GAMING & WARGAMES
In his tell-all autobiography, Capitol Punishment, Jack Abramoff admitted that he and his team of GOP operatives “wargamed” Democratic Alabama Governor, Don Siegelman, to derail his run for re-election. They devised a lurid plan for eliminating the unbeatable Democrat because a fair election would never put Republican Bob Riley in office. To finance Riley’s run for Governor, they laundered twenty million tribal gambling dollars into the campaign.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee issued a lengthy report . . . [saying] that Mississippi Choctaw Chief Phillip Martin had spent millions “to get the governor of Alabama [Bob Riley] elected to keep gaming out of Alabama so it wouldn’t hurt . . . his market in Mississippi.”
THE INDIAN LOBBYING SCANDAL
The Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal was pulled off by Jack Abramoff and his old College Republican pals: Ralph E. Reed, Jr., Grover Norquist and Michael Scanlon (among others.) Their efforts were made to bring about a Republican Revolution, exploiting Indian casino’s fear of taxes and competition for an estimated $85 million in fees. In the Siegelman Case, $20 Million was funneled to the Alabama GOP operatives to try to elect their candidate Bob Riley. When local Alabamians saw the vast sums of money rolling into the Riley campaign, they asked how all that money was raised. “Church bake sales” was the answer.
Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on March 29, 2006 after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. After 3½ years in jail, Jack Abramoff was released and wrote a tell-all biography, Capitol Punishment, in which he confesses that he “war-gamed” Siegelman to the tune of $20 million.
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