Endorsements Matter, Mr. Mourdock

Why is Richard Mourdock trumpeting endorsements from someone identified as the bag man for convicted felon Jack Abramoff?  A 2006 investigation by the Senate Finance Committee charged that Grover Norquist laundered funds from Abramoff through Americans for Tax Reform to pad his own pocket and in exchange for favorable op-eds and to open doors in Washington. This piece blew my mind:

“And a 2006 Senate report details how ATR [Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform] subsequently became a paid conduit for Abramoff to hide the true origin of tribal money passed through to anti-gaming campaigns in the South to suppress competition to his clients, Native American tribes with their own lucrative casino operations.” (Politico, October 30, 2011)