Ex-Lobbyist Jack Abramoff on cleaning up bribes and Washington corruption

Here is the direct link to part 1.

Direct link to part 2.

For those who don’t know Abramoff’s story here is more from the Daily Ticker.

A decade ago, Jack Abramoff was one of the Washington’s richest and most-successful lobbyists.Representing Indian tribes, telecom companies, sovereign governments, and dozens of other clients, he played the lobbying game extremely aggressively–so aggressively that he eventually caught the attention of the press and federal investigators.At first, Abramoff says, he thought he was being unfairly singled out and that the scandal would quickly blow over.

Then he began reviewing some of the ~850,000 emails he had written during his lobbying career and realized that, at times, even in a city and profession in which “legal bribery” is business as usual, he had crossed the line.In early 2006, Abramoff pleaded guilty to three felonies, including conspiracy to bribe public officials, and was sentenced to 6 years in jail. He served three and a half years at a minimum security prison in Cumberland, Maryland, as inmate number 27593-112. He was then released to a Baltimore halfway house in 2010, where he worked at a pizza parlor for about $10 an hour.

Since then Abramoff has published a book–CAPITOL PUNISHMENT: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist–and started giving speeches. He still owes $44 million in “restitution,” so a big chunk of any money he makes will go to the government.

Here is the direct link to Abramoff talking about his jail experience. Interesting stuff..

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One Response to Ex-Lobbyist Jack Abramoff on cleaning up bribes and Washington corruption

  1. d robertson says:

    Yeah, interesting stuff indeed. Did you notice how his head jerked back when asked if there was any ‘rough stuff in there’?

    I wonder what he was purposely leaving out of his trevails. Hmmmm….I do wonder what Jack Abrahms has left out of his time in the big house. At least he has had time to reflect….good stuff!

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