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Investigation links Reed, Norquist to Abramoff


Ralph Reed and Grover Norquist are the latest Republicans to be drawn into the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, as reveled by documents released by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

The friendships between Reed, Norquist and Abramoff go back to the 1980s, when all three were involved in the College Republicans. But in the 1990s, their relationship turned to business and the trio began working together with the financial help of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, one of Abramoff's oldest clients.

According to e-mails, Abramoff arranged for the Choctaws to give $1.15 million to Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist's group. Abramoff needed Norquist to fight a proposed state lottery in Alabama.

That's where Reed came in. According to the documents, Norquist passed on the $1.15 million to two anti-gambling groups in Alabama, who then paid Reed to run the anti-gambling campaign. The groups now say they would have never taken the money had they known it came from a gaming tribe.

Get the Story:
The Gimme-Five Game (Time Magazine 6/26)
Reed e-mails upset allies (Cox News Service 6/27)

Committee Exhibits:
Part 1 | Part 2

Witness List/Testimony:
Oversight Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the In Re Tribal Lobbying Matters, Et Al (June 22, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians - http://www.choctaw.org

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