Abramoff, Washington Lobbyists and the Business of Government

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The Jack Abramoff scandal has exposed how the growth of lobbying has made Washington a profit center for American corporations. Some $2 billion to $6 billion a year are being spent on influence peddling, which means opportunities for both legal profit-making and widespread corruption. Do ordinary citizens have a chance of being heard by their elected officials? What does it mean for America's role as a model democracy? We speak with lobbyists and others about how the system works, how it's exploded out of control and how public confidence in American democracy might be restored.
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President Bush's remarks after meeting with current and former Secretaries of State and Defense

K Street Project

Birnbaum's article on Abramoff case bringing new scrutiny lobbyists and lobby system

Acting Israeli PM Olmert's remarks on Ariel Sharon at Special cabinet meeting



Warren Olney