Jack Abramoff, on how to clean up Washington

The notorious lobbyist Jack Abramoff, convicted on federal corruption charges, has literally written the book on Washington corruption. Titled “Capitol Punishment,” it reportedly details how Abramoff, who initially saw lobbyists as “guys in the $2,000 suits who sucked the lifeblood out of our nation,” became one of those guys himself.

As Politico reports, the book also includes some suggestions on how to clean up the mess:

In the 3½ years he spent at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Md., Abramoff says he paced the track at the medium security prison day after day, “consumed” by the problem of how government can be cleaned up.

One of the conclusions he draws is to entirely eliminate any campaign contributions by lobbyists, those bidding for federal contracts and anyone else who stands to benefit financially from public funds.

Lobbyists should not only be banned from making campaign donations, but they should also not be allowed to give gifts, he argues.

“Instead of limiting the amount of money a lobbyist may spend on wining and dining congressional members and staff, eliminate it entirely,” says Abramoff, himself guilty of once having lavished contributions, meals, event tickets, travel, golf and jobs on federal officials. “No finger food, no snacks, no hot dogs. Nothing.”

The ex-lobbyist also proposes eliminating the “lure of post-public service lobbying employment,” suggesting anyone who served in Congress or as a congressional aide should be “barred for life” from lobbying the government.

“That may seem harsh — and it is,” he says, but nonetheless adds, “If you choose public service, choose it to serve the public, not your bank account. When you’re done serving, go home. Get a real job.”

Sounds like a plan to me.

– Jay Bookman

99 comments Add your comment

Kamchak

November 2nd, 2011
3:44 pm

Lobbyists should not only be banned from making campaign donations, but they should also not be allowed to give gifts, he argues.

Translation: Don’t do as I did, do as I say.

Loser.

Lord Help Us

November 2nd, 2011
3:44 pm

Let’s see how many in the Tea Party agree…

Brosephus

November 2nd, 2011
3:51 pm

That’s not something I’d expect to hear from someone like Abramoff. Maybe if we started giving hard time to all these corrupt jackasses many more would contemplate changing their ways.

Peadawg

November 2nd, 2011
3:53 pm

“Sounds like a plan to me.” – I 2nd that.

Adam

November 2nd, 2011
3:54 pm

Wow. Surprisingly sound advice. Interesting that a number of us downstairs were saying exactly this right before this was posted. The public consciousness must be on a similar wavelength.

Logical Dude

November 2nd, 2011
3:56 pm

But Jaaaaaaaayyyyyy. . .

Can’t think of any good snarky comebacks. I just wanted to be the one to say “But Jaaaaaaaayyyyyyy”

DebbieDoRight

November 2nd, 2011
3:59 pm

SoCoBro: Maybe if we started giving hard time to all these corrupt jackasses many more would contemplate changing their ways

DIdn’t he get Federal Time? If so, then he didn’t learn much. They should’ve put him into the same cell with Rick James while he was going through withdrawal. Or maybe a skin head who hate Jews, Blacks, People with orange hair, People with eyes, etc. — THAT would’ve rehabilitated him big time.

ty webb

November 2nd, 2011
3:59 pm

it’ll never happen…take the money out, then pols will just be bought with different “currency”. They’re human therefore they’re corruptible. The answer is far simpler…Robots!

Adam

November 2nd, 2011
3:59 pm

Logical Dude:
It’s all Obama’s fault.

Soros, Solyndra, Socialism.

Climate Change isn’t real, and anyway if it is real we’re not causing it, and anyway if we’re causing it there’s nothing we can do about it.

Evolution is wrong because it doesn’t explain the whole of time, space, and things beyond our imagination.

What’d I miss?

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
4:00 pm

The GOP, and the Dems to some lesser extent, would go apoplectic.

Money is free speech.

And the dirtier, the more they love it…

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
4:02 pm

Will Tom Delay get Jack’s old cell?

Kamchak

November 2nd, 2011
4:02 pm

What’d I miss?

Liberals are gonna make everybody get ghey married, then force ‘em all to get abortions.

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
4:02 pm

And is Ralph Reed praying non-stop the Indians don’t find him?

DebbieDoRight

November 2nd, 2011
4:03 pm

Adam: What’d I miss?

The Dingo Ate My Baby.

Ronnie Raygun

November 2nd, 2011
4:06 pm

@Lord Help Us -”Let’s see how many in the Tea Party agree…”

Aren’t the tea geezers a little busy mixing up their ricin so they can do their whole “overthrow the govenment” thing?

Brosephus

November 2nd, 2011
4:06 pm

DDR

I’d agree somewhat. There are some Fed lockups that I wouldn’t want to even set foot in the visitor’s center. He probably would have done much more soul searching had he been Pookie’s cell mate though.

DebbieDoRight

November 2nd, 2011
4:07 pm

What’d I miss?

Liberals are gonna make everybody get ghey married, then force ‘em all to get abortions

Right after they force their religion on them by throwing holy water into their eyes and screaming, “May the Demon of Liberalism Leave This Body!!” and “Commie Sympathizer!!

Ooops forgot one, “Wealth ENVY!!!”

Parade of Knuckleheads

November 2nd, 2011
4:07 pm

`
Herman Cain has a 9% brain.

Kamchak

November 2nd, 2011
4:09 pm

The back cover of the book’s $25.95 hardcover edition —

The only people that are bigger losers than this asshat, are the ones shelling out $30 for his book.

I suspect it will be found in the $5 pile soon enough.

carlosgvv

November 2nd, 2011
4:09 pm

You do not have to pace a prison track for 3 1/2 years to know that money driven politics is sucking the lifeblood out of our nation. And, since money talks and BS walks, it doesn’t take much time to realize that this problem is next to impossible to fix. It will take far more than thousands of people occuping our cities to pry the politicians away from their Big Business sponsors. A viable third party that does not take one dime of corporate sponsor money is, I think, the only sensible way out of this mess. Unfortunately, the odds of this happening seem to be about zero. Enjoy.

DebbieDoRight

November 2nd, 2011
4:10 pm

He probably would have done much more soul searching had he been Pookie’s cell mate though.

Yeah, Pookie, Nut-Nut, BayBay and T-Boy. I’d even throw in Anne Coulter — after 5+ years staring at that souless bag of bones, he’d come out either repentent or suicidal.

Granny Godzilla

November 2nd, 2011
4:12 pm

Go No Go

November 2nd, 2011
4:15 pm

I used to work at the same law firm where Abramoff was a lobbyist. Guy’s a D-bag of note. However, he’s right on this, but I’d go further – take all money out of politics; give candidates for office a set – and the same – amount of $$; they can spend it where and how they choose, but once it’s gone, that’s it. Money is the root of all evil and it is destroying our country.

DebbieDoRight

November 2nd, 2011
4:16 pm

Good one Granny – but I’d bet those scaredy cat Dems in the House and Senate would buckle under the pressure of someone saying something nasty about them. You know how weak some of those Dems constitutions are; they’d catch the vapors and faint if someone actually wanted them to FIGHT for their beliefs! :roll:

Marie

November 2nd, 2011
4:16 pm

@DDR and Brosephus — what proof do either of you have that he isn’t rehabilitated?

As to his suggestions regarding lobbyist — it will never happen. Politicians love lobbyists and some even have their own family members working for lobbying firms. This is a good ol’ boy system that showers the good ol’ boys (and girls) with all kinds of goodies.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:16 pm

Bad article Jay. No liberal has anything to say about this because everyone knows that they are worse than as Republicans. in fact, the little weasel, Tom Daschle was married to a lobbyist.

pat

November 2nd, 2011
4:17 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gBrHkxqNT7s

LOL!!!

If you don’t get it, as I suspect at least half of you won’t, the jokes on you…Libs: Nothing like an absence of reason the driving policy.

carlosgvv

November 2nd, 2011
4:18 pm

But…..but…..but…….Granny, we all know those miserable Democrats are as dependent on Corporate money as the Republicans. I mean, that’s what all the compassionate conservatives here say. And they wouldn’t lie, would they? Huh? Would they?

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:18 pm

Granny Godzilla

Herman Cain has about 6 million.

Obama is working on his second hundred million and has a goal of one billion.

Yes, please lets stop this criminal act of election buying.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:19 pm

carlosgvv

Not as dependent. The numbers say much, much, much, much more dependent.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 2nd, 2011
4:20 pm

Well, if I want to know how to rob a bank, I ain’t going to no FBI agent. And if I want to know how to bribe my Congressman, I sure ain’t going to no cop. I’m going straight to somebody like this Abramoff.

Still, he’s got some great ideas. Just once I’d like to see a campaigning Congressman thumbing a ride, instead of passing me in a limo. And maybe saying “Brother can you spare a dime?” instead of hanging out at some swanky country club and laughing at working folks.

Oh, well, another expert ruint. We’ll never know all the tricks he could of taught us. If in another 40 or 50 years I make it up to lobbying for the beer industry I’d want somebody like Abramoff to teach me the ropes. But there ain’t nothing worse than a reformed sinner, and I’ll stay away from him now, thank you very much.

Brosephus

November 2nd, 2011
4:21 pm

what proof do either of you have that he isn’t rehabilitated?

The same proof that he IS rehabilitated, his word. Frankly, being an ex-con kinda cheapens his word, doesn’t it? It seems to keep others from getting any decent job or anything else in society, so why should he be treated any different?

Jefferson

November 2nd, 2011
4:22 pm

A bribe is a bribe. Freedom of speech — the more money you have, the louder the voice, eh ?

Only someone who can vote should be able to donate, with limits and disclosure so you know who is buying who.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:22 pm

Go No Go

the correct phrase is ” Love of money is the root of all evil,” but I really like your idea.

And how about stopping the setting president from using Air Force One as his own campaign bus?

Bruno

November 2nd, 2011
4:22 pm

give candidates for office a set – and the same – amount of $$; they can spend it where and how they choose, but once it’s gone, that’s it.

Go N Go–Thank you for putting forth a reasonable solution. It’s refreshing to see someone–anyone–working toward a solution here on the JB blog. The name calling gets tired.

Per your solution, the problem I see with it is how do we define who is a legitimate candidate. If I can get my hands on millions of dollars, then I may just declare myself a candidate for President. How would you go about qualifying candidates??

Stonethrower

November 2nd, 2011
4:22 pm

If you are looking for this book, it’s listed under “fiction”.

Barbarella

November 2nd, 2011
4:23 pm

Georgia militia sounds redundant.

Bruno

November 2nd, 2011
4:25 pm

This is a good ol’ boy system that showers the good ol’ boys (and girls) with all kinds of goodies.

Looks like we need some good old fashioned political competition then. If one party voluntarily stops accepting gifts, the other party will be forced to join in.

Not to throw more dirt on Obama’s political grave, but didn’t he renege on his pledge regarding campaign dollars once he saw that he was out-collecting McCain?? Maybe some of you Repub haters here can defend that.

Brosephus

November 2nd, 2011
4:25 pm

Thank you for putting forth a reasonable solution. It’s refreshing to see someone–anyone–working toward a solution here on the JB blog. The name calling gets tired.

I’ve stated that same position for a while now. Seems like you should read a bit more… ;)

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
4:26 pm

“Souless bag of bones”

Damn, Granny! That one cracked me up.

(But I suspect rag, among others, is not amused. She is his fire starter when he is “barbequing” alone…)

Bruno

November 2nd, 2011
4:26 pm

GLL–Hadn’t chatted with you in a while, but glad to hear that life is better for you now that you left Atlanta. Moving to Columbus has been great for me.

TaxPayer

November 2nd, 2011
4:27 pm

Republicans should be jumping at the opportunity to implement legislation making anything lobbyists do illegal if they truly believe that the Democrats are more on the take than they are. Go for it.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:27 pm

Barbarella

The vast majority of militia groups are in the North West along with most white supremacy groups. You know: Washington and Oregon . . . blue states.

Jefferson

November 2nd, 2011
4:27 pm

Used to, the politicians would have BBQs and bribe voters, now they have $1000 a plate fund raisers and you bribe them…

Joe COOL

November 2nd, 2011
4:28 pm

-GOP pollster makes Herman Cain accusation-
A veteran Republican pollster and former National Restaurant Association employee said Wednesday morning that Herman Cain sexually harassed a woman at an Arlington, Va. restaurant in the late 1990s.

Chris Wilson, now the principal of an Oklahoma-based GOP consulting firm, said in an interview on Oklahoma City’s KTOK radio station that the episode took place in the neighborhood where Cain kept an apartment when he headed the restaurant trade group.

WAIT….did i miss something? I thought all this hoopla was cuz he was black.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1111/67473.html#ixzz1ca8Vsidt

pogo

November 2nd, 2011
4:29 pm

Labor Unions should also be banned from making contributions. Modern unions are nothing more than corporations wherein the leaders get rich at their workers expense. And they most certainly have lobbyists who promise millions of their dues-paying members dollars (whether the member’s want to contribute or not) upon their favorite nominee. You talk about corruption.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:29 pm

Bruno

Good for you. Columbus is a good town. I’m up here in the sticks, but I love it. Also built the house I have wanted for so long. Of course, because of that, i’ll be driving the old chevy for quite a while.

Jefferson

November 2nd, 2011
4:30 pm

Unions, NRA, GE — if you can’t vote, you can’t give.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:30 pm

Joe COOL

Another story in Politico. Shocker!!!

deegee

November 2nd, 2011
4:31 pm

“Lobbyists should not only be banned from making campaign donations, but they should also not be allowed to give gifts, he argues.”

And it took him how long to come to this obvious conclusion?

Jefferson

November 2nd, 2011
4:32 pm

The GOP works for billionaires, the D’s work for millionaires (more of them), who’s closer to your net worth ?

Joe COOL

November 2nd, 2011
4:32 pm

Good little liberal, yep and from a GOP’er and former National Restaurant Association employee!

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:33 pm

pogo

Great point about unions. they force their members to pay dues and then buy Democrats with the money. So much for union members controlling who they support.

Barbarella

November 2nd, 2011
4:33 pm

Good lil lib,

The vast majority of vapid and ignorant posts are supplied by you. Scratch off.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:34 pm

Jefferson

Soros? Gates? millionaires? Their dogs are millionaires.

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
4:34 pm

The vast majority of militia groups are in the North West along with most white supremacy groups. You know: Washington and Oregon . . . blue states.

The vast majority, huh?

I say complete, unadulterated b*llsh*t. They are spread all over the republic.

But I’m sure you’ve got some real compelling evidence to corroborate that unusual assertion. (Or perhaps even the first scintilla thereof?)

LOL…

Paddy O

November 2nd, 2011
4:35 pm

A bit like Chicken little here with Abramoff. However, that is one of 3 needed Constitutional Amendments:

1) Restrict contributions to campaign to ONLY voters in that candidates district – but, increase the individual annual donation to $25,000 – adjustable by Congress.
2) Balanced budget amendment – the wolves around the chicken coop can’t help themselves.
3) Ban abortion. State that life starts at conception, terminating it for convenience after conception would then be murder.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:35 pm

Barbarella

Brilliant come back. You do the best you can. And everyone really appreciates your attempts.

TaxPayer

November 2nd, 2011
4:36 pm

North Georgia, home of the four Georgia terrorists, is as red as it gets, politically speaking.

Paddy O

November 2nd, 2011
4:36 pm

jefferson – that must be why the blue collar manufacturing laborer is getting housed. Why support blanket free trade agreements?

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:37 pm

AmVet – Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

Sure, when someone approaches me that is not acting like a slobbering, half witted imbecile, i’ll point them out.

Paddy O

November 2nd, 2011
4:38 pm

at this point, unions are predominantly parasites on the economy. exactly what are public sector unions protecting their members from? exploitation of the citizenry?

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:38 pm

TaxPayer

Georgia is home of the Georgia terrorist? Really?

Barbarella

November 2nd, 2011
4:39 pm

Good lil,

Feel free to suck on your man-boobs….

Brosephus

November 2nd, 2011
4:39 pm

Great point about unions. they force their members to pay dues and then buy Democrats with the money. So much for union members controlling who they support.

So much for union knowledge from a non member. As statistics show, the majority of union members are public union members. I know for a fact that on the federal level, unions are prohibited from using any money collected as dues for any political activity whatsoever. Seeing that many states have some kind of GOP majority somewhere, it’s probably not too big of a stretch to think that the same applies on the state level.

Unions have PAC’s just like corporations. When you stop corporations from using money, then you stop unions from doing likewise.

Joe COOL

November 2nd, 2011
4:39 pm

-AP Exclusive: Third Cain harassment accuser surfaces-

smh…..hes going down in flames like Tiger..lol

thewindwhistler

November 2nd, 2011
4:39 pm

We tolerate monopoly with lobbyists, they have a monopoly on the influence of our congressional represenatives. Most of the Washington power elite are lawyers. They must know that monopoly is illegal but they chose to overlook it because of the gargantuan sums of money changing hands.
We have a heriatage of freedom where all people are created equal and equally represented in government. Lobbyists go there merry way influencing legislation that will benefit the lobbyi g community. Is there a way to rid ourselves of lobbyists, yes there is, it is the Sheman Anti Trust Act forbidding monopolies, this is a monopoly of congressional influence by a few “mighty Lobbyists.”

Let us free ourselves in the words of the great orator “free at last thANK GOD almighty free at last.

DebbieDoRight

November 2nd, 2011
4:40 pm

Marie: @DDR and Brosephus — what proof do either of you have that he isn’t rehabilitated?

Well, the jobs fairy, you know the good fairy that the republicans are using to help create jobs, she told me.

And, like every good flag pin wearing, Annie-Get-yer-gun, god fearing republican, that’s all the proof I need.

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
4:41 pm

Oh yeah, sure you will.

There’s your proof, Barbarella.

He slings vapid and ignorant sh*t like that every single day here and is utterly incapable of corroborating his made up out of thin air nonsense.

(Research ain’t his bag.)

Trust me, there will tons more…

carlosgvv

November 2nd, 2011
4:41 pm

Good Little Liberal – 4:19

You know as well as I that if the measure introduced by DEMOCRATIC Sens. Udall and Bennett has to go thru the REPBLICAN controlled House, it will have a zero chance of passing. Of course, some Republican senators could support them. And, of course, flying saucers will land on the White House lawn tommorrow.

Brosephus

November 2nd, 2011
4:42 pm

exactly what are public sector unions protecting their members from? exploitation of the citizenry?

Nope, quite the opposite. Many public sector unions are pretty much toothless when it comes to exploit anything. Feds can only negotiate things like scheduling and assignments. There’s no negotiating on pay or benefits. It’s rather funny to see how conservatives portray unions as some huge monster when they would probably resemble something more like a toothless poodle.

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:42 pm

Barbarella

Thanks for the permission, but never had them. I stay in good shape. Now put down that cigarette and stop munching on that left over halloween candy.

DebbieDoRight

November 2nd, 2011
4:42 pm

Soros? Gates? millionaires? Their dogs are millionaires.

That’s no way to talk about their dates!! :shock:

TaxPayer

November 2nd, 2011
4:43 pm

Georgia is home of the Georgia terrorist? Really?

Four… that have been caught. I seriously doubt that is all of them. Really.

Terrence

November 2nd, 2011
4:43 pm

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:44 pm

AmVet – Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

Do you really think that I owe you anything? LOL!! When is the last time you gave me a civil word?

Libertarian

November 2nd, 2011
4:44 pm

TaxPayer

November 2nd, 2011
4:36 pm

City of Atlanta, Clayton County…home of most of the crime in Georgia. And as Blue as it gets, politically speaking….

So, whats your point again?

Good little liberal

November 2nd, 2011
4:46 pm

DebbieDoRight

rim shot!! We’ll be here all week. Try the veal and tip your waitresses.

Gotta drive home in this awful traffic. (That’s actually a joke) Ya’ll have a good night.

Barbarella

November 2nd, 2011
4:47 pm

Good lil,

Time for mommy to pry off those fruit of the looms and lube you up with old spice in preparation for your daily feed bag.

DebbieDoRight

November 2nd, 2011
4:47 pm

Sure, when someone approaches me that is not acting like a slobbering, half witted imbecile, i’ll point them out.

THAT’s no way to talk about your dates!!! :shock:

TaxPayer

November 2nd, 2011
4:47 pm

So, whats your point again?

The four terrorists were caught in red north Georgia, not Clayton County or Atlanta. So what’s your point, Libertarian. Do you think crime does not exist in north Georgia or something.

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
4:47 pm

The militia movement is a relatively new right-wing extremist movement consisting of armed paramilitary groups, both formal and informal, with an anti-government, conspiracy-oriented ideology. Militia groups began to form not long after the deadly standoff at Waco, Texas, in 1993; by the spring of 1995, they had spread to almost every state. Many members of militia groups have been arrested since then, usually on weapons, explosives and conspiracy charges. Although the militia movement has declined in strength from its peak in early 1996, it remains an active movement, especially in the Midwest, and continues to cause a number of problems for law enforcement and the communities in which militia groups are active.

Hmm, no mention of Washington or Oregon…

Maybe Mr. Made Up Geography can clarify how the “vast majority” are there.

(He’s our virtual equivalent of the kid who wonders around with a Kick Me sign unknowingly taped to his back…)

Kamchak

November 2nd, 2011
4:48 pm

City of Atlanta, Clayton County…home of most of the crime in Georgia. And as Blue as it gets, politically speaking….

So, whats your point again?

All criminals are terrorists?

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

November 2nd, 2011
4:48 pm

Libertarian

November 2nd, 2011
4:50 pm

TaxPayer

November 2nd, 2011
4:47 pm

No, I just think your statement was stupid and pointless. So I made an equally stupid and pointless statement. It was just a stupid statement bashing the “other side.”

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
4:57 pm

City of Atlanta, Clayton County…home of most of the crime in Georgia.

Do you Republicans and Republican-lites ever know what the hell you’re carrying on about?

Or do all of you just make up obviously fallacious nonsense out of thin air?

http://www.wesellptc.com/crime.html

Jay

November 2nd, 2011
4:58 pm

Breaking news sheets above, bad news for the Hermanator.

dbm

November 2nd, 2011
4:58 pm

These measures sound good, but I don’t know how much they will really help. As long as there is so much at stake, corruption will probably find a way.

The only real way to clean things up is to have much less at stake, and also to make legislators less dependent on “expert” advice, by eliminating mixed-economy statism in favor of laissez-faire capitalism.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 2nd, 2011
5:01 pm

Well, this Cain guy must be a studd. S-T-U-D-D! Now a third woman says Cain tried to get her to come to his apartment while they was both working for the National Restaurant Association. Probly the reason all these women are ratting him out is because they met each other on the way to and from that apartment. One thing’s for sure, you can’t say he wouldn’t have the energy to be President. Why, he could be the next Bill Clinton!

dbm

November 2nd, 2011
5:03 pm

Lots of people benefit in some way from public funds, especially if you include indirect benefit, at the same time that they are suffering harm from government. If anyone isn’t benefiting, they have a potential for doing so in the future. Where do you draw the line?

Soothsayer

November 2nd, 2011
5:12 pm

TaxPayer

November 2nd, 2011
5:14 pm

Wow. Fauxnews is going after co-authors of reports on climate change! The shock! Yet another ClimateGate! This could be the big one, Elizabeth! I would have thought that the logical thing for them to do in order to prove to the world that the earth is actually cooling would be to show their peer-reviewed lab results confirming that ice melts when it gets colder. :lol:

AmVet - Read my lips. No new neo-cons.

November 2nd, 2011
5:44 pm

“This is a case study of how not to handle” a campaign crisis, said political analyst Norman Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.

On Monday, Cain forcefully denied all of the charges and said he was “not aware of any (legal) settlement.” Politico, however, reported two separation packages in the five-figure range.

Later, Cain changed his tune, saying he did in fact know about a “separation agreement” in one of the cases.

Which is really odd.

Since throughout this campaign, he has been such a paragon of truthfulness…

Ninja

November 2nd, 2011
8:03 pm

The scumbag is right. He should know.

Barbara C. Olsen

November 3rd, 2011
9:19 am

Sounds like a plan….lot’s go!

[...] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Abramoff also suggests government workers should be banned – for life – from lobbying their former coworkers and others in government. [...]

[...] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Abramoff also suggests government workers should be banned – for life – from lobbying their former coworkers and others in government. [...]

tim Maitski

November 7th, 2011
7:26 am

As long as we have a huge government that is involved in so much of our lives and has the power to dole out favors through legislation, you’ll always have people trying to influence the system to their advantage.

The ultimate solution is to cut the size and scope of government so it’s an insignificant part of our lives.

[...] The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said Abramoff also suggests government workers should be banned – for life – from lobbying their former coworkers and others in government. [...]