After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out this bit o' wisdom:

> Report Says Nonprofits [article includes Microsoft] Sold Influence to Abramoff
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> http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...101200889.html


E-mails released by the committee show that Abramoff, often with the
knowledge of the groups' leaders, exploited the tax-exempt status and
leveraged the stature of the organizations to build support among
conservatives for legislation or government action sought by clients
including Microsoft Corp., mutual fund company DH2 Inc., Primedia
Inc.'s Channel One Network, and Brown-Forman, maker of Jack Daniel's
whiskey.

A spokesman for Norquist, John Kartch, called the report "political
nonsense" pushed by Democrats close to the midterm elections.

. . .

Sen. Max Baucus (Mont.), the Finance Committee's ranking Democrat,
called on the IRS and the FBI to investigate. "These groups' dealings
with Jack Abramoff certainly violated the spirit, and perhaps the
letter, of the laws that give charitable and social welfare
organizations a break for the good work they're supposed to do,"
Baucus said in a statement.