Before being convicted of committing fraud in 2006, Jack Abramoff was widely considered to be the most powerful lobbyist in Washington. After three and a half years of minimum security, Abramoff reveals his insider knowledge of corrupt federal political practices in America in his new autobiography "Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America's Most Notorious Lobbyist."
Referred to as the 'the man who bought' Washington, Abramoff bribed a number of high-ranking government officials in order to gain their political support for his clients. Many of the politicians connected to the scandal resigned from office and some, such as former Republican Congressman Bob Ney, were convicted of conspiracy and making false statements.
Has corruption in Washington declined since the 2006 Abramoff scandal? Do you think Abramoff's six-year prison sentence was harsh enough to deter others from committing similar crimes? How can we eradicate corrupt practices in U.S. politics?
Jack Abramoff, former lobbyist and businessman convicted in 2006 of mail fraud and conspiracy; author, "Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America's Most Notorious Lobbyist."