"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
"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." -
"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 Tremblay1993 Wendy Gramm, Texas Senator Phil Gramm's wife, headed the
Commodity Futures Exchange
At Enron's request
Enron became exempt from Commodity Futures Exchange
Wendy Gramm resigned her position and 6
weeks later was appointed to the
Enron board of
"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
Turkmenistan and write
and plant opinion pieces in newspapers under the names of
think tank experts they
would recruit." - Ken Silverstein2000 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.
2003Richard 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 also employed as an advisor to Global Crossing, a major
telecommunications company 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
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.
Motors on matters of public policy before Congress.
Andrew H. Card
Jr. became George Walker Bush's White House chief of staff.
Glassman was a senior regulatory counsel at Daimler-Chrysler.
She became head
of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A. Rosen was a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis, a law firm that has
defended GM 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
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
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
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.
Abramoff later worked for Tyco
and was listed as lobbying the White House.
Tyco claimed in August 2005 that Jack
Abramoff had 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, stated
to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Jack Abramoff bragged that he could help
Tyco avoid tax liability aimed at
off-shore companies because he "had good relationships with members of
January 3, 2006 Jack Abramoff pled
guilty to fraud, tax evasion and
bribe public officials in a deal
that requires him to provide evidence about members of
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,
wire fraud, and tax
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
"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.
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
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
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
Four co-defendants of Siljander, who served in Congress
from 1981 until 1987, also were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Kansas
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.
closed in October 2004 after being designated a global terrorist organization
by the U.S. government.
Hamed, a naturalized U.S. 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
Siljander, sentenced to 12
months and one day in prison,
pleaded guilty to
obstruction and acting as
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 United States has designated as a global
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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