Jack Abramoff, the imprisoned and now reformed D.C. lobbyist whose new book causes Washington elites high anxiety, debuts today as a weekly exclusive columnist for WND, the world’s leading independent news site.
Once Washington, D.C.’s most powerful lobbyist, when Abramoff was fingered for corruption, many inside the Beltway sought to distance themselves from 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 – and to offer solutions about how the federal government can be cleaned up.
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 now admits he did wrong. He has paid the price – a 43-month prison stay – 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.”
“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.
Said WND Editor Joseph Farah: “Jack Abramoff knows where all the bodies are buried in Washington. It will be interesting to see what he reveals in his columns in the weeks and months ahead.”
Before embarking on his lobbying career, Abramoff was the national chairman of the College Republicans – a role in which he worked to organize and mobilize grass-roots conservatives across America.
Abramoff and his wife, Pam, have five children and live in the Washington, D.C., area.
Abramoff’s commentary will appear each Wednesday on the WND commentary page. Read Abramoff’s first exclusive column for WND, “Gratitude for faith and family.”