WASHINGTON – Jack Abramoff’s blistering expose of corruption in our nation’s capital is screaming up the best-seller charts, and even the media elite are starting to take notice.
“Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist” is now listed at No. 7 among political titles on the Washington Post’s Book World best-seller list, which utilizes data from Nielsen BookScan.
“Washington’s culture of corruption, it seems, is the true villain,” writes the Post’s Christopher Shoppa, in summary of the book.
Just last week, about 100 friends of Jack Abramoff and friends of WND gathered at WND’s new corporate headquarters to honor one of the most vilified figures in modern American politics.
Among the party attendees were the legendary Capt. Eugene “Red” McDaniel and his wife Dorothy, Abramoff mentor Howard Phillips and his wife Peggy, “Flipside of Feminism” author Suzanne Venker, “Where’s the Birth Certificate” author Jerry Corsi and David Kupelian, author of “Marketing of Evil” and “How Evil Works.”
Book publicist Janet Fallon, WND CEO Joseph Farah, WND Managing Editor David Kupelian (Photo by Anita Crane)
Farah explained the book as an opportunity to tell the American people “the truth about what’s going on in Washington” and recommend ways “we can get our government back.”
Abramoff said the reaction to the book has been interesting, as he just wrote about what happened – the deals, the agreements and the promises that happened in lobbying in Washington.
After his fall from power, he said, “I started thinking about where I was and what I was doing and what the system was, and maybe [how to] make some changes.”
He said attacks such as a recent comment from a lobbyists’ organization are good, as they drive the discussion about the culture in the district.
Comments from Joseph Farah and Abramoff:
Once Washington, D.C.’s most powerful lobbyist, when Abramoff was fingered for corruption, many inside the Beltway sought to distance themselves from the his shady dealings. But now that Abramoff is out of prison, he’s turned over a new leaf and is determined to expose just how deep the Capitol’s culture of corruption has become.
Abramoff fell from Washington’s grace when, by his own admission, he stepped over the line in his efforts to influence members of Congress.
After years of congressmen lining up to do his bidding, executives heeding his every word and heads of government giving him attention, he ended up in prison, and his name became synonymous with government corruption.
But he took the fall as a wake-up call, and he now admits he did wrong. He lost sight of the “line,” and he had plenty of time to reflect during his 43-month prison sentence. He has paid the price, and now he is ready and willing to discuss details – as well as his unique insight into the systemic reforms needed to prevent others from falling into “disgrace.”
Now a free man, “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist,” is Abramoff’s autobiographical exposé unveiling the mysterious and corrupt world of federal politics.
In his book, Abramoff not only “outs” senators and members of Congress and sets out the details of insider deals previously unknown to most, but he also offers a Capitol Hill reform plan to rock the fraternal inside-the-Beltway culture.