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Fired Up! Missouri - Kevin Ring http://firedupmissouri.com/taxonomy/term/1219/0 en Former Ashcroft Aide Convicted on Five Counts in Congressional Bribery Case http://firedupmissouri.com/content/former-ashcroft-aide-convicted-five-counts-congressional-bribery-case <p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/us/16brfs-MIXEDVERDICT_BRF.html?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss" target="_blank">The Associated Press</a>: "A jury convicted an associate of the corrupt lobbyist <strong>Jack Abramoff</strong> of bribing public officials with expensive meals and tickets to exclusive events. The associate, <strong>Kevin Ring</strong>, was found guilty on five counts involving conspiracy, honest services fraud and giving an illegal gratuity to an aide of former Attorney General <strong>John Ashcroft</strong>. Also Monday, he was found not guilty on three other charges. Mr. Ring was the only lobbyist who took his case to court in the sweeping investigation; others reached plea deals. After an earlier jury deadlocked on whether Mr. Ring was guilty, he was retried."</p> GOP AbraMafia John Ashcroft Kevin Ring Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:49:15 +0000 .Sean 13006 at http://firedupmissouri.com Former Abramoff Associate and Ashcroft Aide On Trial Again http://firedupmissouri.com/content/former-abramoff-associate-and-ashcroft-aide-trial-again <p><a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2010/10/17/2321720/prosecutors-put-abramoff-associate.html">Associated Press</a>: "<strong>Kevin Ring</strong>, the only lobbyist from the ill-reputed <strong>Jack Abramoff</strong> team still facing prosecution, is once again putting his fate before a jury tasked with considering whether his practice of cultivating relationships in fancy restaurants and arena box seats amounted to a crime. Ring's retrial is the last unresolved case against an associate of Abramoff, a prominent Republican lobbyist in Washington who was convicted of corruption charges along with a congressman and a dozen other government officials his group tried to influence. While Abramoff and four other members of his lobbying team have pleaded guilty to federal crimes in agreements with prosecutors, Ring is the only member trying to beat the charges in court."</p> <p>Before working with Ashcroft, Ring was a aide to former <strong>Rep. John Doolittle</strong> (R-CA) and <strong>Sen. John Aschcroft</strong>.&nbsp; </p> <p><a href="http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/kevin_ring/">TPM has much more</a> on Ring's trials. </p> GOP AbraMafia Kevin Ring Mon, 18 Oct 2010 14:27:03 +0000 .Sean 12793 at http://firedupmissouri.com