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I will take your Louisiana congressman and raise you one Chief of staff

Neil Volz, who served as chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, was expected to plead guilty to charges in connection with the investigation of influence-peddling and public corruption Monday.

According to a criminal information filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, “The purpose of the conspiracy was for defendant Volz and his co-conspirators to unjustly enrich themselves by corruptly receiving, while public officials, and providing, while lobbyists, a stream of things of value with the intent to influence and reward official acts and attempting to influence members of Congress in violation of the law.”

Volz, business associate of convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges stemming from his work on Capitol Hill and the lobbying practice he joined after leaving Ney’s office.

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The investigations have focused on the Watergate poker parties thrown by defense contractor Brent Wilkes, a high-school buddy of Foggo’s, that were attended by disgraced former Rep. Randy (Duke) Cunningham and other lawmakers. Foggo has claimed he went to the parties “just for poker” amid allegations that Wilkes, a top GOP fund-raiser and a member of the $100,000 “Pioneers” of Bush’s 2004 reelection campaign, provided prostitutes, limos and hotel suites to Cunningham.

Cunningham is serving an eight-year sentence after pleading to taking $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to cronies. Wilkes hosted regular parties for 15 years at the Watergate and Westin Grand Hotels for lawmakers and lobbyists. Intelligence sources said Goss has denied attending the parties as CIA director, but that left open whether he may have attended as a Republican congressman from Florida who was head of the House Intelligence Committee.

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