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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:02 PM
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How to Own a Congressman
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/11/22-1

A widespread perception that Congress people respond increasingly to special interests has received additional support from a person who knows something about it. In a cynical interview with Lesley Stahl, from 60 minutes Jack Abramoff, one of the most notorious lobbyists in recent times, explains the tactics that he used in dealing with people in Congress. In addition, he gives a chilling assessment of recent reforms intended to change this situation.

In 2011, it was estimated that there were over 13,000 registered federal lobbyists based in Washington, DC. They spend huge amounts of money on their work, up to $3.5 billion in 2010 according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Their competence as individuals, groups or corporations to lobby the government is protected by the right to petition clause in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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When asked by Ms. Stahl if he could state how much it costs to corrupt a congressman, he answered, I was actually thinking of writing a book The Idiots Guide to Buying a Congressman- as a way to put this all down.

According to Abramoff, the best way to get a congressional office to be responsive to his demands was to offer a staffer a job that could triple his salary saying, You know, when you are done working on the Hill, wed very much like you to consider coming to work for us. At that moment, said Abramoff, we owned them. They were going to do everything that he requested. Neil Volz, one of the staffers Abramoff was referring to said in that program, Jack Abramoff could sweet talk a dog off a meat truck, thats how persuasive he was.

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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:03 PM
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1. K&R (NT)
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:13 PM
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2. meanwhile protestors in the public have their "right to petition" peppered sprayed. nt
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:51 PM
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3. exactly how many congresscritters do protestors own?
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 02:53 PM
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4. one would think that offering a job tripling a salary would constitute a bribe.
but i have to think they've made it legal, or at least they know the technically legal way of making the offer clear.

the entire system is hopelessly corrupt.
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