Jack Abramoff’s new job: Selling pizza
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, still serving a sentence for defrauding clients and conspiring to bribe public officials, has a new job: He’s selling pizzas in Baltimore rather than influence in Washington.
Cimino said Abramoff is required to report to the halfway house several times a week to attend classes and perform other requirements, such as drug testing or programs, that are part of the conditions of his transition plan.
“He is still serving his sentence,” Cimino said.
Rosenbluth would not disclose Abramoff’s salary but said he “punches in and punches out” like any of the other 18 or so employees there. He expects the former lobbyist to work 40 hours a week, or close to it.
The Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal is a United States political scandal relating to the work performed by political lobbyists Jack Abramoff, Ralph E. Reed, Jr., Grover Norquist and Michael Scanlon on Indian casino gambling interests for an estimated $85 million in fees. Abramoff and Scanlon grossly overbilled their clients, secretly splitting the multimillion-dollar profits. In one case, they secretly orchestrated lobbying against their own clients in order to force them to pay for lobbying services.
In the course of the scheme, the lobbyists were accused of illegally giving gifts and making campaign donations to legislators in return for votes or support of legislation. Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) and two aides to Tom DeLay (R-TX) have been directly implicated; other politicians, mostly Republican lawmakers with connections to Indian affairs, have various ties.
Ladies, he’s a sweet talker too:
In emails now made public by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, which is investigating his activities, Abramoff repeatedly referred to Native Americans as “monkeys”, “troglodites” and “morons.”
Abramoff once asked his co-conspirator Scanlon to meet a client, saying in an email, “I have to meet with the monkeys from the Choctaw tribal council. You need to close the deal… with the client…”
About one tribal client (date unknown) Abramoff wrote to Scanlon, “These mofos are the stupidest idiots in the land for sure.” In another email message he wrote, “we need to get some money from those monkeys!!”
Tov Pizza is officially off of my list of places to eat (in case I was ever in the mood for a thousand mile lunch run)…