Jack Abramoff is arguably one of the world's most famous lobbyists and former Washington power players. Dubbed on the cover of Time as the 'Man Who Bought Washington', Abramoff rose to become the nation's most successful and prominent lobbyist, before becoming enmeshed in the most harrowing political scandal since Watergate, for which he served 43 months in federal prison. Few know more about how Washington really works. Abramoff commenced his political career in college, when he was elected national chairman of the College Republicans. He next headed President Reagan's grassroots lobbying organization, honing the skills he would later deploy to become the nation's top legislative advocate. Beginning in 1994, Abramoff built one of the most prestigious and profitable lobbying practices, before his name became synonymous with corruption and what's wrong with our government. The fall from grace woke him up. Now, he's determined to rectify his wrongs and reform our corrupt political system.
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Congressmen accept donations and solemnly recite their oath of office: My vote is not for sale for a mere contribution. They are wrong.