To keep up on Boehner even more, here is another article tying his office to
A White House aide who was once chief of staff to House Majority Leader
John Boehner helped plan a 1996 trip to the Northern Mariana Islands that
was organized by fallen lobbyist Jack Abramoff, billing records from
Abramoff’s firm show.
Barry Jackson, now chief deputy to White House adviser Karl Rove,
accepted an invitation to travel to the island of Saipan in April 1996 but
later decided not to go, White House spokeswoman Erin Healy said Tuesday.
The government of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
extended the invitations to Jackson and other high-level GOP House
leadership staff while Congress was considering legislation to control
immigration and labor practices in the remote Pacific island territory.
Abramoff, the central figure in a wide-ranging Justice Department
investigation of influence peddling in Congress, lobbied for the Marianas in
Washington. The commonwealth’s government was accused of permitting
egregiously low wages and poor conditions for immigrants working in
According to bills from Abramoff’s former lobbying firm to the Marianas
government, Abramoff’s staff contacted Boehner’s office about island issues
at least 10 times in the first four months of 1996. Copies of the billing
records were obtained by The Associated Press through open-records requests
to the territorial government.
The new majority leader isn’t all the smart is he? I mean if you want to stay
clear of a corruption scandal, don’t go putting yourself on center stage in the
party. I wonder how many more of these stories will come out in the future.