Jack Abramoff – Secret Weapons Inside Capitol Hill

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Jack Abramoff

Jack Abramoff

We like to think our Congress represents us – but does it? When they first arrive on Capitol Hill, new Congresspeople are immediately sought out and mentored by lobbyists. With over 20,000 lobbyists in Washington D.C., the role of lobbying in U.S. politics is a critical key for understanding how our government works. This segment explores lobbying and the systemic issues that can stem from it. Jack Abramoff – former lobbyist, convicted felon, and the author of Capitol Punishment – joins us with an insider’s perspective on the political processes that corrode truth, leadership, and the ethical representation of “We The People”. Jack Abramoff offers a rare and candid glimpse into the complex political realities surrounding legislation – how it’s drafted, voted in, killed, and largely unread by our representatives – and a deeper understanding of Congressional hearings, political immunity for insider trading, lobbying-related conflicts of interest, and high-level bribery.

In order to change our political system, we have to understand it first. Join us as Jack Abramoff, Washington D.C.’s most notorious former lobbyist, shares his insights into how it works – and what we can do to reform it.

(Original air date: 3/27/2012)

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1 Rebecca Hanna March 27, 2012 at 8:13 am

Outstanding interview–Kudos to Kim–well done!!!– Really Powerful! I am in awe.

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2 Robin Datta April 2, 2012 at 11:22 am

More on the accepted norms in the highest levels of the of national leadership:

Director Francis Megahy discusses his film on the lobbying system in Washington DC and its effects on society, on Financial Sense Newshour:

K Street Documentary: The Best Government Money Can Buy?

And This American Life tries to paint the politicians in as good a light as possible:
Take the Money and Run for Office

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