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Rudy Plea Deal Implicates Buckham

So Buckham eventually pleading guilty would be a big deal. If Buckham goes, he could do much more damage than Rudy.

Paul Kane of Roll Call points to two portions of Tony Rudy's plea agreement that shows Rudy implicating Buckham (identified as "Lobbyist B"). Buckham's lobbying firm, Alexander Strategy Group, is identifed as "Firm C."

In the first instance, Rudy claims Buckham helped in routing the $50,000 that went to Rudy's wife's consulting firm - the money was to bribe Rudy for his help killing a bill for Abramoff's client.

Rudy also names Buckham as having benefitted from his effort to round up aides for a trip to the Northern Mariana Islands. The islands were Abramoff's client - but the plea says the trip helped Buckham's business, too. Abramoff shared his clients with Buckham - this seems like another example of that.

The plot thickens.