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  • Thursday, December 08, 2005

    For sale: Senator's vote - $12,000

    From American Progress:

    The Saipan Garment Manufacturers Association and the Northern Mariana Islands hired disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2001 to stop legislation cracking down on the islands' sweatshop factories. In 2000, Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) voted for the bill that “would have broadened federal oversight of immigration and labor rules on the islands.” But in May 2001, after at least eight meetings with Abramoff and his staff, a trip to the Super Bowl for two Burns staffers, and $12,000 in donations around the time of the deal, Burns voted against the exact same bill and took the unusual step of calling for a roll call vote, so that his vote was recorded. Burns received a total of $150,000 from Abramoff and his clients between 2001 and 2004.

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