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Dixie Chicks, Hockey Games Could Figure in Next Congressional Scandal

Charges Against Former Abramoff Staffer Could Ensnare Doolittle

Dixie Chicks concert tickets, ringside hockey seats and a private suite at Camden Yards. These are just a few of the gifts lobbyists allegedly gave a top lawmaker and his staff in exchange for help securing earmarks and other political favors for their clients -- a relationship that could lead to criminal charges against this Republican heavyweight, new court papers show.

The details are part of a 10-count indictment released today against former lobbyist and Capitol Hill staffer Kevin Ring that sheds new light on the alleged involvement of Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.), who is not running for reelection, in the wide-ranging influence peddling investigation stemming from the activities of now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The document also highlights contacts between Abramoff and former Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Ok.) -- identified only as Representative 4 -- whose chief of staff plead guilty to taking gifts while securing a series of earmarks for Abramoff's clients.

The 46-page document appears to highlight how Doolittle -- identified only as Representative 5 -- helped Abramoff's team win earmarks and funding while the congressman and his staff took numerous gifts and fundraisers from Abramoff and his team.

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Is anyone else appalled at the idea of GOP lawmakers actually accepting Dixie Chicks tix as bribes? Dixie Chicks????

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I'm appalled that the Dixie Chicks have been allowed to live, much less tour and continue to make records. But as everyone well knows, I'm a confused Pro-Lifer.
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Count me in . . . .

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lol. i wonder why hockey? is it because of the fights? hehe



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Me dos!! I hope all those involved get to see the inside of a prison cell!

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lol. i wonder why hockey? is it because of the fights? hehe
Well, no. I hear they are the best place for Republicans to pick up young hot-to-trot ass.

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I just like the irony of the names of the Republican Congressmen being DooLITTLE and I'sTOOK.

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Funny how the Chicks where lambasted when they made their comments yet now, it seems that their opinions are held by all but a shrinking 28%.

They still have the best Star Spangled Banner of all time.

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