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Posts Tagged ‘Jack Abramoff’

Jack Abramoff: Role Model

Not sure who in the world scheduled this appearance, but racist, arbiter of public corruption and convicted felon Jack Abramoff was at Beverly Hills High yesterday to plug his new memoir Capitol Punishment. The LA Times’ Stephen Ceasar was at the event and penned this nausea-inducing graph:

[Abrmoff] spoke of his time as a powerful lobbyist with ties to Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, commanding rates of as much as $150,000 a month from a single client, which drew “oohs” from the teenagers.

How was this asshole allowed to come anywhere near children wearing anything other than prison blues? Well, Abramoff is a Beverly Hills High grad, you see. And…he’s turned his life around…or something, and become, according to the Times, “an unlikely foe of the role and influence of special interests in Washington.”

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Former Abramoff Payola Journo Doug Bandow Lands on HuffPo/AOL Front Page

The name wouldn’t ring a bell to most, but The eXiled boys were cruising HuffPo over the weekend when they noticed a strange byline gracing the site’s front page: Doug Bandow. The eXiled immediately recognized the name as the former Cato Institute fellow who took cash from Jack Abramoff to place reactionary op-eds in various media outlets across the country. Bandow was paid upwards of $2,000 an article to write pieces that would benefit the interests of Abramoff’s clients.

Bandow resigned from Cato after his payola scheme went public a few years back, but it looks like he’s found his way back to the think tank. And to the front page of a site that used to represent itself as the bastion of liberal politics on the Internet. Nice.

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Kevin Spacey, Method Actor is Studying Abramoff Behind Bars

kevin_spacey.jpgThis is a really fun bit from Nikki Finke. Awesome:

EXCLUSIVE: My sources tell me that 2-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and film director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl, Hearts of Darkness) are right now visiting Washington DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Cumberland Federal Prison. Abramoff, of course, was responsible for one of the biggest political scandal to hit the nation’s capital since Watergate, and is the subject of a screenplay Casino Jack starring Spacey and directed by Hickenlooper and written by Norm Snider (Dead Ringers) and produced by Bill Marks, George Vitetzakis and exec-produced by Donald Zuckerman and Richard Rionda of Hannibal Pictures. A portion of the project is being financed by Brad Feinstein of Titan Multi Media Group in a deal being negotiated by Paradigm. The story is described to me as a modern day GoodFellas set in Washington DC that plays like a thriller involving Karl Rove and others in former President George W. Bush‘s inner circle. Cameras will roll later next month.

I’m told that Kevin Spacey is set to star as Jack Abramoff,

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