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Jack Abramoff  

"Casino Jack," the World's Most Famous Lobbyist

Arguably the world's most famous lobbyist, former Washington power player Jack Abramoff's rollercoaster life story might as well be a major motion picture. In fact, it is. Already two major motion pictures based on Abramoff's story have hit the silver screen. Dubbed on the cover of Time magazine as the "Man Who Bought Washington," Abramoff rose to become the nation's most successful and prominent lobbyist, before becoming enmeshed in the most harrowing political scandal since Watergate.

Having served 43 months in federal prison, Abramoff is out and ready to speak. Few know more than he does about how Washington really works. Abramoff once famously labeled the dysfunctional and Byzantine system which has become our federal government as the "favor factory." None can better show why this factory needs to be shuttered so good government and democracy can prevail.

Born in Atlantic City and raised in Beverly Hills, Abramoff graduated from Brandeis University with a degree in English literature and opera. At Brandeis, Abramoff commenced his political career, heading the state-wide college Republican group, and was credited with delivering Massachusetts to Ronald Reagan in 1980, the first time since Eisenhower that a Republican would win the Bay State. With that victory notched on his belt, Abramoff was elected as the national chairman of the College Republicans and built that organization into the largest student political organization in the free world.

His next position foreshadowed his rise to national prominence, as he was chosen to head President Reagan's grassroots lobbying organization. In this role, Abramoff honed the lobbying skills he would later deploy to become the nation's top legislative advocate. Under his leadership the organization pushed major Reagan administration initiatives through Congress and sponsored the world's first convocation of anti-Soviet forces in the bush of Southern Africa.

As the Reagan era wound down, Abramoff moved from the world of politics to the world of cinema, becoming a motion picture producer of action-adventure films, including Red Scorpion. His international experience in structuring motion picture finance made him a popular lecturer at Georgetown University Law Center, where he had been graduated in 1986, but the siren call of power drew Abramoff back to his roots and, in 1994, he joined the lobbying division of the law firm headed by Bill Gates' father. Abramoff put his extraordinary talents to work and, within a few years, built one of the nation's most prestigious and profitable lobbying practices. As Abramoff continued to build, his political base expanded and soon he found himself at the top of his profession.

When a corporation, Indian tribe, or foreign nation needed to win, they went to Abramoff. With his eclectic hand-picked team of lobbying guns, Abramoff never lost, and his clients reaped billions of dollars of benefit.

Abramoff's arsenal included his Signatures restaurant, one of the Capital's finest, some of the best sports tickets in the nation, and an unlimited capacity to raise funds to fuel the political system which made his power possible.

Abramoff had it all. And then it was gone. In an instant, his world collapsed and Abramoff fell into the abyss, eventually landing in federal prison, his name becoming synonymous with corruption and everything that's wrong with the US government.

This fall from grace changed Jack Abramoff, serving as a profound wake-up call. And now, Abramoff is determined to do all he can to identify and help end the corruption of the system he so well played. His inspiring orations will not only serve as a cautionary tale, but as an historic platform for reform of the system.

Abramoff's quick wit as a raconteur will keep his audiences enthralled as he brings them through the smoke-filled rooms of our nation's capital to presidential palaces around the world to the White House itself and, finally, to federal prison – and beyond.


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How Lobbyists Shape Your Industry: Everything Your Company Needs to Know--& Probably Doesn't Know--About the Influential World of Lobbying

No one can speak about the corruption in Washington to the extent that Jack Abramoff can, especially with such striking clarity and purpose. The former lobbyist disentangles the (intentionally) complex process of lobbying, and he conveys, better than anyone else, the enormous degree to which it impacts our economy, our democracy, and--most importantly--the everyday choices we make. You'll be shocked, maybe even angered. But you'll walk away with a nuanced understanding of how widespread the corruption is, how deep the money flows, why the public good is rarely on the agenda, and how we might attain transparency among our leaders. With verve and authority, Jack Abramoff makes a powerful and practical-minded case for how to bring about urgently needed change to the world of lobbying—and to government itself.

Can Washington Be Fixed? The Ultimate Insider Shows Us Why the System's Broken & How to Reform It

Former super lobbyist Jack Abramoff possesses an unfiltered view of corporate dealings in Washington, and, in his corporate talks, he shares cautionary tales, best practices, and unparalleled big-picture insight that will benefit almost any corporation. Abramoff can help your company or industry avoid lobbying traps, such as letting the system unwittingly undo your best efforts. What do you need to know about how lobbying really works? And, specifically, how it works in your industry? What are your competitors doing? How can you participate in lobbying efforts that are fair and efficient? With stirring detail and an eye toward your bottom line, Jack Abramoff takes you to the high-stakes intersection where business meets politics. This is an eye-opening and absolutely necessary talk.

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