Corruption? In DC?

Well, K St. Blues notwithstanding, one of DC’s lobbyist-Kings, Jack Abramoff plead guilty to felony tax evasion, fraud and conspiracy to bribe a government official. He faces 30 years of prison, though it’s more likely he’ll get around 10 years in Federal Pound Me In The Ass Prison, in exchange for helping the Feds take down a half dozen or so members of the House and Senate. So, K St. gets dealt another black eye, and the Hill pays its own price.

I suppose it should piss me off how obvious this seems, or how deep this seems to go, but it really doesn’t. Is it so bad that I’ve come to expect the absolute worst from lobbying firms on illustrious K St., when I know they’re capable and able of doing good without resorting to payola, bribery, and unabashed-favor-baiting?

Perhaps Lucky was right when he called DC a city of liars and cheats…

1 Comment so far

  1. Stacey (unregistered) on January 4th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    This is rough for everyone, and certainly those that plead guilty or are found guilty are just that. And, they then deserve what the court orders them to.

    But, I don’t believe in a second that all lobbyists (or lobbying shops) are corrupt and/or deserve the presumption of that – from whoever (media, Everyday Joe, etc.). So, I will employ the “Bad Apple Theory” and say that while of course there are bad apples out there, lobbying is legal and there are people that follow the rules. A lot of them, in fact.

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