Abramoff, sweatshops, and Senator Burns.

“Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) and his staff met Jack Abramoff’s lobbying team on at least eight occasions and collected $12,000 in donations around the time that the lawmaker took legislative action favorable to Abramoff’s clients in the Northern Mariana Islands,” AP reports. Abramoff’s firm was helping to block new labor regulations on the islands’ numerous garment sweatshop factories.