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Abramoff, Convicted Lobbyist and Beverly High Alumn (1977), Talks To Beverly High Students

Beverly High alum, former lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff spoke to Beverly Hills High School students Tuesday about politics, his experiences and his novel, Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist.

Convicted in 2006, Abramoff served 3 ½ years in prison for mail fraud and conspiracy. Since his release from prison, Ambramoff has begun to advocate against the role and influences of special interests in Washington and also writing his novel.

According to the LA Times, Abramoff spoke of his time as a lobbyist with ties to Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, commanding rates of as much as $150,000 a month from a single client. Abramoff said he amassed his personal fortune while lavishing lawmakers and others with golf trips to Scotland, free meals and tickets to sporting events in exchange for influence. reported Abramoff talked about prison life, his efforts to stop lobbyists from giving gifts to public officials and the two films based on his life, both called “Casino Jack.” He liked the movie starring Kevin Spacey, but the documentary was biased.

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