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Probe sought of Congressman linked to lobbyists
Friday, January 7, 2005

Two watchdog groups want Congress to investigate Rep. Bob Ney, an Ohio Republican linked to a tribal lobbyist scam.

Ney agreed to support a rider that would help the Tigua Tribe of Texas reopen its casino. He did so on behalf of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Abramoff's partner, Michael Scanlon.

The deal fell through when Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Connecticut) refused to go along with the rider. Then Ney said he was "duped" by Abramoff when word of the scam became public in November

But Democracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics say Ney may have known all along that the lobbyists were trying to cheat the tribe. Ney plans to meet with the House ethics committee to clear his name.

Get the Story:
Groups want formal probe of Ney's contacts with lobbyist (Gannett News Service 1/5)

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