The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, September 26, 2005

Abramoff/Tyco scheme linked to Maryland governor

It hasn't been a good year for Republican governors. Ohio has Coingate, Kentucky it's strange pardon and subsequent firing of nine of the governor's appointees, California has Ahnold.

A top adviser to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has become ensnared in the widening investigation of indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee raising fresh questions this week about a company formed by the aide that stands accused of laundering money for the lobbyist.

Edward B. Miller, 34, a deputy chief of staff to the governor, founded Grassroots Interactive in spring 2003 with a $10,000 investment, weeks after he began working for the Ehrlich administration, according to financial records he filed with the state and other documents. He sold the firm four months later. The company is now the subject of an investigation by federal authorities for being a front for alleged money-laundering efforts by Abramoff, according to congressional testimony made available this week.

Grassroots Interactive received $2 million from Tyco International, a company at the center of a corporate accounting scandal, after Tyco hired Abramoff as a lobbyist in 2003, a Tyco official testified to the Senate committee in remarks made public this week.

According to his official bio, he's the first Republican to hold the office in 36 years. I guess that explains why he didn't waste any time being corrupted.