Jack Abramoff Lobbying Associate Indicted

Istook did not run for re-election to Congress in 2006, instead pursuing a failed bid to become governor of Oklahoma. He currently works for The Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank. At the time of Albaugh's guilty plea, Istook was told he was not a target of federal investigators.

The court documents indicate that investigators have scrutinized the offices of Ring's former employer, Doolittle, who is identified in the indictment as "Representative 5."

Seventeen pages of the 49-page indictment detail contacts between Abramoff, Ring, Doolittle and members of his staff and the vast array of meals, tickets and expenses that were allegedly passed over many years.

"On or About Feb. 9, 2000, Ring expensed lunch for [Doolittle] at the Capital Grille, one of the many meals at various restaurants that defendant Ring bought for [Doolittle] and expensed" to his law firm, according to the indictment.

The indictment also mentions Doolittle's efforts to help Puerto Rico's statehood bid, "On ... May 25, 2000, defendant Ring sent an e-mail to Abramoff and another lobbyist, in which defendant Ring confirmed that [Doolittle] would help on the Puerto Rico statehood issue, which was supported by an Abramoff client, and that [Doolittle] and his chief of staff visit Puerto Rico before introducing the bill because the visit 'will give them a hook' for introduction of the bill."

The next year, in April 2001, Ring allegedly wrote to Abramoff about a Puerto Rico trip for Doolittle's chief of staff and his wife, and noted, "I don't think they want to have too many scheduled visits or activities." Abramoff replied, "They don't need any scheduled activities."

The indictment alleges that Ring paid for numerous meals at expensive Washington restaurants and provided tickets to popular concerts for Doolittle's staffers. It also notes that Abramoff found employment for Doolittle's wife with a consultant that organized fundraisers and events for him at his firm Greenberg Traurig. In a 2002 e-mail, Abramoff wrote to the consultant who would hire her, "I am not sure what role she should play and it does not have to be significant. She should just be helpful to you as you need her."

Court records note that Abramoff's firm paid Doolittle's wife approximately $96,000.

In response to the detailed references to Doolittle in the indictment, his attorney David Barger, said in a statement, "It is clear that portions of the Kevin Ring indictment were designed to make gratuitous references to the congressman and his wife. This appears to have been done to titillate the public, with the foreseeable and, therefore, intended consequence of attempting to embarrass and pressure the congressman. Not once in this document does the Department of Justice allege any sort of illegal agreement between Congressman Doolittle, on the one hand, and Kevin Ring or Jack Abramoff, on the other. To the extent the Indictment can be read to imply such an agreement, the congressman continues to steadfastly maintain there was none and that he is innocent."

If convicted of the charges against him, Ring could face a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy charge, three years for payment of a gratuity, 10 years each for the obstruction of justice charges and 20 years for each honest services wire fraud count. Additionally, a judge could order him to pay a fine of up to $250,000, if convicted.

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