Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Amy Ridenour vs. Raw Story

Amy Ridenour, President of National Center for Public Policy Research, the conservative (non-partisan...yeah...right) nonprofit where fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff formally served as director decided to threaten Raw Story last week.

That just made us dig deeper.

Washington nonprofit where Abramoff was director wrote articles favoring Abramoff clients, by John Byrne (and yours truly), is the first one out the gate.

The Washington nonprofit whose president appeared before a Senate committee as a victim of fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s congressional bribery net wrote repeated articles that aligned with the positions of the lobbyist’s clients, suggesting possible coordination between the lobbyist and the group in violation of federal law.

In a series of editorials between 1999 and 2001, National Center for Public Policy Research president Amy Ridenour went to bat for the Commonwealth of the Marianas Islands, a small U.S. territory in the Pacific. Her releases bemoaned efforts to expand federal immigration laws to the island, defended the islands' meager wages and attacked Clinton Administration attempts to tighten labor laws.

I know everyone's busying themselves with the Vanity Fair article about Abramoff (pdf link)...but we've got some great stuff ourselves at Raw go check it out...with more to come very soon.


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