Josh Marshall sums it up.
Now it turns out they also had the company pay the National Republican Congressional Committee (the House GOP election committee) $10,000 on behalf of Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH). That was in exchange for Ney’s putting anti-Boulis remarks in the congressional record that helped Abramoff and Kidan pressure Boulis to sell them SunCruz.
The guy who helped arrange Ney’s anti-Boulis-trash-talking and the later pay-off was none other than Mike Scanlon, who later did public relations work for SunCruz, in addition to going into the Indian gaming bilking biz with SunCruz owner Abramoff.
Scanlon is the guy who just agreed to testify against, well … everybody in the Abramoff cases.
Complicated? Hey, don’t blame us! We didn’t tell them to go out and live an Elmore Leonard novel.
I forget who said it, but someone recently remarked that OH-18 is an open seat. Ney just doesn’t realize it yet. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Mark Schmitt gives some background and context to Ney’s fellow scandalmates.