In spite of recent negative attention brough on by his involvement in the Abramoff lobby scandal, Bob Ney (R-Ohio), hosted "dozens of financial services lobbyists" at a recent fundraiser in Vail, Colorado, Roll Call reports.
It was Neyís third year in a row attending The Lodge at Vail event, which, as in past years, was hosted by House Financial Services Chairman Mike Oxley (R-Ohio). (The chairman, and Reps. Ney, Vito Fossella (R-N.Y.), Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), and Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), all held separate fundraisers while they were there.)
One lobbyist who attended the event said Ney kept a lower profile that he did last year, but given the controversy, was a more conspicuous presence, especially given that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee coincidentally was holding a fundraiser in the same place.
He noted that the DCCC was holding "ethics briefings" in a nearby room, where Ney could well have had to walk past. "That was the picture in my mind," the lobbyist said.
Another lobbyist told HOH that while there were "some people wondering, some who were surprised" there was not a "buzz" per se. "It didnít reach that level," he said. As he described it, there were two schools of thought at the fundraising event: "You either go on with your life, do what youíve done every year, which [Ney] has. Or you sort of become extra careful. A lot of people think thatís the tack that a lot of these guys should be taking."
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