Ex-lobbyist gets hours in jail for Yankees trip

By NEDRA PICKLER | October 12, 2011 | 12:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Senate Republican aide who went to work for lobbyist Jack Abramoff is spending several hours in jail for taking Capitol Hill staffers to a World Series game.

James Hirni of Charleston, S.C., was sent to the federal courthouse lockup in Washington for about four hours Wednesday for helping host the 2003 trip to Yankee Stadium.

Hirni was lobbying for United Rentals. The company leases construction equipment and wanted an amendment to a transportation bill to boost business.

Hirni helped treat staffers from House and Senate committees that oversee transportation money to game tickets, airfare, hotel accommodations, souvenir jerseys at the park, a car service, a steak dinner and admission to a strip club.

Abramoff and 20 others were convicted in the lobbying scandal.