Thursday, October 12, 2006

[Davis County Watch: Spending and Waste] Senate Finance implicates Five Non-profits

I don't usually focus on national issues, but since I've both referenced some of the Non-Profit groups in this report, and link to one of them(Citizens Against Government Waste), I thought I should, at least, make mention of them.

The Washington Post reported earlier today, that the Senate Finance Commitee, of which Orrin Hatch is a member, has come out with a report implicating five Non-Profit organizations as being on the payroll of lobbyist, turned jail-bird, Jack Abramoff.

The report is over 600 pages long, so I'll only give my first impressions.

  1. Chuck Grassley, who Chairs the Finance Commitee, was featured as CAGW's Porker of the Month in May, 2005. Does he have an axe to grind?
  2. CAGW seems to have been implicate via circumstantial evidence alone. There appears to be no record of direct communication with Abramoff to indicate that they were 'bribed'. Note: CAGW was founded in response to a request by Ronald Reagan.
  3. Grover Norquist, a common target, seems to have been caught seeking donations for one or more of his organizations.
More will come from this as the individual parties make there rebuttals. I'd imagine that the IRS would love to see actual charges for these groups.

Posted by Tyler Farrer to Davis County Watch: Spending and Waste at 10/12/2006 04:02:00 PM