Michael Scanlon

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Michael Scanlon was a lobbyist, public relations consultant and former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), who pleaded guilty to corruption-related charges on November 21, 2005.

Scanlon's public relations firm, Capitol Campaign Strategies, received millions of dollars from tribes involved in gambling casinos, funneling the money to conservative causes and Republican party organizations through a network of political consultants and right-wing organizations linked to lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Career

Scanlon served as the Communications Director for Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) [1] until 1998, when he went to work for a grassroots and public relations firm. [2] In March 2000, Scanlon went to work with Jack Abramoff at the Preston Gates lobbying firm. [3] [4] In March 2001, Scanlon formed the Capital Campaign Services company, through which he worked with Abramoff to provide lobbying and grassroots PR services. [5]

Guilty of Conspiracy

"In a one-count criminal information filed by the government," Michael Scanlon, "partner of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, was charged Friday [November 18, 2005,] with conspiring to defraud Indian tribe clients of millions of dollars in a scheme that lavished golf trips, meals and campaign donations on a member of Congress," Pete Yost reported for the Associated Press. "Scanlon was charged with conspiring with another lobbyist, who was identified only as 'Lobbyist A.' It has been a matter of public record for more than a year that Scanlon and Abramoff had a fee-splitting arrangement and represented several Indian tribes."

On November 21, 2005, Scanlon pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge and agreed to pay restitution totaling more than $19 million to the tribes. [6]

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