http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-05-06-abramoff-bush_x.htm In President Bush's first 10 months, GOP fundraiser Jack Abramoff and his lobbying team logged nearly 200 contacts with the new administration as they pressed for friendly hires at federal agencies and sought to keep the Northern Mariana Islands exempt from the minimum wage and other laws, records show.... Abramoff, a $100,000-plus fundraiser for Bush, is now under criminal investigation for some of his lobbying work. His firm boasted its lobbying team helped revise a section of the Republican Party's 2000 platform to make it favorable to its island client.... The reception Abramoff's team received from the Bush administration was in stark contrast to the chilly relations of the Clinton years. Abramoff, then at the Preston Gates firm, scored few meetings with Clinton aides and the lobbyist and the islands vehemently opposed White House attempts to extend U.S. labor laws to the territory's clothing factories. * * * While politics is dirty business, the evidence really is starting to roll in just how corrupt the Republican Party has become. Is it a result of the one-party government not having the normal checks and balances or is because the Republican philosophy allows corruption to flourish? Wonder where personal responsibility enters into this?