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Doolittle’s actions legal

With regard to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal, our Rep. John Doolittle may have skirted the law somewhat, but he’s innocent of any wrongdoing legally. On Jan. 24, he declared with chutzpah, “I know what the truth is and I’ll come out with a clean record.” Although his past actions may be questionable and ethically unsavory, he has skillfully avoided breaking the law.

What has he done that’s so bad? Lobbyist Abramoff had hired Doolittle’s wife and a staffer for some work. Both got paid for it. It’s perfectly legal under the current system. Also, when the career politician campaigns, he hires his wife, which conveniently ensures some of the money from campaign contributions stays in the Doolittle home. What’s so wrong with that? Don’t they deserve it?

Abramoff gave Congressman Doolittle, among other politicians, “all-expense-paid trips, free tickets, free use of box suites at various arenas, regular meals and drinks at his upscale restaurant,” to influence them, according to The Sacramento Bee. Doolittle’s helping two Indian tribes, clients of Abramoff’s who asked for his influence on their behalf, may appear underhanded, but it’s not illegal. Doolittle may look shady, even morally reprehensible, but he’s broken no laws – yet.



David Briceno

Grass Valley


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