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|Hail to the Chief?|
|Persons of interest|
Jack Abramoff (1959 – ) was a Republican lobbyist and good friend of Tom DeLay, until he was caught taking bribes from both sides in a case of two Native American tribes that were each fighting to get the other's casino shut down.
In 2002 there was also a grand jury investigation into some money he received. Strangely, a day after this investigation was announced the chief prosecutor for the case and instigator of the investigation was unexpectedly demoted by Dubya after which the whole thing fizzled out.
He was also the producer of an '80s anti-commie action movie that got in serious trouble for using South African army units as extras, in direct violation of the anti-apartheid rules set up by the SAG. Pro-freedom indeed.
Now a high powered, minimum wage pizza man.
Prison success story?
Since being released from prison, he has (ostensibly) become a campaigner against the legalized bribery that is the US's lobbying system. Old joke; a crooked politician can be bribed ten different ways, and an honest one a hundred. He has written a book detailing his crimes and what as an insider he thinks should be done to fix the system, painting himself as a fallen knight seeking redemption.