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Video: 60 Minutes - Jack Abramoff on the Lobbyist's Playbook

Crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains how he asserted his influence in Congress for years, and how such corruption continues today despite ethics reform. Lesley Stahl reports.

Jack Abramoff: The Lobbyist's Playbook‬

In The House, Many Spoke With One Voice: Lobbyists’

By Robert Pear

New York Times

In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. Often, that was no accident.

Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies.

E-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that the lobbyists drafted one statement for Democrats and another for Republicans.

The lobbyists, employed by Genentech and by two Washington law firms, were remarkably successful in getting the statements printed in the Congressional Record under the names of different members of Congress.

Academic Shock and Awe

This story gives you a glimpse into just how powerful non-corporate lobbying groups can get.  The Israel Lobby AIPAC is arguably one of the most powerful, if not THE most powerful lobbying group.  The organization and scope of influence permeates our entire nation, from the Congress to our colleges.  Once we rid ourselves of corporate lobbying, it will be time to put an end to massively powerful lobbying groups like AIPAC, who routinely impose their will on the rest of us through intimidation and coercive force.  There isn't a politician in Washington that would dare oppose AIPAC because they all know it would be political suicide.

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The Israeli lobby has enlisted US university presidents to its cause with no debate on US university campuses, writes Sharif Elmusa*

The Israeli emperor now wears only the clothes of apartheid. Many people are noticing and are speaking up. Some have taken steps to boycott this, perhaps the last, apartheid state. The wave includes a wide range of participants, from academic and labour unions to writers, artists, church and student groups and others. Together they speak of boycott, divestment and sanctions. Some of those in the forefront of the campaign are Jewish, including the art critic Peter Berger, Steven Rose at the Open University, and Israeli historian Ilan Pappe. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who labelled the Israeli system as worse than his country's former apartheid regime, endorsed divestment. What drew the ire of Israel and the Israel lobby the most, however, is a resolution by the British University and College Union (UCU) at its congress 30 May. The UCU resolution encourages its members to "consider the moral implications of existing and proposed links with Israel academic institutions," and to forge closer relations with Palestinian universities.

Video: Dirty Dealing In Washington - The Jack Abramoff, Speaker of the House, Tom Delay Lobbying Scandal

This documentary details the massive lobbying corruption that went on between Jack Abramoff and the Speaker of the House, Tom Delay.  This eye opening video is just the tip of a massive ice burg of corruption that has swallowed up our government.  This is business as usual throughout all levels of government, including your local and state government.  It's the classic story of the worst side of human nature.  Government is as it is because too many of us want to use it's power to gain some kind of financial advantage over someone else.

Lobbyists and Our, I mean "their" representatives in Congress, Ram Through The Medicare Drug Bill

The 1000-page prescription drug Medicare bill was written by drug lobbyists, presented to congress on the same day of its vote, ramrodded through congress with heavy-handed threats and coercion during an all-night session by corrupt politicians who later took multimillion dollar jobs with these same drug companies, and prohibited Medicare from using its massive purchasing power to negotiate discounts from the drug companies (as other groups like the VA does).

The result: almost 300 billions of extra profits for the drug companies over ten years. You, the taxpayer, are paying for this! This is outrageous.  This goes on day in and day out in our government. This is criminal and there needs to be consequences don't you think?   We can do something about it.  First, by cleaning house in Congress!
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Video: The Israel lobby - The influence of AIPAC on US Foreign Policy

This documentary (April 2007) was created as a result of the controversy created by Mearsheimer and Walt's "The Israel Lobby" article. Featuring interviews with Mearsheimer, geostrategist Lawrence Wikerson, Richard Perle, historian and critic Tony Judt, John Hagee, former Congressman Earl Hilliard, Kenneth Roth of Human Rights Watch, Michael Massing and Daniel Levy.

'Tegenlicht' ('Backlight') is a program from the Dutch VPRO public television.
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