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September 19, 2005
By: Kevin Drum

RESTORING HONOR AND DIGNITY TO THE WHITE HOUSE....Are Scottish golf trips the new three-martini lunch? Regular readers know all about superlobbyist Jack Abramoff and the Scottish golf trips he was fond of handing out to favored folks like Republican congressmen Tom DeLay and Bob Ney, both of whom (of course) claim they had no idea that Abramoff was the funding source behind these "working vacations" of theirs.

David Safavian, who served as chief of staff at the General Services Administration from 2002-2004, is now in some Scottish hot water of his own. In fact, he was arrested today:

The Justice Department announced that Safavian "allegedly aided a Washington, D.C., lobbyist in the lobbyist's attempts to acquire GSA-controlled property in and around Washington, D.C.," and that Safavian joined the lobbyist on a Scotland golf trip.

Needless to say, "lobbyist" in this announcement = Jack Abramoff.

And what has Safavian been doing since 2004? Why, he's been the administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, an arm of the White House Office of Management and Budget. That sounds like a perfect spot for a friend of Jack Abramoff's, doesn't it?

Stay tuned.

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