Super PAC flip-floppers: President Obama vs. "Casino Jack" Abramoff
Seán Kinane about 10 months ago
This week, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign announced it was encouraging donors to support the super PAC Priorities USA Action. Previously Obama had criticized the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC that made it lawful for outside groups including labor unions and corporations to contribute unlimited amounts to groups that can purchase political ads as long as they don't coordinate with the campaigns of politicians.
Jack Abramoff is a former Washington mega-lobbyist who was busted for fraud and conspiracy and served more than three years in prison. He is the subject of the documentary film about lobbying, Casino Jack and the United States of Money. There's also a film starring Kevin Spacey called Casino Jack.
But Abramoff seems to have had a change of heart. He has a new book out (Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist) and on the Colbert Report he said, "That's the problem. Most of what I did was legal."
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