Istook-Abramoff Contributions

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An Oklahoma congressman says campaign contributions he or his political action committee received from an American Indian tribes lobbyist will be donated for Indian health research.

Congressman Ernest Istook is the latest to return or give away campaign donations from lobbyist Jack Abramoff (AY'-bruh-mahf), who
represented Indian tribes that donated to congressional campaigns over a five-year period.

The Justice Department is conducting an investigation of possible bribery involving congressional members and their aides. Abramoff hasn't been charged.

Istook says he wasn't involved in any of Abramoff's dealings and has done nothing wrong.

Istook has said contributions he received from Abramoff and the casino interests of his tribal clients weren't related to a letter Istook signed opposing a Louisiana casino that might undercut the tribes' business.

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