I invite your attention to Rich Mauer's article in the Anchorage Daily News detailing the efforts of former high-level U.S. House Transportation Committee aide Mark Zachares to ask for probation following his guilty plea. Zachares was a key assistant to U.S. Rep. Don Young (R.-Alaska), and Young gave him the job after then-uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff helped Zachares. Abramoff is now a convicted felon and federal prisoner. As Mauer's story lays out, Zachares gave Abramoff's operation inside information on Congressional work, and "Team Abramoff" gave Zachares "$30,000 in tickets to sporting events, a luxury golf trip to Scotland and $10,000 in cash." You can find the article at http://www.adn.com/2010/11/08/1543750/former-young-aide-seeks-probation.html on the Internet.