Jack Abramoff

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Abramoff on 60 Minutes

"Giving a gift to somebody who makes a decision on behalf of the public. At the end of the day, that's what bribery is."

That was corrupt former Washington, D.C. lobbyist, and recent jailbird, Jack Abramoff, in his interview last night on 60 Minutes. He of all people would know, so let's just get it straight from the horse's mouth.

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"…the system hasn’t been cleaned up at all" -Jack Abramoff

These quotes from Abramoff that will air on 60 Minutes, obtained by Politico, speak for themselves.

For Old Times Sake

The New York Times has a story today on Ralph Reed's "political revival" after being brought down in his 2006 bid for Georgia lieutenant governor due to his ties to disgraced lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. Nothing groundbreaking here, but it does give us an excuse to play this ad by Campaign Money Watch that ran during the 2006 primary election.



2010's Top 10 Money and Politics Stories

By: David Donnelly and Adam Smith

Whether it was apologizing to BP, the Fair Elections Now Act passing out of a U.S. House committee, or the Supreme Court declaring that corporations were people when it comes to spending money in elections, 2010 was a big year for news about money in the political process. Here's our top ten list. Leave your suggestions in the comments.

A bit of a stretch

Last week, Bob Schaffer, candidate for Senate in Colorado, claimed he shut down a sweatshop in the Mariana Islands. The problem, of course, is he doesn't have much evidence to back up this claim.


The Denver Post analyzed this claim. This Spring, Schaffer said the sweatshops "imported labor" should be a model for the U.S. An attorney representing who negotiated settlements on behalf of garment workers, said it was bankruptcy, not government intervention, that led to the shut downs.

Ring of Corruption

The Abramoff Ax fells another. Kevin Ring, former minion of Jack Abramoff and once upon a time chief of staff to former Rep. John Doolittle has been indicted on ten counts of bribing public officials to take action on behalf of his clients. Insert your own "corruption ring" puns here. Somewhere Doolittle is scanning the sky nervously for signs of a dropping shoe.

Second Sentence

It appears that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's extensive cooperation with federal investigators is paying off. He received a reduced sentence in connection with the corruption investigation that has ended the careers of a handful of politicians and government officials.

Abramoff was contrite at his sentencing hearing, attempting to portray himself as a changed man. Of his crimes, he had this to say:


Let's assume that John McCain did in fact have Alaska Governor Sarah Palin thoroughly vetted before selecting her as his running mate. One can only further assume then that he really savors a challenge, because in addition to the more high-profile news that has leaked about the Governor over the weekend, several questions have been raised about just how ethically sound this "reformer's" credentials are.