From the pinnacle of power to the privation of prison, to the resurgent power of reform
Jack Abramoff’s rollercoaster life story might as well be a major motion picture. In fact, it is. 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.
It was at Brandeis University that Abramoff commenced his political career, heading the state-wide College Republican group which was credited with delivering Massachusetts to Ronald Reagan in 1980. Abramoff was elected as College Republican national chairman and built that organization into the largest student political organization in the free world.
He then headed President Reagan’s grassroots lobbying organization, where he honed the lobbying skills he would later deploy to become one of the nation’s top legislative advocates. Under Abramoff, the organization pushed major Reagan administration initiatives and sponsored the world’s first anti-Soviet forces conference in the bush of Southern Africa.
After the Reagan lobby, Abramoff moved to the world of cinema, becoming a motion picture producer – making 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 in 1994, he joined the lobbying division of the law firm headed by Bill Gates’ father. Within a few years, he 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.
In 2004, the biggest political scandal in a generation erupted, bringing Abramoff down with it. After serving 43 months in federal prison, he is out with a new book, “Capitol Punishment”, and a mission to fight the very corruption in which he was immersed.
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List of Past Clients
- Harvard Law School
- American University
- University of Utah – Hinkley Center
- The Nantucket Project
- Capital Tiger Bay Club – Tallahassee, FL
- Nat’l Conf of State Legislatures
- American Jewish University
- University of Southern California
- University of Texas
- Institute for Private Investors
- Young Presidents Organization – Beverly Hills
- Conservative Leadership Conference – Las Vegas, NV
- Legislature of Kentucky
- Charlotte School of Law