Jack Abramoff's career is appalling, but lobbying remains critical to a democratic society and enshrined in our Constitution.
Abramoff, the once-powerful lobbyist at the center of a wide-ranging public corruption investigation, pleaded guilty Jan. 3 to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to provide evidence about members of Congress.
Abramoff Pleads Guilty to Felony Charges Washington Post staff writer Susan Schmidt discusses her article in The Post on the plea bargain of former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the growing political scandal surrounding his dealings with members of Congress.
A small gambling services company based in Connecticut, eLottery wanted to sell state lottery tickets online, but the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act stood in its way. The company hired Jack Abramoff who launched a win-at-any-cost $2 million campaign to defeat the bill, which was voted down by the House in July 2000.
Jack Abramoff, whom Rep. Tom DeLay once called "one of my closest and dearest friends," held fundraisers for the congressman and arranged for DeLay to accompany him on a luxury golf trip to Scotland and a trip to the Northern Mariana Islands. Abramoff also maintained close ties with DeLay aides.