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Jack Abramoff to Speak on Government Lobbying, Corruption and Ethics

Jack Abramoff, former United States government lobbyist, will speak at Mount St. Mary’s University on government lobbying and ethics. Abramoff was sentenced on corruption charges to nearly four years in prison for defrauding Native American tribes out of millions of dollars.

jack-abramoff.jpgDubbed on the cover of Time magazine as the “Man Who Bought Washington,” Abramoff rose to become one of the nation’s most successful and prominent lobbyists before becoming enmeshed in a harrowing political scandal.

His talk will cover government and personal ethics. He will also discuss his transformation and redemption as a result of the incidents of his past. He has since rededicated himself to trying to make amends for his actions.

Since his release from prison, Abramoff has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs across major networks including CNN, ABC and “60 Minutes.” He has also worked with lobbying and campaign finance reform groups to effect positive change in the American political system. Actor Kevin Spacey portrayed Abramoff in the motion picture “Casino Jack.”

Abramoff began his political career at Brandeis University as head of the College Republicans. After becoming national chairman of that group, Abramoff was soon named head of President Ronald Regan’s grassroots lobbying organization on Capitol Hill. He held that position while attending Georgetown Law Center at night, and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1986.

The lecture will take place on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in Knott Auditorium at Mount St. Mary’s University. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. The event is free and open to the public.