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.
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.