Another former associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to corruption charges today, admitting that he had handed out tens-of-thousands of dollars in illegal gifts to Congressional staffers.
Todd Boulanger, worked with Abramoff as a lobbyist at Preston Gates & Ellis and Greenberg Traurig between 1999 and 2004, according to the Justice Department. The 37-year-old admitted that between March 2002 and March 2004, he gave $25,000 worth of tickets, meals and drinks to a Senate staffer who in turn helped push his firm’s lobbying agenda.
He said that during the same time period, he provided $10,000 worth of perks to an unnamed Senator’s legislative director, and that in 2003, he and former lobbyist James Hirni, who pleaded guilty to similar charges last month, used World Series tickets to try and coax two more Congressional staffers into helping them add an amendment to a federal highway bill.
So far 17 people have pleaded guilty in the course of the Abramoff investigation, which is still ongoing.