Seattle Post-Intellligencer has a (probably unconsciously) hilarious article about Sen. Patty Murray’s refusal to return money donated to her campaign via disgraced lobbyist Jack Abrahamoff:
The donations, from 1999 to 2005, placed Murray second among Senate Democrats and ninth overall in the Senate, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C., organization that tracks money in politics.
Abramoff has pleaded guilty to fraud, corruption and tax evasion.
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe in Michigan gave Murray $14,980. She received $12,000 from the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in California; $9,000 from the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; and $5,000 from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, the report said.
But wait, there’s more (actually it comes earlier in the article, but why blow the punch line?):
Sen. Patty Murray said Friday that returning contributions from Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff would “taint” the tribes.
[How could she say that with a straight face?-ed. That wasn’t a straight face. That was a poker face. Yuk-yuk. Listen, wisenheimer, Senator Murray has sympathy for the downtrodden. Don’t you remember she … Don’t say it!”]