Sunday, January 15, 2006

Dirty Money

Josh tries to explain the concept of dirty money for the slow among the Washington press corps.

Let me just chime in too because Deborah Howell doesn't have the ability to comprehend this apparently:

The fact that clients of Abramoff, some of whom were explicitly cheated by him, gave to Democrats (or Republicans) means nothing in and of itself. Period. The fact that they hired a crooked lobbyist does not mean that they, or anyone they donated to, was necessarily crooked.

To the extent that such money were directed donations by Abramoff it makes the money a bit dirty, and I can certainly understand that the recipients may wish to part with it, but that in itself doesn't necessarily imply any ethical transgression on the part of the members receiving the money.