Submitted by Anne Landman on
Former Republican lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, free after serving 43 months in federal prison on corruption charges, will now try and make a living off of his past. Abramoff was a highly influential Washington, D.C. lobbyist who was found guilty in 2006 of bribing public officials and bilking his clients, the Choctaw Indian tribe of Mississippi, out of millions of dollars. He also overbilled his lobbying clients and pocketed the extra money. Abramoff, now 53 years old, broke and unemployed, has established a promotional website and plans to charge for giving talks about corruption in Washington with titles like "How Lobbysits Shape Your Industry" and "Can Congress be Fixed?" Abramoff is also making the rounds on talk shows like "Hannity," "60 Minutes," "The Early Show" and "Piers Morgan Tonight" in an attempt to rebrand himself as a whistleblower against corruption. He has a Facebook page and game app called "Congressional Jack," and a feature film in the works about his lobbying exploits. Abramoff needs to make money fast, since he must pay back over $40 million to the Indian tribe he was convicted of bilking. To assist his media endeavors, Abramoff hired PR specialist Janet Fallon of the Washington, D.C.-based PR firm PR Options to help organize his "redemption tour" and promote his new book, Capitol Punishment, about Washington politics. Prior to establishing PR Options, Fallon worked as media consultant at Weber Shandwick and for Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign.
Mutternich replied on Permalink
'Can Congress be fixed?' -- You gotta love it.
He should know if anyone should.
Anonymous replied on Permalink
Abramoff is broke and owes an Indian tribe forty million dollars... so naturally he retains his own P.R. firm to orchestrate a 'come-back'.
Please tell me how other broke and bankrupt Americans may go about retaining this firm for their *own* endeavors. Is this a special agency that serves those without capital, or might Abramoff not be as broke as he likes to declare?
PR Facts replied on Permalink
PR Options - WHO?
"PR Options" is unknown in the PR agency world; they are not charging Congressional Jack for their services.