Scandal still plagues Republican Party in 2007

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TPM Muckraker this morning looks at the list of 11 Republican members of Congress under investigation or embroiled in scandal:

So what’s the tally this year so far? Well, there is, of course, 1) Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID) and 2) Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) with their sex scandals (the attempted restroom tryst and numerous successful hotel room trysts, respectively).

But then there’s the much greater toll of just plain ol’ corruption. 3) Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) and 4) Rep. Don Young (R-AK) are under investigation for their ties to the oil company Veco (though that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Young). 5) Reps. Tom Feeney (R-FL) and 6) John Doolittle (R-CA) have found themselves the focus of a reinvigorated Abramoff investigation (though Abramoff is in prison, he’s still busily cooperating). 7) Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) had his house raided. 8) The FBI is investigating Rep. Gary Miller’s (R-CA) land deals.

On a side note, is there a New Mexico connection, you ask? But of course! Stevens and Young are under investigation for their ties to VECO, an Alaskan oil company. Turns out, in 2004, two VECO executives contributed $1,000 to the campaign of Rep. Steve Pearce:

VECO Contribution to Steve Pearce

VECO Contribution to Steve Pearce II

Via OpenSecrets.org.

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