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Argument: Argument thesis  Abramoff scandal is a Republican scandal
Node type: Node refutes parent assertion  This node refutes its parent
Parent Node: Node refutes parent assertion  Abramoff's clients and lobbyists donated to Democrats
Node Text: Congressional Democrats have little to no legislative influence

Republican rules governing legislation "severely restrict or sometimes even totally block the minority's ability to debate or amend bills."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Full report (pdf):

http://www.housedemocrats.gov/...

Donations to legislators - Republican or Democratic - are legal under current campaign finance laws. What is illegal, is promising or delivering something of value in exchange for donations.

While not out of the realm of possibility, given the lack of influence held by Democrats, it is unlikely that they were even offered bribes, let alone accepted them.
Node Created: Ulysses Berman — 2006-01-05 20:01:25

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