Congressional Ethics After Abramoff

by Ralph Nader
To take one example of note: the Washington Post reported on December 31 how Jack Abramoff helped arrange the payment of half a million dollars from textile firms in the Mariana Islands in the Pacific, to a front group controlled by Tom DeLay. In exchange, they "solicited and received Rep. DeLay's public commitment to block legislation that would boost their labor costs, according to Abramoff associates," the Post reported. Textiles made in the Mariana Islands may be labeled "Made in the USA," the factories there are exempt from U.S. labor law, and working conditions are appalling.

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