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The Inside Scoop on Jack Abramoff and the GOP's "K Street Project"

January 9, 2006

Guest: Alex Knott, Political Editor for the Center for Public Integrity, an expert on the myriad of bribes, payoffs, and scandal that surrounds Jack Abramoff and the infamous “K Street Project” – the official Republican Party project to control Washington lobbyists and collect their cash in exchange for legislation.
Will Abramoff’s guilty plea change the way Washington does business?
For background, check out this fantastic article in the Los Angeles Times: Lobbying Plan Was Central to GOP’s Political Strategy: Abramoff was key to the ‘K Street Project,’ designed to extend the party’s influence.

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  • Angry fetus March 25, 2006 8:43 pm

    The pressing problem is Republican sellouts to special interests currently in power, mortgaging America down the river–nine trillion dollars and counting–that’s $30K for every man, woman, child, and fetus

  • get fair elections and get the scalywags out of office March 21, 2006 10:10 am

    The pressing problem is Republican sellouts to special interests currently in power, mortgaging America down the river–nine trillion dollars and counting–that’s $30K for every man, woman, child, and fetus

  • Vicky March 8, 2006 11:25 am

    Some more hypocritcal Democrat stuff…..Again on John Conyers….This on his “official” position on school vouchers.
    “It is vital for parents, educators, and community leaders to join together to strengthen Detroit’s public schools. … schemes like vouchers … will only harm our public schools. …
    “The Republican Leadership in House of Representatives has consistently shown itself to be out of touch of with the American people’s concern for public education. Just last week, the House of Representatives rejected an amendment offered by the Majority Leader, Dick Armey, which would have allowed Title I money for disadvantaged students to be used for vouchers for private schools. I am glad that fifty-two of my Republican colleagues chose to vote against their leadership, vote down this voucher scheme, and vote in favor of our nation’s public schools.”
    But how does Conyers educate his own children?
    Cranbrook Academy? Tuition (grades 1-5) is $17,880 a year…..Then of course his government aides are there to provide him with “tutors” for his children as well…….
    So typical of Democrats, whose class-warfare rhetoric is intended to hide the fact that Democratic Party leaders (a) are very wealthy and (b) consistently do the bidding of their big-dollar donors. Democrats are every bit as much as the Repubs the “party of the rich.”

  • Lock the sorry ass up March 8, 2006 10:30 am

    Abramoff is going off to jail–with no fedora

  • Vicky March 7, 2006 10:51 pm

    This doesn’t pertain specifically to Abramoff but is just another example of the general over-all corruption in both parties.
    “Three former aides to U.S. Rep. John Conyers say the longtime (ultra-liberal Democrat) Detroit congressman made them act as personal gofers and valets while they were supposed to be working in his Detroit-area offices,” the Detroit Free Press reported in the wake of a House ethics complaint released this week. Said Sydney Rooks, who was Conyers’ legal counsel from 1997 to 2000: “If he asked you to do something, you knew you had to do it…”
    And an interesting book:
    Donkey Cons : Sex, Crime, and Corruption in the Democratic Party (Hardcover)
    by Lynn Vincent, Robert Stacy McCain
    Book Description – an Editorial Review
    The corruption of the Democratic Party is so pervasive, so routine that each crime in itself is often a mere footnote on the evening news. But taken together, the party’s history points up a criminal breeding ground, more than a century old, that incubates corruption, nurtures blind loyalty, and spawns policy decisions rooted in the subversion of liberty and the rule of law. From bribery, kickbacks, and sex scandals to espionage, terrorism, and rape, Donkey Cons chronicles, for the first time, the panorama of Democratic crime and corruption, showing how the party developed a “criminal personality” that hatches policies hazardous to the constitutional rights of every American. Thoroughly researched, using anecdotes and intimate details, this book shows the serial corruption of the Clinton presidency wasn’t an anomaly, but the logical legacy of the modern Democratic ethos. As author McCain says, “The Democratic Party is like the Gambino mob with matching federal funds.”