Jack Abramoff

Dubbed the "Man Who Bought Washington" on the cover of Time, Jack Abramoff rose to become the nation's most successful and prominent lobbyist before becoming enmeshed in the most harrowing political scandal since Watergate. More

Dubbed the "Man Who Bought Washington" on the cover of Time, Jack Abramoff rose to become the nation's most successful and prominent lobbyist before becoming enmeshed in the most harrowing political scandal since Watergate.

Abramoff started his political career at Brandeis University as head of the College Republicans. After becoming national chairman of that group, Abramoff was soon named head of President Ronald Reagan's grassroots lobbying organization on Capitol Hill. He held that position while attending Georgetown Law Center at night, and obtained his J.D. in 1986. After a detour into motion picture production, Abramoff returned to the nation's capital to build one of the most successful lobbying practices in history. His win-at-all-costs ethos eventually led to his downfall, and a lengthy term in federal prison for his role in the corrupt system which plagues our politics.

His downfall caused Abramoff to reassess his past, and the system he played so well. He has rededicated himself to trying to repair the system and make amends for his role in it. His book Capitol Punishment is designed to alert our nation about what goes on behind the guarded doors of power in Washington, D.C. Since his release from prison, Abramoff has appeared on hundreds of television and radio networks and programs, including CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, 60 Minutes, and the Colbert Report. Two films have been made about his life.

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