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Citizens for Legitimate Government Exclusive: Who are the eighteen members of Congress that signed Abramoff letter to Customs Trademark division? By Lori R. Price

28 October 2006 Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and seventeen other members of Congress signed a letter to Customs in 2002 advocating special consideration to allow Stolichnaya (Stoli) Vodka to import vodka that was illegally labeled "Made in Russia" when in fact, it was made in Latvia. In an unprecedented move, Customs gave dispensation authority to Stoli to import the improperly labeled vodka less than a month after the request by Abramoff and the Eighteen. Who pushed the extra-judicial action which appears completely outside the normal review procedure for such requests?

Why did George W. Bush talk to Vladimir Putin about this specific case a few days after the Abramoff letter? Doesn't this prove that Bush is lying about 'not knowing' Jack Abramoff?

Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG) has learned that this letter was from Jack Abramoff's lobbying firm, Greenberg Traurig. Greenberg Traurig represented Stoli at the time and they prepared the letter for the eighteen members of Congress to sign. This letter is part of the evidence proving corruption charges against Bob Ney. This letter has never been released to the public. CLG's lawyer is making a FOIA request, but it is unlikely to be answered prior to 7 November 2006. We need answers from the members of congress who signed this letter and we need pressure on the U.S. Customs Department to release this letter with OUR Representatives' signatures, immediately.

Stolichnaya isn't made in Russia because of the ongoing trademark dispute between the SPI group and the Russian government, which also claims to own the Stolichnaya brand. The Bush Crime Family must have decided to marry their fortunes with the thriving Russian mob.

Background:

State Toasts Relaunch of Top Vodka Labels --The Moscow Times, AP WorldSources Online, 25 Nov 2002 The government relaunched production of Stolichnaya and Moskovskaya vodka on Friday but its rival for the trademarks, SPI Group, said it would never be able to export the famous brands... State trademark agency Rospatent handed over the brands to the ministry earlier this year following a protracted series of court cases against SPI Group, which was accused of acquiring them illegally from Soyuzplodoimport in the mid-90s. SPI was banned from producing the vodka domestically but retained the rights to the brands abroad--to the ire of the government. SPI now produces and bottles the vodka in Latvia. Before Friday, no Stolichnaya or Moskovskaya had been made in Russia for months, but leftover stock was being sold. Soyuzplodoimport chief Vladimir Loginov called the launch a victory on the domestic front of the vodka war. [Scroll down to item.]
Stoli: Free Drinks May Engage Aides In Russian Vodka Dispute By Bill Swindell, CQ Monitor News, 05 Nov 2002

As reported by news agencies, the exporter of vodka is outside the realm of prosecution By Ekaterina Ljubavina, Ekaterina Zapodinskaja, Kommersant, 31 Jul 2002
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S.P.I. Group, Press Center,
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JackintheHouse: The House That Jack Abramoff Bought, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), 2006

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