Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise:   712.224.5420

Abramoff Scandal
Rep. Doolittle's wife benefited from DeLay, Abramoff

The wife of Rep. John Doolittle (R-California), the congressman has defended Jack Abramoff, started a firm whose only major clients are linked to the disgraced lobbyist, The San Diego Union Tribune reports.

Julie Doolittle founded Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions in March 2001, shortly after her husband won a seat on the House Appropriations Committee. The firm helps steer campaign contributions to Doolittle -- Julie receives a 15 percent commission on each one.

But beyond helping her husband, Julie had few other clients. The only publicly known clients were Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's old law firm, Signatures, Abramoff's old restaurant in Washington, and a group founded by a former chief of staff to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who is in legal limbo over his ties to Abramoff.

As a result of her and her husband's connections to Abramoff and DeLay, Julie has been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice. Investigators want records of her work for one of Abramoff's charities.

Get the Story:
Congressman Doolittle, wife profited from Cunningham-linked contractor (The San Diego Union-Tribune 3/19)
Investigation has DeLay stuck in legal limbo (The Houston Chronicle 3/20)

Relevant Links:
Rep. John Doolittle -

Related Stories:
Rep. Doolittle thought Abramoff did a great job for tribes (03/03)
Rep. Doolittle seeks re-election amid Abramoff scandal (2/24)
Rep. Doolittle praised Mississippi Choctaws (2/20)
Rep. Doolittle defends aid for Meskwaki Tribe (02/13)
Congressman returns money to Mississippi Choctaws (2/1)
Rep. Doolittle won't respond to Abramoff story (01/31)
Rep. Doolittle pressed DOI for Abramoff's tribes (01/30)
Tribal political donations under scrutiny in Washington (01/31)
California Congressman admits to liking Abramoff (01/24)
McCain blames both parties for 'out of control' lobbying (01/23)
Abramoff not in NIGA's camp but lobbyist came close (01/19)
Writer paid to praise Choctaws, Abramoff clients (12/16)
Opinion: Abramoff investigation hasn't gone far enough (12/7)
House Democrat leader seeks Abramoff-GOP probe (01/13)
Not all lawmakers are getting rid of Abramoff cash (01/06)
California Congressman linked to Jack Abramoff (11/30)
Abramoff probe spreads to members of Congress (11/28)
Abramoff probe looking into Congress, Bush (11/25)
Column: Here's the Abramoff thirtysomething (11/22)
Lawmakers intervened on behalf of Abramoff (11/17)