Doolittle sought to talk with Abramoff about job for wife

first_imgWASHINGTON – Rep. John Doolittle wanted to talk to lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2000 about a position for his wife Julie Doolittle at a nonprofit now accused of doing favors for Abramoff in exchange for cash, according to an e-mail released Thursday. The e-mail between Abramoff and his associate Kevin Ring, a former Doolittle staffer, was released as part of a report by the Democratic staff of the Senate Finance Committee about Abramoff’s dealings with nonprofits. It provides more evidence of the close relationship between Doolittle,, R-Granite Bay, and Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud in January and is cooperating in a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation that has already rung a guilty plea from one congressman. Doolittle, an eight-term conservative who is facing a spirited re-election challenge from Democrat Charlie Brown, is a member of the House GOP leadership and among the lawmakers most closely tied to Abramoff. Doolittle’s spokeswoman, Laura Blackann, said Julie Doolittle never got any job with Toward Tradition, a nonprofit coalition of Jews and Christians seeking to promote traditional religious principles. “Julie never went to work for Toward Tradition, she was never offered a job for Toward Tradition and she and the congressman have no recollection about what this e-mail’s about,” Blackann said. Ring declined a request for comment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The e-mail pushes back the date at which Abramoff played a role in employment options for Julie Doolittle, who from 2002 to 2004 was paid a near-monthly retainer by Abramoff for event planning work. “David told me that Doolittle (JTD) is very excited and appreciative about the Toward Tradition position for Julie,” Ring wrote Abramoff in the Sept. 20, 2000, e-mail, apparently referring to Doolittle’s then-chief of staff David Lopez. “JTD knows of the group and would like to talk to you about it. Can you call him whenever you get a free moment – does not need to be today?” The e-mail goes on to mention a surprise party being held for Doolittle and asks whether Abramoff would be willing to sign on as a host. Abramoff forwarded the e-mail to another associate, asking her to add Doolittle to his call sheet, but there’s no indication whether he followed up. last_img

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