Jack Abramoff

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Biography

Family and early life

College activism

Seattle-based lobbying

Greenberg Traurig lobbying

Bush Administration influence

Criminal probe and imprisonment

[1]

Post-incarceration activities

Occupations

Organizations

Lobbying firms

  • Preston Gates & Ellis (1994-2001)
  • Greenberg Traurig (2001-2004)
  • Cassidy and Associates (2004-????)

Controversies

Marianas Islands labor laws

Indian lobbying scandal

Guam interference

Election industry lobbying

Political connections

US Congress

Bush Administration

Lobbyists and firms

Corporate connections

References

  1. ABA Journal, "Disgraced Lobbyist Abramoff Accused of Defrauding Greenberg Traurig", 2008/09/10
  2. Washington Post, "Lobby Giant Is Scandal Casualty", 2006/01/10

External links

Intelligence connections

Election fraud

  • Brad Friedman, "Two Days, Two Hat Tricks for Increasingly Well-Known and Much-Befriended GOP Lobbyist!", 2006/01/04 - has Bev Harris comment about strange payments involving Diebold Election Systems and Greenberg Traurig; she also discusses privatization advocate Abe Frank starting the Election Center; others like Dredd believe that the Abramoff prosecution was used to subvert the exposure of a larger corrupt network
  • Velvet Revolution offered a reward to Abramoff on 2006/01/02 if he revealed information about the theft of the 2004 election: "We now make an offer directly to Mr. Abramoff. VR will pay $100,000 toward his legal bills if he provides us and the Department of Justice with conclusive proof that the 2004 Presidential election was rigged in favor of the Republicans. We have received numerous tips that Mr. Abramoff made deals with Republican power brokers who were in a position to illegally rig the election. Moreover, we have indications that he had ties with folks associated with Diebold and ES&S. Finally, press accounts have revealed that much of the money paid out by Abramoff was used to affect elections, leading us to conclude that he should know of illegal schemes to rig the vote."
  • DU discussion starting on 2006/01/04 - one poster mentions an article starting that Ney didn't put Abramoff's casino provision into HAVA because HAVA was "too important"; another poster claims to have been a researcher for a legal firm representing Indian tribes, and says they were asked around December 2000 to look into Jack "Abramhoff", which turned up his role in the Brooks Brothers Riot
  • DU discussion starting on 2006/01/05 - suggestion that Abramoff's crimes would be covered up by Alex Acosta (now in Donald Trump's cabinet); allegation that Tom Noe was connected to Abramoff
  • Anonymous post shared on the blog of Mark Crispin Miller titled "Abramoff money = election fraud" (newer blog link) - links Abramoff to the New Hampshire phone jamming scandal involving former New Hampshire GOP chair Chuck McGee and former Bush New England campaign manager Jim Tobin: "Days before the payment was made [to a phone jamming firm], the NH GOP accepted 3 payments of $5000 each from the following sources: 1) Abramoff client the Mississippi Choctow Tribe 2) Abramoff client the California Aqua Tigua Caliente Tribe 3) Tom Delay's ARMPAC"; also links Abramoff to the HAVA authorship by Bob Ney: "In 2002 House Administration Chair Congressman Bob Ney of Ohio was a prime sponsor of the (sic) "Help America Vote Act" (HAVA). In fact, HAVA was actually written in Bob Ney's office. HAVA, under the guise of resolving the 2000 election fraud issues, was actually written to promote the distribution of computerized voting systems across the nation. The bill was designed to send $3.8 billion taxpayer dollars straight into the pockets of corporations like Diebold, whose voting equipment has now been unequivacolly proven to provide an open door to election rigging. Diebold, one of the prime lobbyists for HAVA, was at the time a client of Greenberg Traurig, Abramoff's firm. I have compiled plenty of information on this issue, which I am ready to provide in order to get this story out. I have access to eye witnesses and players who were physically present and participating in Bob Ney's office when HAVA was written. As sexy as congressional scandal is, it pales in comparison to the real story behind the Abramoff affair: the theft of our democracy."
  • DU thread responding to MCM's article started 2006/01/08 - same user mentions Ney claiming that HAVA was "too important", writing that "But here were the crooks who were steering it through Congress--Ney and Abramoff--viewing it as a top priority above their dirty bribes. Add in Delay, who prevented a "paper trail" requirement (bottled it up in committee), and you have a veritable vipers' nest of corrupt Bushite Republicans determining how Americans will vote."
  • Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich - supported the introduction of Diebold's systems before later turning against them
    • Baltimore Sun, "Democrats promote Ehrlich connection to Abramoff", 2010/05/06
    • As seen below, there are also allegations by Wayne Madsen that Abramoff provided Deborah Jeane Palfrey's prostitutes to members of Ehrlich's administration as a lobbying payment
    • Washington Post, "Ehrlich's Running Mate Choice", 2006/10/06 - one commenter asks: "A follow question to Ehrlich. Did he give [Kristen] Cox a job at the request of his buddy Jack Abramoff? After all Cox was involved in the diebold scandal while at the NFB."
    • Marta Steele writes in her book: "According to Reporter Luis Monteagudo Jr., writing in September 2003 for the Union Tribune in San Diego, where SAIC is based: “[Governor Ehrlich] ordered Maryland election officials to proceed with the installation of the machines. Ehrlich said the study [SAIC] and its recommendations will lead to safe elections in Maryland.”"
    • From "Will the Next Election Be Hacked?" by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: "In response to the [Johns Hopkins] study, Maryland commissioned two additional reports on Diebold's equipment. The first was conducted by Science Applications International Corporation - a company that, along with Diebold, was part of an industry group [the Information Technology Association of America] that promotes electronic voting machines. SAIC conceded that Diebold's machines were "at high risk of compromise" - but concluded that the state's "procedural controls and general voting environment reduce or eliminate many of the vulnerabilities identified in the Rubin report." Despite the lack of any real "procedural controls" during the 2002 election, Gov. Robert Ehrlich gave the state election board the go-ahead to pay $55.6 million for Diebold's AccuVote-TS system."
    • New York Times, "Common Sense in Maryland", 2006/03/23: "The Maryland House's bill calls for replacing the Diebold machines with optical scanning machines for this fall's elections. Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr., once a Diebold supporter, has said he'll sign the bill if the State Senate agrees."
  • David DiStefano connection
  • 2017/10/31 email exchange with Brad Friedman (TODO: Upload and link)
    • "One thing I've been wondering for a while is how substantial Jack Abramoff's influence over HAVA was. As far as I can tell, officially, Abramoff's only involvement was lobbying Bob Ney to insert a gambling provision for the Tigua Indians into the law. However, there's reason to suspect (as some of your own articles have shown) that Abramoff's involvement might have extended farther.

      Since Ney, the main shepherd of the bill in the House, was found guilty of corruption involving Abramoff, that calls into question all of his earlier actions, including his HAVA support. Interestingly, as your article points out, Ney vehemently fought any reforms of HAVA, including paper trails. And there's the fact that Greenberg Traurig, the firm where Abramoff worked, was paid a substantial amount of money to lobby for Diebold in New York (though I don't know if Abramoff was involved with that), and that lobbyist David DiStefano, more directly involved with Diebold, had contacts with Abramoff's lobbyists.

      Also of note is the unexplained trip with Abramoff taken by Tom Feeney, who was implicated by Clint Curtis as wanting to rig elections.

      Basically, it seems like Abramoff is consistently lurking in the background of HAVA and the ensuing controversy over election fraud, but there's little I can find directly linking him to any of it. Do you know how well-substantiated Abramoff's involvement in the whole HAVA process was?"
    • "Without time this morning to offer more details, I'll point you to my interview with Abramoff on this (and some other matters) from a few years ago. Pressed him as hard as I could -- at least in the limited, live, on-air time we had to discuss all of it, and with hopes of keeping future contacts alive for more discussion…
      http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9420"

Human trafficking and sex rings

Sun Cruz Casinos

  • Washington Post, "Untangling a Lobbyist's Stake in a Casino Fleet", 2005/05/01 (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Guam interference

Russia connections

9/11 hijackers