Top Politico's Sudden Fall

But in Blackann's plea documents, Boulanger's link with Blackann was spelled out. According to the documents, Boulanger began giving Blackann tickets for sporting events and concerts shortly before Blackann joined Bond's staff December 2000. The relationship grew, particularly in 2003 when Boulanger turned to him for a help with a client, United Rentals. Boulanger would also buy Blackann meals and drinks, continuing until he resigned from Greenberg Traurig in March 2004. During 2003 alone, Boulanger spent more than $3,100 buying such gifts for Blackann, according to the documents.

The biggest event was in October 2003 when Boulanger took Blackann, along with another staffer and former Abramoff associate John Hirni, who has also pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy charge, on a free trip to the first game of the World Series in New York, including round-trip airfare, an overnight stay in a hotel, a private chauffeur, a souvenir baseball jersey, food and drink as well as "admission to and entertainment at a gentlemen's club following the game," according to Blackann's plea agreement.

During this period, Boulanger would often ask Blackann for help with clients, including in February 2001 when Boulanger asked Blackann to help obtain a letter of support from his boss for "a person seeking political appointment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs," according to Blackann's plea. The Justice Department informed Bond he is not a target of the investigation, according to his office.

Boulanger and Blackann were personal friends. (According to a 2005 article in The Hill newspaper, the two went sailing together.) But, according to the court document, "Blackann knew that the lobbyists gave these things of value for or because of officials action they were seeking from him or had obtained from him." And, it said, he took those gifts knowingly.

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