Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Abramoff Scandal Touches Nashville?

A Nashville based "Christian political action group" has been subpoenaed in connection with the ongoing investigation of corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, The Tennessean reports. Abramoff had told the Coushatta indian tribe in Louisiana to send a $10,000 check to the group.

I just last night finished reading Matthew Continetti's book, The K Street Gang, which I would call must reading for anyone wishing to understand both the Abramoff scandal and what has gone wrong more generally with the failed Republican revolution that began in 1994 and started losing its way shortly thereafter.

Continetti's book does not mention America 21; however, it does detail the creative ways that Abramoff found to funnel money through various groups in order to avoid taxes and regulatory reporting requirements. Some of these were purely shell organizations; others were legitimate ones that Abramoff used to further his own purposes.

The K Street Gang also has much to say about how Abramoff used Christian groups, particularly through his friend Ralph Reed, to further his agenda. When Abramoff's clients, indian tribes operating casinos, wanted to prevent competitors from opening, Abramoff would turn to Reed to mobilize Christian groups to oppose the opening of new gambling venues.

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