -- a word he uses -- of his split with President Bush. Dowd, 46, is one of the nation's leading political strategists, a onetime Democrat who switched sides to help put Bush in the White House, then win a second term. He spent years shaping and promoting Bush's policies -- policies that Dowd now views with a mixture of anguish and contempt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2007 |
When Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl needed help understanding a divisive development project or a complex issue at Los Angeles International Airport, he frequently turned to Phil Tate, a legislative aide who stood only a few feet away during most council meetings. Rosendahl's trusted advisor quit Sept. 28. But six weeks later, Tate was back in council chambers chatting up aides to other council offices while serving in his new capacity -- as a lobbyist for a company doing business at LAX.
November 6, 2007 |
A top fundraiser with a criminal record for selling drugs resigned from the campaign of presidential hopeful Fred Thompson on Monday, and a spokesman for the candidate said Thompson would stop using the man's private jet for campaign travel. Philip J. Martin's resignation as chairman of Thompson's "First Day Founders" team of fundraisers came as the former Tennessee senator adopted a newly combative tone toward GOP rival Mike Huckabee during a New Hampshire campaign swing.
October 9, 2007 |
The crash of a helicopter carrying aides to President Pervez Musharraf revived concerns for the Pakistani leader's safety as his war with Islamic militants intensifies. The army said four people died when the craft tried to land after a technical problem. Three helicopters were taking Musharraf and his entourage to the Pakistani-held portion of Kashmir.