I was very surprised to learn from Public Citizen that Jack Abramoff had offered his support to the advocacy group in its ongoing fight on behalf of the American people. If you have forgotten who this man is, Abramoff was a “super lobbyist” who crossed the line in his work and violated criminal laws. He paid a high price for what he did. I received a copy of the note from Jack Abramoff to Public Citizen about the group’s work to “save democracy,” and his willingness to help, and found it quite engaging. I am setting the contents of his note out for your edification:
You probably never expected to hear from me on behalf of Public Citizen. In my former career, I opposed just about everything Public Citizen stands for. But last year, when Robert Weissman invited me to speak at Public Citizen’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., it was a profound experience.
As I told Robert, “I was involved deeply in a system of bribery – legalized bribery for the most part” that “still to a large part exists today.” Perhaps more than anybody, I truly understand the depths of K Street’s corrupting influence on Capitol Hill.
I can’t undo the mistakes I made. But I can say this: If you want to do something about how the lobbying industry uses legalized bribery and other ways that money corrupts democracy, I encourage you to support the efforts of Public Citizen.
If Jack Abramoff, considering his insider knowledge of how powerful lobbyists in Washington operate, sees a need to reform Washington, and joins Public Citizen in its ongoing fight, that should motivate all of us to get involved. Abramoff knows full well the strong control and influence lobbyists have over Congress and how they have gotten such vast power. I have been sort of surprised that Abramoff’s note to Public Citizen has garnered very little, if any, media attention. Abramoff’s involvement with Public Citizen may well make some of the folks he has done “business” with in the past very nervous. He could surely be a threat to the sleep habits of some folks if he decides to “tell it all.” I understand that we should stay tuned for more on that subject!
Source: Public Citizen
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