The Jack Abramoff Papers: Part 1

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From the Beginning...how Abramoff teamed up with Grover Norquest, Ralph Reed, and Tom Delay to run the "Agenda"

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The Jack Abramoff Papers: Part 1

  1. 1. The Jack Abramoff Papers Utah’s Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing Part 2
  2. 2. Who Is This Guy ? <ul><li>. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Jack Abramoff was a Lobbyist <ul><li>His Clients Included : </li></ul><ul><li>Microsoft Corp. </li></ul><ul><li>Time Warner </li></ul><ul><li>Magazine Publishers of America </li></ul><ul><li>Envirocare of Utah </li></ul><ul><li>And Many Others… </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mainly Gambling Interests <ul><li>Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe </li></ul><ul><li>Suncruz Casino </li></ul><ul><li>Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians </li></ul><ul><li>Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana </li></ul><ul><li>Commonwealth of the N Mariana Islands </li></ul><ul><li>eLottery Inc </li></ul>
  5. 5. Especially Indian Tribal Casinos <ul><li>Tribal Casinos Generate over $14.5 Billion Dollars in annual revenue. </li></ul><ul><li>To put that in perspective, General Motors reports a net income of about ½ billion dollars. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Jack Abramoff’s <ul><li>First shot at the National Spotlight was when he spoke to the National Republican Convention in 1984. </li></ul><ul><li>Abramoff was the elected Chairman of the Young College Republicans. </li></ul>
  7. 7. His Election was Engineered by : <ul><li>Grover Norquest … </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ralph Reed was Abramoff’s “Right Hand Man” <ul><li> </li></ul>
  9. 9. Then Came the Republican Revolution … <ul><li>Republicans had control of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. </li></ul><ul><li>Norquest had written the “Contract with America” and was close friends with Newt Gingrich, the new “Speaker of the House”. </li></ul><ul><li>It was Norquest’s plan to make sure all Lobbyists, Congressmen and other organizations were all on the same page. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Grover Norquest Organized The “K Street Project” <ul><li>The 1 st goal was to bring Big Lobbyists together with Republican Organizations, and Republican Political Leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>The 2nd Goal was to force Lobbying Firms to hire Republicans. </li></ul><ul><li>The 3 rd Goal was to make sure Republican Congressmen did business only with Republican Lobbyists. </li></ul>
  11. 11. “ The Enforcer” was the 3 rd Most Powerful Man in the new Republican Congress. <ul><li>Tom Delay: </li></ul>
  12. 12. Norquist Promoted Abramoff … <ul><li>As THE Lobbyist to do business with … </li></ul><ul><li>Abramoff Joined the Seattle Law/Lobbying Firm of Preston Gates and Ellis . </li></ul><ul><li>He was close to Norquest, Delay and Reed since his days as Chairman of the College Republicans. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The K-Street Plan Had Four Major Components : <ul><li>Norquist wrote “The Agenda” </li></ul><ul><li>Abramoff Brought in the Money </li></ul><ul><li>Delay Got “the Agenda” through Congress. </li></ul><ul><li>Ralph Reed provided “Moral Cover” and grass-roots support as head of the “Moral Majority”. </li></ul>
  14. 14. For Example : <ul><li>One of Abramoff’s Clients, The Mississippi Choctaw Tribe ran the largest Indian Casino Operation in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>They were concerned that Congress would soon pass a law that taxed their Casino Gambling Profits. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Grover Norquest : <ul><li>Grover also controlled the “Americans for Tax Reform” as well as “K Street’s Agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>In return for “massive” donations to “ Americans for Tax Reform” , he framed the “Casino Tax” with Abramoff as just another “tax increase” on every American Family. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ralph Reed <ul><li>Norquist’s organization, “Americans for Tax Reform” served to funnel Choctaw Casino money to Ralph Reed’s “Christian Coalition”. (Pat Robertson’s old group) </li></ul><ul><li>Reed’s job was to “shut down” other Indian Tribes that could threaten Choctaw’s revenue. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Ralph Reed (cont.) <ul><li>To do this, he used the “Christian Coalition” to block additional Indian Casinos on “moral grounds”. </li></ul><ul><li>Ralph Reed was accused of taking over $4 million personally from Jack Abramoff. </li></ul><ul><li>Choctaw Gambling Money sent to the “Christian Coalition” via Norquist’s “Americans for Tax Reform” greatly exceeded that amount. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Tom Delay Handled Congress … <ul><li>His P.A.C., Americans for a Republican Majority was used to “reward” those Congressmen that voted with “The Agenda” </li></ul><ul><li>He also helped set-up the “Family Network” which took-in $345,000 of Choctaw money from Abramoff. </li></ul>

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