Jack Abramoff Slams Byron Dorgan In New Book

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff puts former beneficiaries of his fundraising work in the crosshairs in his new book, up to and including former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan:

He takes a shot at Byron Dorgan, the former Democratic senator from North Dakota: “Byron Dorgan railed against the ‘cesspool of greed’ surrounding my practice. I guess it wasn’t a cesspool when he had his hand out to take over $75,000 in campaign contributions from our team and clients.”

Dorgan fires back:

“He’s probably pretty upset with me because I helped lead the investigation that helped send him to prison.” The former senator told The Huffington Post that he never met Abramoff and never took any money from him. And though Dorgan said he did receive some money from tribal donors, the record shows that Abramoff steered Native American money away from Democrats, not toward them.

“He was both a liar and thief,” Dorgan said. “What we do know is that he was corrupt. That’s what we do know. For him to allege corruption of others is pretty Byzantine.”

I’ve always found Dorgan’s claim that he never met Abramoff to be a little suspect. Maybe the two never did meet face to face, but Dorgan certainly got favors from Abramoff. The $73,000 in contributions directed at Dorgan from Abramoff clients is one thing (Dorgan was one of the top recipients of Abramoff contributions), as is Dorgan’s use of Abramoff’s suite at the MCI Center for a fundraiser as reported by the Washington Post in 2005:

In March 2001, Dorgan held a fundraising event during a hockey game in a skybox leased by an Abramoff company at MCI Center. But the senator said he believed that the box was controlled by Greenberg Traurig. The event was organized by Smith, the Democratic fundraiser, he added.

“I was unaware that Abramoff was involved,” Dorgan said.

Dorgan got tens of thousands of dollars in contributions from Abramoff clients, which Abramoff himself says he directed, and he held a swanky fundraiser at Abramoff’s suite.

But Dorgan totally didn’t know about Abramoff’s involvement in all that.

If you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • igx

    The PBS Frontline on Abramoff  was unbelievable. Ralph Reed sucks too. 

  • Harvey

    Yet Byron Doorknob gets a pass.  Incredible.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      What’s really amazing is that Dorgan, despite having tens of thousands of Abramoff-linked dollars directed into his campaign coffers, was the co-chair of the Senate committee that investigated Abramoff.

      • SP

        Why don’t you stop sucking Abramoff’s cock and get some credibility.

    • Hal146

      And an airport terminal named after him. It makes it easy to cover up your involvement in a crime if you are instrumental in the investigation along with your buddies.  Maybe someone with credibility will go back and take a closer look.

      • ec99

        The terminal was the idea of big time Dem contributor Hal Gershman.  No one in GF was consulted.

  • Jack Daniels

    Hmphhhh.  He knew he suite wasn’t owned by a North Dakotan.  He knew that the $73k didn’t come from a North Dakotan.  What was obvious to him was he was willing to sell out ND

  • http://nofreelunch.areavoices.com/ Kevin Flanagan

    Byron is delusional, he also believes that he has a full head of hair and everyone else believes he does, too.  

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Between the two of them, which one has spent more time in prison?

  • igx

    FWIW this is the mother of all explanations of government corruption and the solution to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SovALlOhSg8

  • Dallas

    Getting slammed by Jack Abramoff is kind of like having Kim Kardashian accuse you of being uncommitted. It’s an obvious lie but it’s entertaining for the uninformed who cry at Hollywood weddings or read right wing cheat sheets.

    Abramoff has a right to go after Dorgan. It was Dorgan and McCain who stuck his sorry fat ass in jail. 

  • ellinas1

    Rubbish.

  • Dallas

    Reed and Grover Norquist should have had their sorry asses put in the slammer too.  They stole money from the poorest of the poor, joked about it.  Bet Ralph, Gorver and ol’ Jack are schleppin’ around, drinking expensive wine, figuring out their next scam. 

    Grover was in Bismarck recently an appeared with Ed Schafer in an effort to get a tax break for oil companies.  Both appear to be heavily funded by Americans for Prosperity, a front for the Koch boys.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Grover was in Bismarck recently an appeared with Ed Schafer in an effort to get a tax break for oil companies.  Both appear to be heavily funded by Americans for Prosperity, a front for the Koch boys.

      When was this, exactly?  Because I’m about 100% positive not one single part of that statement is actually true.

      • Dallas

        It’s all true.

        Americans for Posperity is funded by the Koch brothers.

        Ed Schafer is one of the Key spokesmen for Americans for Pspoerity in ND.

        Ed and Gover appeared together at a FixTheTax.com event in Bismarck on Tuesday, February 22 at the Ramkota Hotel.  Subject: Cut the tax for oil companies in ND.  Ed headed the efforts to cut the oil extraction tax.

        Grover, Jack and Ralph stole money from several tribes under the guise of helping them with their gambling efforts.  There are actual transcipts that show them joking about how they’re screwing Jack’s clients (the tribes) and how they’ll divide the money.  Ralph and Grover both got lots of money.

        I

      • SP

        100% positive.  I’m so shocked that Port’s *intuitions’ are off.

  • Dallas

    I think it was dispicable that Ed, Grover, Scott the deadbeat and others didn’t invite you to the Bismarck swaree.  God, you’e carried enough water for them. 

    • SP

      Bwa ha ha ha ha.

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