Abramoff Records Show Lobbying Firm Ties to Rep. Young

Records from the former firms of jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff show that his colleagues had more than 120 contacts with aides to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and at least 10 with Young himself, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The billing records covered dealings between Abramoff firms and one of his clients, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Young oversaw the U.S. territory as chairman of the House Resources Committee from 1995 to 2001.

In 2000, Young had blocked a bill regulating Chinese-owned factories on the island, something that had concerned Abramoff and his firm, the records show. The newspaper also highlights one letter from Abramoff to the territory's governor in which the lobbyist voiced concern over Young's departure from the chairman's seat due to term limits.

"The loss of Chairman Young's authority cannot easily be measured -- or replaced," Abramoff wrote. "We have lost major institutional memory and friendship."

Young told the newspaper in 2006, when it wrote about ties between Abramoff and Young, that Abarmoff was "inconsequential" to his work in Congress.

"I have never had any personal or professional relationship with Abramoff," Young wrote in a letter to the newspaper.

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