View Full Version : Jack Abramoff--The Lobbyist's Playbook
07-23-2012, 12:44 AM
Jack Abramoff is guilty of serial bribery at the highest level of government, and yet he served only 3 years in prison. That might be because, in his words, "As I look back it was effective. It certainly helped the people I was trying to help, both the clients and the Republicans at that time."
Abramoff: "I was actually thinking of writing a book - "The Idiot's Guide to Buying a Congressman" - as a way to put this all down. First, I think most congressmen don't feel they're being bought. Most congressmen, I think, can in their own mind justify the system."
The same thing is going on today but the Citizens United ruling has put it on steroids.
Watch the interview on CBS news or read the transcript--here:
Abramoff--The Lobbyist's Playbook (http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18560_162-57319075/jack-abramoff-the-lobbyists-playbook/?tag=contentMain%3BcbsCarousel)
The Jack Abramoff scabdal is one of those HUGE stories largely ignored by the supposed liberal media MSM.
This was a corruption scandal that reached far into the GOP.
Of course, all those found guilty have been expelled from the party.
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Religious Right's Ralph Reed Field-Tests Plan for Beating Obama
Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition, "a 21st-century version of the Christian Coalition on steroids," is leading the effort.
July 10, 2012 |
A mere 10 days since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch survived the recall election launched against them by state's liberal coalition, Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, is ebullient as he takes the stage at his organization's Washington </div></div>
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Reed was named in the scandal arising from lobbying work performed by Jack Abramoff on behalf of Indian gambling tribes. E-mails released by federal investigators in June 2005 revealed that Reed secretly accepted payments from Abramoff to lobby against Indian casino gambling and oppose an Alabama education lottery. Additional e-mails released in November 2005 show that Reed also worked for another Abramoff client seeking to block a congressional ban on Internet gambling. These cases are being investigated by multiple federal and state grand juries and by the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Abramoff pled guilty to three felony counts in federal court, raising the prospects of Abramoff testifying against others.
Those e-mails and other evidence revealed the participation of the Christian Coalition in the alleged fraud, particularly the Alabama chapter of the Christian Coalition, which received large amounts of donations from the casino money. It is alleged that <span style='font-size: 23pt'>Abramoff engaged Reed to set up an anti-gambling campaign to include the U.S. Family Network, the Christian Coalition, and Focus on the Family in order to frighten the tribes into spending as much as $82 million for Abramoff to lobby on their behalf. </span>To represent him in connection with the scandal, Reed retained defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Eggleston served as White House associate counsel during the administration of President Bill Clinton.
In December 2005, three Texas public interest groups filed a complaint with Travis County Attorney David Escamilla on December 1, 2005, alleging that Reed failed to register as a lobbyist in 2001 or 2002 when he was working for Abramoff. Escamilla said on March 27, 2006 "his office had concluded its investigation -- but that a two-year statute of limitations on misdemeanors from 2001 and 2002 had expired."
On June 22, 2006 the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs released its final report  on the scandal.
The report states that under the guidance of the Mississippi Choctaw tribe's planner, Nell Rogers, the tribe agreed to launder money because<span style='font-size: 14pt'> "Ralph Reed did not want to be paid directly by a tribe with gaming interests." It also states that Reed used non-profits, like Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform, as pass-throughs to disguise the origin of the funds, and that "the structure was recommended by Jack Abramoff to accommodate Mr. Reedís political concerns." </span></div></div>
RR should be in jail.
Now he is back in the GOP!
Is that the same JACK ABRAMOFF (http://newsbusters.org/node/3465) who donated to 89% of the demokrooks in the senate?
They didn't put that on the spoon for y'all?
But ... I already knew that.
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