Conducting interviews on this topic is the author of Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist, Jack Abramoff.
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IN THE SPAN OF 10 YEARS, Jack Abramoff became the most powerful lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Congressmen lined up to do his bidding, executives heeded his advice, and heads of governments hung on his every word. But when scandal brought him down-ultimately casting him into disgrace and even prison-this power broker said nothing.
Now a free man, Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America's Most Notorious Lobbyist is Jack Abramoff's autobiographical expos unveiling the mysterious and corrupt world of federal politics.
Branded by a TIME magazine cover as "The Man Who Bought Washington," Jack was the centerpiece of the largest DC scandal in since Watergate. Sentenced to prison, Abramoff became the poster child for why the political system needed to be cleaned up-but has the system really been fixed? In Capitol Punishment, Abramoff pulls back the curtain on K Street, revealing the dirty underbelly of America's government and offers a harsh, thorough roster of reform imperatives. There will be little applause inside the beltway.
As the Abramoff name became synonymous with government corruption, the drastic fall from grace was Jack's wake-up call. Jack DID wrong. He lost sight of the 'line' and he had plenty of time to reflect during his 43 month prison sentence. He has paid the price and is now he is willing to discuss details.
There is much to the Jack Abramoff saga that almost no one has heard before. The book is full of surprises and entertaining anecdotes that provide insight into many of the escapades and surreal dealings in Jack's life. While he is the villain in the black fedora hat to most of the world, this narrative unearths Abramoff, the human being: tortured, troubled, guilt-ridden, broken, and sorrowful. There are lessons in this book for all - a compelling and redemptive story.
ABOUT YOUR GUEST: JACK ABRAMOFF got an early start in politics. A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brandeis University and Georgetown University Law Center, he was national chairman of the College Republicans and leader of President Reagan's grassroots lobbying organization. He joined K Street in 1994, signing on with the lobbying division of Preston Gates where he built one of the nation's most prestigious and profitable lobbying practices. When a corporation, Indian tribe or foreign nation needed to win, they went to Team Abramoff. His lobbying guns didn't lose, and clients reaped billions. Abramoff had it all. Then it was gone. Now, Jack is determined to do all he can to help end the corruption within the system he played so well. His saga will serve not only as a cautionary tale, but as an historic platform for reform.
"THEY THREW HIM UNDER THE BUS PRETTY UNCEREMONIOUSLY, I THINK, IN AN EFFORT TO SHOW THAT THEY'VE CLEANED UP THE LOBBYING INDUSTRY, BUT I DON'T THINK THEY HAVE. I THINK HE WAS WORKING WITHIN A CULTURE THAT EXISTS. NOW HE MAY HAVE DONE IT BIGGER AND BETTER AND LOUDER AND MADE MORE MONEY THAN ANYBODY ELSE, BUT HE WAS LIVING IN A CULTURE I THINK STILL EXISTS." - Kevin Spacey, star of Casino Jack, on "The O'Reilly Factor"
Suggested Questions and Topics
* America seems to hate lobbyists. Should they?
* What's the link between lobbying corruption and the dysfunction of our government?
* You were considered the top lobbyist, but you were also considered a lethal opponent. "Team Abramoff" rarely lost in the Congress. Why was that? Was it all bribery and manipulation?
* You have been accused of ripping off your clients, such as overcharging your Indian clients. Did you?
* You were a partisan Republican and a hard line conservative. Is that consistent with being a lobbyist?
* You represented some very unpopular causes, such as sweatshops in the American Pacific territories. How does a free marketer support such places?
* The Congress reported you visiting the Bush White House hundreds of times. What was your relationship with President Bush?
* You based a lot of your lobbying around leisure activities, including golf. Is it true you played in a million dollar golf match in Russia with Tom DeLay?
* At the apex of your career, you were considered one of the most powerful men in Washington, and then it came crashing down. How did it feel to lose it all, almost instantly?
* You were called to a nationally televised Senate hearing. There you would have had a chance to explain yourself, but you chose to plead the Fifth. Why? What would you have said if you spoke at that hearing?
* You pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud and went to prison for almost 4 years. What were you convicted of?
* Why would you wear a black hat coming out of the courthouse on the day of your guilty plea? Don't you know that in American culture, the black hat is the sign of the villain?
* Were you the most evil lobbyist in Washington? Now that you're out of lobbying, are things better?
* How can the system be reformed? Are they taking the steps necessary to change the system in the wake of your scandal?
* You became the poster child of careless emails. You used harsh and derogatory language against your clients. Did you disdain your clients?
* How come there were no Democrats indicted in your scandal? Why did only one US Congressman go to prison?
* Your book discusses your relationship with various fascinating international figures, including Imelda Marcos. You saved her from going to prison?
* What is it like to endure the fall from power? How did your family deal with the glare of the media?
* What was prison like? Is that system as dysfunctional as the rest of the government?