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Abramoff lobby partner to appear in court on Congressional bribery charge

[JURIST] Lobbyist Michael Scanlon [Wikipedia profile] is scheduled for a federal court appearance Monday on a single count alleged in a criminal information released by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] Friday. The information alleges that Scanlon provided "things of value" to a member of Congress, later identified as Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) [official website] by his lawyer, in exchange for favorable gambling legislation. Scanlon and partner Jack Abramoff [Wwikipedia profile] were paid $80 million between 2001 and 2004 by several indian tribes to represent their interests in Congress. Scanlon is a former aide to former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) [official website], who was heavily criticized in the past for accepting trips abroad and the use of a sports arena skybox from Abramoff. AP has more.

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