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Jack Abramoff’s Corruption and Bribery in Washington

Posted by Larry Doyle on November 8, 2011 9:06 PM |

Regular readers of Sense on Cents are well aware of my contempt for the relationship between those on Wall Street and their incestuous partners in Washington.

While my blog’s focus has been on this aforementioned relationship, let there be no mistake that the normal order of business now in our nation is that these incestuous relationships extend far beyond Wall Street into virtually every industry in our nation.

Regrettably, far too many of our supposed leaders in Washington who wield legislative power have embraced those who shower favors of all types on them.

You don’t believe me? 

Then take the 14 minutes to watch and simultaneously vomit over a 60 Minutes interview with Jack Abramoff, a noted scumbag and convict who showered these favors all over Washington. Mr. Abramoff may have limited credibility, but are there any amongst us who doubt for a second what he has to say.

Does any of this surprise you? The behaviors are reprehensible but at what point do they border on treason?

Where are our statesmen? What happened to our nation and real leadership?

Transparency is always the greatest disinfectant. Let’s not merely talk about reform. Let’s have a full and open accounting of all the bribery and corruption. Let’s name names and release figures and details.

When might 60 Minutes follow up this expose with another story in which they release the particulars behind this corruption and bribery in Washington?

How does America allow these losers to influence and govern our country?

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets, our economy, and our political realm so that meaningful investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.


  • Peter S.

    Treason. Exactly! SMC

  • fred


    This is the most scathing PROOF I have seen of the incestuous relationship between Washington and special interests (including Wall St).

    We should immediately take Abramoff’s advice to ban Congressional employees from becoming Lobbyists and while we’re at it, we should also determine which persons were ‘bribed’ and what were the ‘payoffs’ to special interest.

    All these ‘payoffs’ should be recinded immediately. How do we do it? Look no further than post Congressional employee employers and any favorable legislation addendums added by that Congessional office for that particular special interest.

    This should be front page news until all the scoudrels are found out jailed and restitution provided. Let the Justice Dept start by going back 10 years seeking treble damages.

    • LD


      Mr. Abramoff will now likely be blackballed and described as a scumbag and not credible.

      Which member of the media will pick up on Abramoff’s opening here and further pursue the story?

      Let’s find his contact info and I am happy to reach out to him.

      • fred

        It’s not totally clear but from the video, but it appears Mr. Abramoff was only prosecuted because he overcharged the Indian tribe he represented.

        In other words, he was prosecuted because a ‘special interest’ requested it. ‘They’ wanted him out because he violated the unwritten rules of the lobbying community by charging too much, not, as he should have been, for violating the laws for bribing public officials.

        What’s wrong with this picture?

  • michaelD

    serious question: what is the difference between jack and all of the others who are doing the same thing today that he did? what is the difference between jack and all the members of congress and the president that took the bribes he offered? and i don’t mean to point out that there isn’t any difference. i’m not going for the punch line, “he was convicted and sentenced; they haven’t been indicted.” i’m wondering why he went down. surely his contacts should have been able to shield him. why him? i’m absolutely not defending him; he’s scum. just wondering why they let him go down … esp with his knowledge of where the bodies … er … invoices … are buried. eric [place]holder’s abject failure to do ANYthing in the face of massive fraud today is a shining example of how TPTB don’t live under the same rules.

  • Randy B


    So why not also contact all your readers and let them know to watch 60 Minutes tonight, Sunday Nov 13th to learn about how Congress and their staffers engage “legally” in Insider Trading while everyone else goes to prison for the same actions?

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