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Jack Abramoff Weighs in on Efforts to Legalize Online Gambling

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Yesterday Reuters interviewed Jack Abramoff, the former Republican lobbyist and convicted felon who defrauded American Indian nations of more than $82 million, about his opinion and projections of current efforts to legalize online gambling in the United States.

Abramoff—who pled guilty in 2006 to charges of tax evasion, mail fraud and conspiracy—shared his side of the story and how he accomplished the fraud in his memoir Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist, which was released November 14, 2011.

Abramoff shared with Reuters that he was "instrumental in stopping Congress from making it definitively illegal to gamble on the Internet" in 2003.

Reuters asked the former lobbyist for his advice: "Whose palms have to be greased to get this fast-tracked through Congressional committees?”

Abramoff essentially explained lobbyists were tasked with the challenge of converting the conservatives and religious right. They would need to show the "benefits it can bring to society, how it would be regulated and bring in tax revenue."

Read more about Jack's memoir, efforts to resuscitate his image, and why a Blackfeet tribal member and Indian Country advocate and lobbyist Tom Rodgers can never forgive his transgressions.