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A conservative is a liberal who's been mugged, and a libertarian is a conservative who's been indicted. ---->>>

A senator will come off Capitol Hill and they'll be barred from two years from lobbying in the Senate. So they'll pick the phone up and they'll call their buddy, the senator, their old buddies, and they'll say, 'Listen, I'm here at this law firm now. I can't lobby you, but my new partner, Jack, can lobby you.' ---->>>

Access is vital in lobbying. If you can't get in your door, you can't make your case. ---->>>

All I have, really, is my creativity. ---->>>

All I want is for people not to see me as this cartoon monster. ---->>>

As a lobbyist, I thought it only natural and right that my clients should reward those members who saved them such substantial sums with generous contributions. This quid pro quo became one of hallmarks of our lobbying efforts. ---->>>

As a lobbyist, I was completely against term limits, and I know a lot of people are against term limits, and I was one of the leaders, because why? As a lobbyist, once you buy a congressional office, you don't have to re-buy that office in six years, right? ---->>>

As a result, I've been portrayed as a cynical barbarian preying on the very clients I was charged to defend. ---->>>

Being somebody who wants to be religious doesn't make me perfect and doesn't make me necessarily any better than anybody else. It maybe makes me better than I would have been if I didn't have that level. ---->>>

Class envy is dangerous. ---->>>

Congress doesn't hate Congress. ---->>>

Democrats don't react the same way Republicans do, because they are not forced to react the same way Republicans are forced to react. They get to be as corrupt as, basically, they want, and just ignore it. ---->>>

Everybody's a complex person. Everybody. Everybody's nuanced. ---->>>

Having gone through what I went through, watching my family be torn to shreds and my children suffer immensely, I can't be the agent of doing that to someone else. I can't be the agent of causing someone to go to prison. ---->>>

Human beings are weak. ---->>>

I am much chastened and profoundly remorseful. I can only hope that the Almighty and those whom I have wronged will forgive me my trespasses. ---->>>

I believe in God. ---->>>

I can't afford to be a member of a golf course. ---->>>

I can't vote again ever, so political party is not a relevant thing for me. ---->>>

I did this within a philosophical framework, and a moral and legal framework. And I have been turned into a cartoon of the greatest villain in the history of lobbying. ---->>>

I don't pay much attention to sports. ---->>>

I got into lobbying kind of against my will at first. I frankly didn't want to be a lobbyist, but I realized that in lobbying I could do things politically that were interesting to me and do some what I thought would be good. I'm not sure it all turned out like that, but at least that was some of the initial thinking. ---->>>

I know I'm intellectually capable of finding a series of things and making hundreds of millions. I have to get there and do it. Carefully. Legally. ---->>>

I mean, money is a tool. ---->>>

I might dream, but I am no dreamer. ---->>>

I support myself by public speaking and trying to work on as many appropriate and legitimate ventures as I can. ---->>>

I think the American people deserve somebody telling them what is really happening in Washington. ---->>>

I try to avoid saying anything positive about any presidential candidate for fear that if I actually like them then I will kill their campaign. ---->>>

I'm a human being. I'm not perfect. ---->>>

I'm a hypercompetitive individual. ---->>>

I'm an aggressive person. ---->>>

I'm not a complete libertarian. There is a proper role in some areas of the government to have rules and regulations - I'm not an anarchist. ---->>>

I'm not asking people to feel sorry for me. ---->>>

I'm not exactly the endorsement people are seeking. ---->>>

I'm not trying to become popular. ---->>>

I'm trying to avail myself of the various technologies to get the message that Washington needs to be cleaned up, that the system that's in place is not what's beneficial in the country. ---->>>

If I read the articles about me, and I didn't know me, I would think I was Satan. ---->>>

If you chose to serve in Congress or on a congressional staff, you should be barred for life from working for any company, organization, or association which lobbies the federal government. ---->>>

If you make the choice to serve the public, public service, then serve the public, not yourself. ---->>>

In Hollywood, they put the knife in your front; in D.C., they put it in your back. I found far fewer duplicitous people in Hollywood. ---->>>

In my religion it's actually better to know you're doing wrong and try to improve that wrong than to think philosophically that what you're doing is right and in fact it is wrong. ---->>>

In the past few years I have begun the process of becoming a new man. ---->>>

It's very difficult for felons to live in society. ---->>>

Lobbying is not a bad thing. I'm not trying to say that we shouldn't have lobbyists or we shouldn't have lobbying to petition our government. It's in the Constitution, and it's something that should be honorable and good. ---->>>

Many of my e-mails have been maliciously taken out of context, another effort by those assaulting my career. ---->>>

No one wants a domain with their name on it owned by somebody else. ---->>>

One of my personality defects, perhaps, is that I'm rather ADD, and I work on a bunch of things at once. ---->>>

The hope in radio is to build an audience over a number of years, a slow build to see if something works. ---->>>

The lure of post-public service lobbying employment needs to be eliminated. ---->>>

The reason there are tens of thousands of lobbyists is because the ever-expanding federal government creates ever-increasing opportunities for abuse. The more the federal government does, the more lobbyists there will be to protect special interests at the expense of the common interest. ---->>>

They realize that spending millions to save billions is just good business. ---->>>

This is really high on the priority list of tribal concerns. This is a cash cow in many circumstances, and tribes are concerned about protection of tribal assets. ---->>>

Washington's a dangerous place. ---->>>

Well, I don't think most Americans are playing the super-PAC game. I think what you have is elites on both sides playing the super-PAC game. ---->>>

Well, I think the great tragedy in American politics is what is legal, not what is illegal. ---->>>

Well, I try to not view things through a prism of anti-Semitism, because often, people will use that as a sort of knee-jerk reaction to any criticism of Jews. ---->>>

When I arrived in prison, they locked the prison down that day because the media was all over the place. ---->>>

Words will not be able to ever express how sorry I am for this, and I have profound regret and sorrow for the multitude of mistakes and harm I have caused. ---->>>

You can't beat somebody with nobody. ---->>>

You can't take a congressman to lunch for $25 and buy him a hamburger or a steak or something like that. But you can take him to a fund-raising lunch and not only buy him that steak, but give him $25,000 extra and call it a fund-raiser - and have all the same access and all the same interactions with that congressman. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 02-28, 1958
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Occupation: Criminal
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Jack Allan Abramoff (; born February 28, 1959) is a American lobbyist, businessman, movie producer and writer. He was at the center of an extensive corruption investigation that led to his conviction and to 21 people either pleading guilty or being found guilty, including White House officials J. Steven Griles and David Safavian, U (wikipedia)