Some issues lend themselves to grassroots campaigns - homeschooling works well - but others require contrivance and connivance to whip up support. Often, lobbyists will hire vendors to dispatch blast emails and robocalls in the hopes of bombarding Congressional offices with citizen fury.— Jack Abramoff
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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.
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.
It's very difficult for felons to live in society.
You can't beat somebody with nobody.
As a result, I've been portrayed as a cynical barbarian preying on the very clients I was charged to defend.
Well, I think the great tragedy in American politics is what is legal, not what is illegal.
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.
If I read the articles about me, and I didn't know me, I would think I was Satan.
They realize that spending millions to save billions is just good business.
If you make the choice to serve the public, public service, then serve the public, not yourself.
I'm a hypercompetitive individual.
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.
I'm a human being. I'm not perfect.
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.
Many of my e-mails have been maliciously taken out of context, another effort by those assaulting my career.
I support myself by public speaking and trying to work on as many appropriate and legitimate ventures as I can.
I'm capable of making $44 million. 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.
In the past two years, I've started the process of becoming a new man.
I am much chastened and profoundly remorseful over the reckless and hurtful things I have done in my life, especially those which have brought me before you today.
I think the American people deserve somebody telling them what is really happening in Washington.
I'm an aggressive person.
I think what I'm trying to do, reform-wise, is completely consistent with conservative philosophy. It may not be consistent with some so-called conservatives who live in Washington and make their living like I used to.
The hope in radio is to build an audience over a number of years, a slow build to see if something works.
One of my personality defects, perhaps, is that I'm rather ADD, and I work on a bunch of things at once.
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.
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 not asking people to feel sorry for me.
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.
Washington's a dangerous place.
Prisoners do different things. Some write, some read. Some engage in athletic events and working out and some do all of that. Some get involved in the religious groups that they're part of. Some get involved in hobbies that are permitted in prison. There are plenty of ways to stay busy. You're never going to survive in prison unless you start getting busy.
In the past few years I have begun the process of becoming a new man.
No one wants a domain with their name on it owned by somebody else.
I'm not trying to become popular.
I'm not exactly the endorsement people are seeking.
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.
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.
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.
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 fundraising lunch and not only buy him that steak, but give him $25,000 extra and call it a fundraiser. And have all the same access and all the same interactions with that congressman.