Today’s new Palin tidbit

from TPM


The Washington Post reports today that, while Mayor of Wasilla, Palin oversaw the hiring of a lobbyist, Steven Silver — a former chief of staff to now-indicted GOP senator Ted Stevens — to help win federal earmarks for the city.

But Silver appears to have additional ties that could further undercut Palin’s image as a squeaky-clean reformer. According to Senate lobbying disclosure reports examined by TPMmuckraker, from 2002 to 2004 Silver listed as a client Jack Abramoff’s lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig. On Greenberg’s behalf, Silver lobbied the federal government on “issues relating to Indian/Native American policy,” “exploration for oil and gas” and “legislation relating to gaming issues” — the very issues that Abramoff headed up for Greenberg at the time. In other words, Silver appears to have been a part of “Team Abramoff.”

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DavidThi808 says:

    Because this is ColoradoPols, not PalinPols and I didn’t want to totally overload the front page again.

    But boy is this a fun story…

  2. rocco says:

    This just keeps getting better and better. The republicans were shooting for a Harriet Miers pick, and got stung. The old saying is “Never make a decision when you’re angry or panicked”.

    Only question left is when and how they dump her for joe.

    Awkward.

    • RedGreen says:

      Is there ever a moment when McCain is not “angry or panicked”?

      And they’re dumping her for Romney, if they dump her. The delegates would revolt if pro-choicer Joe Lieberman were nominated at the convention.

  3. Whiskey Lima Juliet says:

    Even if there are answers to the negative questions, it doesn’t matter.  Once you have to defend it, you have lost.  This has not been a good week for the McCain / Palin team.

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