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Abramoff Plied Congress with Box of Chocolates

Tom Delay was the intended recipient of a $250 box of Godiva chocolates, one of the gifts lobbyist Jack Abramoff prepared to give for the holidays in 2001. Jeff Smith of the Washington Post reports on that and many other gifts that were either "forgotten" or deemed of "negligible value" by Representatives and their staff who received them. His article does suggest that the rules for gifts to members of Congress ($50 or less) may be regularly flouted or simply ignored. This week, House Majority Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi promised to ban lobbyist gifts and meals.

By: Beth Daley
Director of Investigations, POGO

At the time of publication, Beth Daley was the Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.

Authors: Beth Daley

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