How to Raise Cash... Disguise Its Sources... And Buy Influence

Choosing clients unfamiliar with lobbying is one way Abramoff cloaked the dubious machinery of his enterprise

HOW TO RAISE CASH... Abramoff tended to pick clients far removed from the Beltway who were sometimes either too desperate or too unfamiliar with the lobbying trade to question his unorthodox tactics and exorbitant fees

Indian tribes: Abramoff lobbied on their behalf mainly to protect their casino interests—thwarting competing ventures and legislative moves to tax gambling revenues. He and partner Michael Scanlon, a former aide to Congressman Tom DeLay, were also secretly playing off their clients against one another and bilking them of millions.

eLottery: This Internet gambling firm hired Abramoff and invested some $2 million in an intricate campaign in...

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