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Couric Caught On Tape: ‘Democrats Took Money From Abramoff Too, Mr. Dean’

By Amanda Terkel  

"Couric Caught On Tape: ‘Democrats Took Money From Abramoff Too, Mr. Dean’"

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On this morning’s Today Show, Katie Couric falsely claimed that Democrats took money from Jack Abramoff. Howard Dean tried to set her straight, but she stuck to the right-wing talking points:

Watch it:

    COURIC: Hey, wait a second. Democrats took — Democrats took money from Abramoff too, Mr. Dean.

    DEAN: That is absolutely false. That did not happen. Not one dime of money from Jack Abramoff went to any Democrat at any time.

    Katie then cited a Center for Responsive Politics study as her evidence, but a look at CRP’s website (here and here) show that Democrats accepted no money from Abramoff.

    (HT: CarolynC967)

    Full transcript below:

    COURIC: Hey, wait a second. Democrats took — Democrats took money from Abramoff too, Mr. Dean.

    DEAN: That is absolutely false. That did not happen. Not one dime of money from Jack Abramoff went to any Democrat at any time.

    COURIC: Let me just tell you — According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Abramoff and his associates gave $3 million to Republicans and $1.5 million to Democrats, including Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid.

    DEAN: Not one dime of Jack Abramoff money ever went to any Democrat. We can show you the FEC reports, we’d be very happy to do it. There’s a lot of stuff in the press that the Republican National Committee’s been spinning that this is a bipartisan scandal. It is a Republican-financed scandal. Not one dime of money from Jack Abramoff ever went to any Democrat, not one dime.

    COURIC: Well, we’ll obviously have to look into that and clarify that for our viewers at a later date. Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Mr. Dean, Governor Dean, thanks so much for talking with us.

    DEAN: Thanks very much.

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