More on the Reed, Abramoff Scandal

The Hill has another piece on the current lobbying scandal, in which (in case you have been living in a cave for the past 8 months) involves Ralph Reed. The article gives a good overview of the key players involved in this “little” scandal, as well as their ties to Abramoff, or “Casino Jack” as they refer to him in the article.

The former Christian Coalition head was contracted by Abramoff and Scanlon on a number of occasions to stir up evangelical opposition to new casinos that could threaten the existing business of Abramoff’s clients. Reed, who is running for Lt. Governor in Georgia received over $5 million from the duo and has said he did not know he was being paid by gambling interests, but e-mails released later suggest he did.

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Norquist was the campaign manager for Abramoff’s successful 1981 bid to become chairman of the College Republicans. After the two reunited in D.C., Norquist served as a pass-through for over $1 million in funds, some of which were destined to support Ralph Reed’s grassroots organizing for Abramoff. Norquist brokered a meeting with President Bush for the chief of one of Abramoff’s tribes.

It may be a small world in politics, but some coincidences are just hard to believe. This probably isn’t new news to most Peach Pundit viewers, but only continues to show the growing problem that Ralph Reed will face while trying to get elected here in Georgia. Meanwhile, his opponent is raising money and gaining support fast …


  1. Bull Moose says:

    Supporting Ralph Reed for Lt. Governor makes as much sense as it would to support Jack Abramoff for Lt. Governor of Maryland…

  2. Romegaguy says:

    Cant remember where I read it but there are rumors that Abramoff is about to cut a deal and name some names of folks that he successfully bribed… Could get more interesting.

  3. Bull Moose says:

    If I were Abramoff, I’d give up every single Member of Congress and Senate… They will all get what they deserve…

  4. GAWire says:

    I have also heard the widely spread rumor that Jack, et al are about to give up a lot of others involved. Interesting in The Hill piece, there are a number of other Members mentioned in some sort of involvement … Vitter? Interesting. The fact is that the deeper they dig, the more they are going to find that a lot of Members and their offices worked with Abramoff in some way in the past. Does that make them guilty of wrongdoing? Not necessarily, but it certainly doesn’t help to have your name attached to him right now. Kind of turning into the same situation for Reed …

  5. Bill Simon says:

    GAWire, if said Members “worked” with Abramoff, and said Members have disclosures that reveal payoffs…err…”contributions” by Abramoff clients that coincide with favorable outcomes of his clients, then that’s a pretty good indicator of somewhere to look for wrongdoing.

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