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Lawmakers travel the world on lobbyists’ dime

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers are once again taking advantage of their summer recess to race around the globe on privately financed tours to places like China, the Middle East and Scotland – trips watchdog groups cite as evidence that congressional ethics reforms are unraveling. Critics of…

Jack Abramoff launches blog dedicated to rooting out corruption

Super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who became the poster boy for government corruption during the George W. Bush administration, has been born again as a corruption-fighter. His new blog, Republic Report, carries the slogan “Investigating how money corrupts democracy.” The blog is run in cooperation with United Republic, a group dedicated to…

Abramoff: It’s easy to corrupt congressional staffers

Appearing on Current TV’s “The Young Turks” on Tuesday night, notorious former lobbyist and convicted criminal Jack Abramoff explained just how easy it is to corrupt staff members crucial to the daily operations of Congress. “As soon as you speak to a chief of staff or a staff member up…

Occupy Wall Street supporters buy tv ad time

A commercial promoting the Occupy Wall Street movement has been running on mainstream TV stations this weekend. The 30-second ad, which was filmed a month ago but is only now gaining wide exposure, is not intended to sell anything or to solicit donations but to improve the image of the…

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