Monday, October 23, 2006

A phone call from Senator Gordon Smith

The Saxton Ad Campaign

I recieved a recorded message from Senator Gordon Smith the other night. He was stumping for Ron Saxton for senator in my district. One of my pet peeves is recorded phone messages, so needless to mention I hung up, dissapointed that I couldn't ask Ranger Gordon a few questions.


Gordon Smith & Jack Abramoff in the news

So, Jack Abramoff has admitted defrauding his clients and working his "magic" on members of Congress. He'll be singing to the feds on exactly which Republican leaders went beyond the rules.

Most of the illegal activity centered around his tribal casino clients. So, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee has been digging into the widening Abramoff scandal.

Of course, Oregon's own Senator Gordon Smith has a seat on the Indian Affairs Committee -- and he's been leading the charge for ethics and openness in government curiously silent during the hearings. Why?

Has Gordon Smith pulled a Tom DeLay?

The Hill News has reported that Oregon Senator Gordon Smith may have violated Senate ethics rules the same way House Majority Leader, Tom DeLay did by having a lobbying firm pay for an overseas trip:
In a potential violation of congressional ethics rules, five members of Congress traveled to Ireland in 2003 at the expense of a lobbying firm, disclosure records show.
Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.), then-Sen. Don Nickles (R-Okla.) and Reps. Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) and Clay Shaw (R-Fla.) attended a four-day international trade seminar at Ashford Castle in County Mayo during the August recess.
Disclosure reports for the five lawmakers show that Washington lobbying firm, Kessler & Associates Business Services Inc., footed the $25,000 bill, even though congressional ethics guidelines bar lobbying firms from paying for lawmakers’ travel.

The Oregonian Newspaper does damage control for Gordon Smith

~Senator Gordon Smith & golf trip to Scotland~

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