The Web: WTO's gambling deadline missed

CHICAGO, April 19 (UPI) -- A deadline imposed by The World Trade Organization for the Bush administration to clarify its stance on online gambling passed earlier this month, without a pub
GENE KOPROWSKI, UPI Technology Correspondent

Abramoff-Safavian e-mails released

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- E-mails between convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a former ranking Bush administration official were released in Washington by U.S. prosecutors.

Lobbyist probe reveals a tangled web

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Congress and the Justice Department are reportedly investigating a California consulting firm founded by the brother of former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Abramoff clients spent $55M on lobbying

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- Clients of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff spent $72 million on political influence, including contributions to about 500 members of the U.S. Congress.

Tribe returns $3 million grant

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- An Indian tribe says it will return a $3 million federal education grant it received with the help of U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., says a report.

House ethics panel drops DeLay probe

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. House ethics committee will not open an investigation of retiring Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Texas, and other representatives accused of ethical lapses.

Money brings access to politicians

HOUSTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Recent guilty pleas and documents showing the inside workings of political lobbying shed light on the connections between Rep. Tom DeLay and big money.

Former DeLay aide pleads guilty

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- Tony C. Rudy, a former top aide to Rep. Tom DeLay, R-Tex., has pleaded guilty to conspiracy as a result of the investigation into lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

U.S. Senate passes lobby reform bill

WASHINGTON, March 30 (UPI) -- Dissenters in the U.S. Senate vote regarding a bill to reform lobby rules in Congress said the measure doesn't go far enough.

Lobbyist sentenced in Florida fraud case

MIAMI, March 29 (UPI) -- Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced Wednesday to five years and 10 months in prison for fraud in connection with the purchase of casino ships.

Travel ban has Republicans at odds

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- U.S. House of Representatives Republicans are reportedly at odds over whether lobby reform should include a ban on privately funded congressional travel.

U.S. Senate passes ethics measures

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Senate has voted to ban its members and staff members from accepting gifts and meals of any price from lobbyists.

Report: E-mail told Reed of lottery client

ATLANTA, March 4 (UPI) -- A self-avowed Christian Republican in Georgia who opposes Internet gambling has been linked to lobbying efforts that helped defeat a U.S. ban on the practice.

Lobby reform on Congress losing steam

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- Reform advocates claim the desire to change the lobby rules in the U.S. Congress is losing stream.

Abramoff tried to get Israeli oil rights

WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- Former high-powered U.S. lobbyist Jack Abramoff was in partnership with a Russian energy company to drill for oil in Israel, the Boston Globe reports.
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Jack Abramoff
Ken Salazar, D-CO, calls for a Special Council to investigate matters surrounding the Jack Abramoff lobying scandal during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on January 26, 2006. Salazar wants the Special Council to take over from the Justice Department to ensure against even the appearance of conflicts of interest or impropriety. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

Jack Abramoff (pronounced /ˈeɪbrəmɒf/; born February 28, 1958) is a former American lobbyist and businessman. Convicted in 2006 of mail fraud and conspiracy, he was at the heart of an extensive corruption investigation that led to the conviction of White House officials J. Steven Griles and David Safavian, U.S. Representative Bob Ney, and nine other lobbyists and Congressional aides. He served 3 years, 6 months of a six-year sentence in federal prison before being released early to a Baltimore halfway house on June 8, 2010.

Abramoff was College Republican National Committee National Chairman from 1981 to 1985, and a founding member of the International Freedom Foundation. He later became a top lobbyist for the Preston Gates & Ellis and Greenberg Traurig firms. He served as a director of the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative think tank, and Toward Tradition. His wife Pam and their five children live in Maryland.

Abramoff's lobbying and the surrounding scandals and investigation are the subject of two 2010 films: the documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, released in May 2010, and the feature film Casino Jack, released on December 17, 2010, starring Kevin Spacey as Abramoff.

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