Another Abramoff casualty

Congressman interceded for tribes that were Abramoff clients

A California congressman who accepted campaign cash from disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff interceded on behalf of two American Indian tribes that were represented by Abramoff’s firm.

Documents show Republican Representative John Doolittle wrote Interior Secretary Gale Norton in June 2003 criticizing the Bush administration’s response to a tribal government dispute involving the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa. And in October 2003, Doolittle appealed for quicker action for a Massachusetts tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag, that was seeking federal recognition.

Both tribes signed on with Abramoff’s lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig, that year. Neither tribe appears tied to Doolittle’s rural Northern California district, and Doolittle is not on the House committee that handles Indian issues.