"Lobbyists are almost always former officials in Congress or the executive branch
and thus friends of those who are still in political office." - Glenn Greenwald

the revolving door

What Happens When Corruption Is Systemic

Jack Abramoff: 'The whole system' is corrupt

Strategic Maneuvers: Revolving Door from Pentagon to Private Sector

"The revolving door between Washington government offices and lobbying firms is so lucrative and so established that anyone pointing out that it is institutionalized corruption is seen as baying at the moon." - Fareed Zakaria

"The same revolving door that exists between the military establishment and defense contractors is also observed to exist between the Washington based think tanks and US government departments." - Rodrigue Tremblay

1993 Wendy Gramm, Texas Senator Phil Gramm's wife, headed the Commodity Futures Exchange Commission.

At Enron's request Enron became exempt from Commodity Futures Exchange Commission regulations.

Wendy Gramm resigned her position and 6 weeks later was appointed to the Enron board of directors.

Drug lobby second to none

"Genocide by Prescription": Drug Induced Death in America

"The lobbyists I met at Cassidy & Associates and APCO were more than eager to help out. In exchange for fees of up to $1.5 million a year they offered to send congressional delegations to Türkmenistan and write and plant opinion pieces in newspapers under the names of academics and think tank experts they would recruit." - Ken Silverstein

2000  William Jefferson Clinton signs a bill with an amendment sponsered by Phil Gramm to entirely exempt Enron from oversight thus creating the private trading floor that lead to the Enron trading schemes - Fat Boy, Death Star, Get Shorty - leading to the California energy debacle which eventualy, with the help of Arnold Schwarzenegger, lead to quite a nice profit for the Wall Street bond brokers.

2003  Richard Norman Perle, 1st Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs for Ronald Reagan and chairman of Defense Policy Board for George Walker Bush, advisor to Defense Secretary Donald Henry Rumsfeld, is employed as an advisor to Global Crossing, a major telecom with strong financial interest in lobbying the DoD.

Richard Norman Perle is paid a several hundred million dollar commission to procure government approval of the sale of Global Crossing to Hutchison Whampoa and Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte.

March 21, 2003  New York Times article notes the conflict of interest of Richard Norman Perle forcing his resignation.

Of the major corporate melt downs at the turn of the millennium Gary Winnick of Global Crossing alone remained unscathed.

Andrew H. Card Jr. was General Motors vice president of government relations.

Andrew H. Card Jr. represented General Motors on matters of public policy before Congress.

Andrew H. Card Jr. became George Walker Bush's White House Chief of Staff.

Jacqueline Glassman was a senior regulatory counsel at Daimler-Chrysler.

She became head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Jeffrey A. Rosen was a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis, a law firm that has defended General Motors in numerous product liability suits.

Jeffrey A. Rosen became general counsel at the Department of Transportation.

2009"Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. We need to close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely. We are here as public servants, and public service is a privilege. It's not about advancing yourself or your corporate clients." - Barack Hussein Obama II, January 20, 2009

On February 12 Raytheon lobbyist William J. Lynn III (Pentagon comptroller during the Clinton administration) is overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate endorsing Barack Obama's decision to waive ethics regulations by putting a former revolving door defense lobbyist/government servant in charge of day-to-day operations at the Pentagon.

Jack Abramoff graduated high school in Beverly Hills. Jack Abramoff was elected chairman of the College Republican National Committee. Jack Abramoff spent ten years in Talmudwood, producing such movies as Red Scorpion, an anti-communist film made in 1988 just after his term with the College Republicans ended.

Jack Abramoff: 'The whole system' is corrupt

Congressman Tom DeLay, former Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, said during a New Year's trip to the Northern Mariana Islands of Saipan in 1997, "... one of my closest and dearest friends, v ...".
After the trip, Jack Abramoff helped Tom DeLay craft policy that extended exemptions from federal immigration and labor laws to Saipan industries, even though the products were allowed to be labelled 'Made in the USA' as part of the US Commonwealth.

Brian Ross at ABC News for 20/20 on March 13, 1998 pointed out that factories in Saipan have forced their workers to have abortions in order to keep their jobs.

I spent over a million dollars a year on tickets to sporting events and concerts and what not at all the venues

August 2005 Jack Abramoff works for Tyco and is listed as lobbying the White House.

Tyco claims Jack Abramoff has been paid $1.7 million for an 'astroturf campaign' to create a 'grass roots campaign' to oppose proposals to penalize American corporations registered abroad for tax reasons.

Timothy Flanigan, Tyco general council, states to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Jack Abramoff bragged he could help Tyco avoid tax liability aimed at off-shore companies because he "had good relationships with members of Congress."

January 3, 2006 Jack Abramoff pleads guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials in a deal that requires him to provide evidence about members of Congress.

Randall Harold Cunningham aka Randy or 'Duke' Cunningham was an F-4 Phantom Pilot, Navy Ace in Vietnam. As a California represenative in the House he voted in 2003 for the "Can Spam Act," which legalized spam and invalidated California's tough anti-spam law before it could go into effect.

Randall Harold Cunningham resigned from the House on November 28, 2005 after pleading guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion.

Bob Ney, an Ohio congressman, pleaded quilty to charges of bribery in October 2006. Bob Ney accepted several thousand dollars worth of gifts from Jack Abramoff for legislative 'favors'.

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

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." - Jack Abramoff

Lawrence A. Franklin, formerly a colonel in the Air Force reserve and a former Iran desk officer in the office of the Secretary of Defense is sentenced to 12 years for turning classified documents over to two lobbyists of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Jan 12, 2012 Former Southwest Michigan congressman Mark Siljander, accused of accepting stolen funds on behalf of a Missouri charity with alleged terrorism ties, was sentenced Wednesday to a year in federal prison.

Four co-defendants of Siljander, who served in Congress from 1981 until 1987, also were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas City.

Sentences ranged from probation to nearly five years in prison for Mubarak Hamed, the former executive director of the Columbia-based Islamic American Relief Agency.

Prosecutors said Hamed conspired to hire Siljander to lobby for the charity's removal from a government list of charities suspected of funding international terrorism.

The charity closed in October 2004 after being designated a global terrorist organization by the US government.

Hamed, a naturalized US citizen from Sudan, pleaded guilty in June 2010 to illegally conspiring to transfer more than $1 million to Iraq and obstructing the administration of laws governing tax-exempt charities.

Siljander, sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison, pleaded guilty to obstruction and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

Prosecutors said Siljander received $75,000 from the charity to push for its removal from the list, and that $50,000 of it was part of unused grant money that was supposed to have been returned to the US Agency for International Development after it terminated its grants for two relief projects in Mali, Africa, with the charity in 1999.

Of the $2 million the charity received, $85,000 was supposed to have been returned to the agency and wasn't, according to Don Ledford, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Western District of Missouri.

The indictment said Siljander and three charity officers agreed to cover up the money's origins and use it on the lobbying effort.

Siljander was charged with conspiring to engage in money laundering by transferring stolen USAID funds, and obstructing justice by lying to a federal grand jury and making false statements to FBI agents, officials said.

Money was funneled to Siljander through nonprofits, prosecutors said.

The original indictment alleged the charity sent about $130,000 to help Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, whom the US designated a global terrorist.

The money, sent to bank accounts in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 2003 and 2004, was masked as donations to an orphanage located in buildings that Hekmatyar owned.

Authorities described Hekmatyar as an Afghan mujahedeen leader who has participated in and supported terrorist acts by al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Prosecutors said Siljander, who now lives in Great Falls, Va., lied to the FBI about being hired to lobby for the charity.

He told investigators that the money he received was a donation to help him write a book about Islam and Christianity.

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