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Abramoff accuses Newt Gingrich of 'corruption.' Really.
Politico ^ | 11/16/11 | MAGGIE HABERMAN

Posted on 11/16/2011 11:34:29 PM PST by federal__reserve

Gregory asked Abramoff - who finished a jail stint over a year ago on influence-peddling charges and has been promoting his recently-published book - about the strategic counseling fee of over $1 million that was paid to Newt Gingrich by housing giant Freddie Mac.

"What do you make of all that?" Gregory asked.

Abramoff replied, "This is exactly what I'm talking about. People who come to Washington who have public service and they cash in on it. And they use their public service and their access to make money, and unfortunatley Newt Gingrich is one of them who have done it.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abramoff; breakfastattiffanys; capandtrade; diamondnewtie; fixhealthcare; gingrich; globalwarming; healthcare; maybeglobalwarming; newt; newtcare; nocapandtrade
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Now Politico is going after Newt. I report you decide.
1 posted on 11/16/2011 11:34:29 PM PST by federal__reserve
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To: federal__reserve

It sounds like Abramoff is going after Newt.

but then Id love to see what the work looks like that that Newt did....

In Newts defense .....they all do it

maybe the cleanest way to make money after politics is giving speeches


2 posted on 11/16/2011 11:40:37 PM PST by woofie (It takes three villages and a forest of woodland creatures to raise a child in Obamaville)
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To: woofie

The cleanest way to eliminate all corruption is to make the tax code SIMPLE, and with no loop holes. Then the lobbyists lose their entire usefulness.


3 posted on 11/16/2011 11:44:12 PM PST by federal__reserve (Politicians fluent in Libyan situation are solely responsible for the economy on life support.)
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To: federal__reserve

What else would u expect from a long time, insider DC Hack like Gingrich.

Abramoff knows a lot about corruption.

Gingrich and the rest of the DC hacks (Past and Present)
are the reason this country is in a death spiral now.

For those of you who believe the same hacks on both sides who have brought this death spiral upon us are the ones who can solve it, u might want to wake-up.

Until most of the DC hacks are retired, this spiral will continue. The ones in office now have proven they are incapable of saving this country. That leaves only one option... a total collapse.


4 posted on 11/16/2011 11:47:56 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: federal__reserve

Abramoff is in full image rebuilding mode. What better way to get on the MSM’s good graces than start hammering the GOP after being one. Watch this crooked loser make it to more and more prime interviews to peddle his book and smear the Right.


5 posted on 11/16/2011 11:50:24 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: tennmountainman

I have to agree. With president Newt, it will be a miracle if any true reforms take place. He is the consummate Washington insider.

The only thing I like about Newt is his debates with Obama will be interesting. And if he is the nominee I will vote for him. Beyond that, nothing much will change.


6 posted on 11/17/2011 12:04:09 AM PST by federal__reserve (Politicians fluent in Libyan situation are solely responsible for the economy on life support.)
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To: federal__reserve

The fact that Politico and Abrahoof (a convicted felon) are going after Newt matters little to me. It is expected.

I will put on my kevlar proof jammies.

I don’t think we have a candidate that will beat the big “O”. I am focussing on the Congressional and Senatorial race at this point.

That being the case, I would dearly love to see O bashed in a debate.

There is no doubt that Newt could do that.And maybe create some doubt with some of the independents.

Newt may not be president...but he may have a part to play.

I would vote for any of the nominees, before I would let O have another 4 years. (Well, Myth and Paul could cause me some serious grief.)


7 posted on 11/17/2011 12:04:46 AM PST by berdie
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To: federal__reserve

Regardless of who the GOP nominee is and if that nominee becomes President, the death spiral will continue.

I believe we have already passed the point of no return.
I am finding myself spending less time worrying about Politics
And more time planning for what the future holds 8-10 years down the road.


8 posted on 11/17/2011 12:15:31 AM PST by tennmountainman
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To: federal__reserve

The RATs will go after whoever is the front runner.

Get used to it people.

This will be the nastiest political season ever.

EVER


9 posted on 11/17/2011 12:50:07 AM PST by Blado (2008: Year Zero of the Zombie Apocalypse.)
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To: woofie

Given the continued losses at Freddie Mac, I think Newt should give his consulting fees back. His advice was either unheeded or not worth it.


10 posted on 11/17/2011 1:28:10 AM PST by Roy Tucker ("You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."--Ayn Rand)
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To: woofie

Newt got the contract because he’s part of the “ruling/political class”


11 posted on 11/17/2011 2:26:15 AM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: federal__reserve

Newt has been lead down the wrong path and stood in the crap of Washington. Also Abramoff is no judge of men’s character. The evil in Washington has existed too long. The evil is in too many souls in Washington. I know one man will not fix it.


12 posted on 11/17/2011 2:33:24 AM PST by bmwcyle (Obama is a Communist, a Muslim, and an illegal alien)
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To: federal__reserve

His record as Speaker is really quite impressive.

I don’t think there is much love between Newt and the congress, after the way he was ousted from it.

Newt is one we’ll have to watch, but then, aren’t they all?


13 posted on 11/17/2011 3:49:26 AM PST by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: woofie
The man did not need to be a money grubber, he had a damn fine retirement, office allowance for life and over a quarter million per year. Some people just do not have sense enough to retire.
14 posted on 11/17/2011 3:58:56 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by "AMNESTY" Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: federal__reserve
Politico, teams up with MSNBC to go after Newt.

It was the same tag team going after Cain.

15 posted on 11/17/2011 4:01:36 AM PST by opentalk
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To: opentalk

Abramoff looking for attention in the MSM... Gets more face time on the shows and sells more books.


16 posted on 11/17/2011 4:03:10 AM PST by TBBT
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To: federal__reserve

If there wasn’t a Freddie Mac, there wouldn’t be a problem.


17 posted on 11/17/2011 4:10:10 AM PST by popdonnelly (Socialism isn't going to work this time, either.)
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To: popdonnelly

I heard this abrahoff criminal in an interview on wmal in wdc. he says he owes $44 MILLION in fines for his indiscretions. Pay that first, then talk, you felon.


18 posted on 11/17/2011 4:12:28 AM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: opentalk

“Politico, teams up with MSNBC to go after Newt.

It was the same tag team going after Cain. “

And a good chunk of the conservative media helped them out, so they can get a candidate they liked better.

So let’s see how our brain trust deals with this one.


19 posted on 11/17/2011 4:23:18 AM PST by VanDeKoik (1 million in stimulus dollars paid for this tagline!)
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To: Roy Tucker

“Newt should give his consulting fees back. His advice was either unheeded or not worth it.”

Well, Freddie Mac did get their $181 billion bailout with support from republicans. For them, buying Gingrich was a very good deal.


20 posted on 11/17/2011 4:23:26 AM PST by BarnacleCenturion (Heartless)
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To: federal__reserve
I CANNOT BELIEVE SOMEONE USED INFLUENCE TO MAKE MONEY. FIRST TIME I HAVE EVER HEARD OF THAT. / sarcasm.

It happens every day in every business in everyart of the world. Glass houses....stones......

21 posted on 11/17/2011 4:27:46 AM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: federal__reserve

This is rich.


22 posted on 11/17/2011 4:31:09 AM PST by RockinRight (One year from now, we have an opportunity to take our nation back.)
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To: woofie

Now this is very interesting. When Abramoff was being interviewed on Sean Hannity’s show last week (why, I don’t know), he said that Newt was practically the ONLY politician who didn’t succumb to his bribery overtures.

Now he’s piling onto the “Get Newt” bandwagon?


23 posted on 11/17/2011 4:32:31 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: federal__reserve; All
NOTHING Abramoff did was criminal, nothing he did should be illegal.

Why then was he convicted of? "Mail fraud and conspiracy"???!! What the heck kind of charges are they!

Abramoff was politically guilty of three counts. ONE: He was a Republican power player who was JEWISH. Well. That's REALLY the only count.

I wanted to count the facts that Abamhoff was (2) a good-looking Jewish Male and (3) in his college years he established a potent College Republican organization and was a firm, effective and energetic Reagan supporter.

Abramhoff is an honest man. He operated in a culture of the dishonest, as a Republican JEW, a high-powered effective lobbyist, and THAT made him very vulnerable.

It is simply stunning to me to watch how the the Jew-haters rush out IMMEDIATELY to play whack-a-Jew when his name is mentioned.

24 posted on 11/17/2011 4:35:22 AM PST by bvw
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To: federal__reserve
Anyone that actually opens their eyes and has been paying attention the past 20 years knows this is true... and it is true about 70% of the criminals in DC. We are stuck with a slate of awful candidates... we have to choose one... but just remember one thing... ALL of these candidates are replete with problems... but all but a few are better than obama. We have to pick the best of a bunch of third tier politicians. We have to eat a rotten sandwich... which one will just make us ill and which one will kill us? Hmmmmmm.

LLS

25 posted on 11/17/2011 4:42:02 AM PST by LibLieSlayer ("Americans are hungry to feel once again a sense of mission and greatness." Ronaldo Magnus)
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To: federal__reserve
... and unfortunatley Newt Gingrich ...

Interesting. Politico doesn't have fact check OR spell check.

26 posted on 11/17/2011 4:42:49 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: opentalk

It’s just a shame that we don’t have a fair media that would have gone after Obama’s past like they have with every Republican. The bias on their part is just blatant and over the top.

Do you really think Obama would have beaten Hillary in the primary if everything about his past were revealed?


27 posted on 11/17/2011 4:54:44 AM PST by woweeitsme
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To: federal__reserve
Politico is now the Left’s private Hit Squad.

If corruption via influence on the part of top political leaders is such a critical matter, then why do they not begin by examining the top of the food chain?

Lets see their investigation of how Moochelle first of all gets a job as VP of Community Relations at University if Chicago Hospital earning 122K per year.

Then when Obama became a senator in 2005, her ‘salary’ leapfrogged to $$316,962.

Throw in that she had her license to practice law taken from her.

When Hitico investigates this first then they can talk about the questionable choice that GOP Presidential candidates have made.

At this point its just nakedly transparent that the role this group plays it to confront the GOP with Hit Pieces so the Left can retain political power.

28 posted on 11/17/2011 5:01:13 AM PST by R0CK3T
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To: federal__reserve

The Obama/Romney plan is to take down every conservative by means of the media.

Newt made a coupla hundred thousand a year as an expert consultant with Freddie Mac.

Was he supposed work at MacDonalds after his government life.

I have a number of friends who were SpecOps in the military. They are highly trained in a very specialized skill. When they retire, they use their background to land positions in firms that also deal in those kind of specialties.

How is that different than what Gingrich has done?


29 posted on 11/17/2011 5:03:01 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True Supporters of our Troops PRAY for their VICTORY!)
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To: federal__reserve
>>Now Politico is going after Newt. I report you decide.
 
 
Odd how they don't seem to know who Penny Pritzker is though....
 
 
" Uhhhh, that's not ours either! "
---Weiner, Obama, Perry, Pelosi, Frank, Pritzker, ACORN, and Associates, LLLP.
 
 

Follow the....

http://www.campaignmoney.com/finance.asp?type=in&cycle=08&criteria=pritzker&fname=penny

 

Billionaire business mogul Penny Pritzker is a member of one of America’s richest families and was the Finance Chair for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.  It was Pritzker that led the prolific, and illegal, fundraising that helped power Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.  She was the chair of Chicago-based Superior Bank’s board for five years. 

Pritzker was into subprime lending before it became all the rage starting in around 2000.  Prtizker's chairmanship was to concentrate on sub prime lending, principally on home mortgages, but for a while in subprime auto lending, too, after the Pritzkers' bank acquired its wholesale mortgage organization division, Alliance Funding, in December 1992.

Back then they called it "predatory lending."

Superior Bank went belly up in 2001 with over $1 billion in insured and uninsured deposits; 1,406 depositors lost much of their life savings.  This collapse came amid harsh criticism of how Superior’s owners promoted sub-prime home mortgages.

On Nov. 1 [2002] the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. pointed the finger at Ernst & Young, Superior’s auditor, in a fraud suit filed in federal court here.  But that action came two months after a group of Superior depositors accused the bank’s owners and directors, including two members of the Pritzker family, of racketeering....

[snip]

...Pritzker is chairman of Classic Residence by Hyatt, luxury senior living communities in 11 states; chairman of The Parking Spot, which owns and operates off-airport parking facilities in nine cities; chairman of the credit data company TransUnion and chairman of Pritzker Realty.  She also sits on the board of Global Hyatt and plays a role in numerous non-profit groups, including serving as chairman of the Olympic village portion of Chicago’s bid to win the 2016 Summer Games. 
 
http://www.theobamafile.com/_associates/PennyPritzker.htm
 
 
 
Nudge nudge nudge...
 

30 posted on 11/17/2011 5:04:24 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: Roy Tucker

It is amazing how ignorant many FR posters are of how things work in Washington. If you pay Newt 300K a year, don’t expect more than a sit down dinner and a six page report. For Henry the K you will pay ten times that much for the same output. For Bill Clinton, a little less.


31 posted on 11/17/2011 5:06:11 AM PST by Melchior
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To: Roy Tucker

It is amazing how ignorant many FR posters are of how things work in Washington. If you pay Newt 300K a year, don’t expect more than a sit down dinner and a six page report. For Henry the K you will pay ten times that much for the same output. For Bill Clinton, a little less.


32 posted on 11/17/2011 5:07:10 AM PST by Melchior
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To: xzins
>>How is that different than what Gingrich has done?
 

It is incumbent upon the honorable craftsman to be aware
of whether or not his services are being used
as a means to accomplish evil ends -
and to act (or NOT) accordingly.

33 posted on 11/17/2011 5:09:14 AM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: federal__reserve
Just standard practice for the Democrats and Socialists and the MSM. Any successful candidate is inundated with accusations and slander until there is enough doubt in the body politic to ensure that the “correct” nominee is selected by the Republican party (one they can defeat). It doesn't always work, but the Chicago Machine is already in full operational mode.

At the same time the MSM that has little by little been infiltrated by the socialist intelligentsia covers for their candidate.

This has been standard practice by the Socialist Democrats. The whole OWS crowd is part of this same operation. The MSM selects the candidates and then continually polls to see if their message is being effective.

34 posted on 11/17/2011 5:10:05 AM PST by Yulee (Village of Albion)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

EXACTLY!....... please post that earlier link! :-)


35 posted on 11/17/2011 5:25:51 AM PST by TitansAFC (Stop the caINSANITY, The Pizza guy is less qualified than Obama!!! No New taxes!!)
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To: TitansAFC

I don’t know if there is a link. I heard the interview myself and that’s what I recall he said, and Sean’s follow-up re-affirmed it.


36 posted on 11/17/2011 5:30:00 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: federal__reserve
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2808704/posts
37 posted on 11/17/2011 5:33:20 AM PST by Hoodat (Because they do not change, Therefore they do not fear God. -Psalm 55:19-)
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To: woofie

Ah, the “they all do it defense”. Well that makes it ok, then?

The point with Newt is that he is part of the arrogant and politically elite cabal that eventually allowed a Usurping Marxist to occupy the WH. His arrogance is demonstrated by his explanation of his appearing with Pelosi on a love seat in a pro-global warming ad as “inexplicable”.

The man wants to be US president and can’t [refuses] to explain that idiocy.


38 posted on 11/17/2011 5:49:36 AM PST by dools0007world
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To: federal__reserve

MSNBCPolitico is in all out attack mode on every GOP candidate except two. Romney and Huntsman....wonder why. The fourth branch of government is the most corrupt of them all.


39 posted on 11/17/2011 5:53:32 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: personalaccts

Amen to that. It appears most real conservatives are not being taken in by Newt, Perry and Romney—despite what the polls are claiming. At this point I’ve given up on polls as any kind of reliable indicator. Fundraising is the only barometer that counts.

It’s absolutely essential that we continue to send money to Cain. It’s the only way to beat back the RINO/Marxist demrat hijacking of our country.


40 posted on 11/17/2011 5:54:34 AM PST by dools0007world
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To: Reagan69

I don’t remember him being ousted. I remember he tried to shame Clinton into resigning in the midst of Lewinsky after Newt’s own affair was made public.


41 posted on 11/17/2011 6:04:25 AM PST by aynrandfreak (Being a Democrat means never having to say you're sorry)
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To: federal__reserve
The cleanest way to eliminate all corruption is to make the tax code SIMPLE, and with no loop holes. Then the lobbyists lose their entire usefulness.

Best post of the week. One of the biggest factors in the rise of corruption has been the slow deterioration of the 1986 tax reform legislation. "Targeted" tax cuts are the devil's work.

42 posted on 11/17/2011 6:04:32 AM PST by Numbers Guy
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To: federal__reserve

Hannity interviewed Abramoff on the radio about 4 days ago and Abramoff was specifically asked by Hannity about Newt. Abramoff specifically and pointedly said that Newt was someone he could never corrupt. He said Newt always went off on an intellectual tangent or discussion and never (NEVER) took money from any lobby.


43 posted on 11/17/2011 6:12:42 AM PST by Texas Songwriter (Ia)
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To: Reagan69

Newt was “ousted” after an investigation was launched regarding a book he wrote. After he resigned, the charges were dropped, as they were baseless. Sound familiar? It might also be important to note that Newt and his second wife, Marianne, were separated in the 90’s for six years. I believe they reconciled in 1996 but eventually divorced in 1999.


44 posted on 11/17/2011 6:13:07 AM PST by Toespi
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“didn’t succumb to his bribery overtures.”

The key word in that sentence is “his”. That does not mean he didn’t participate mutiple other bribery ventures.


45 posted on 11/17/2011 6:34:10 AM PST by ngat
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To: tennmountainman

The problem is not the politicians so much as the Supreme Court, imo. The Supreme Court was to insure that the other two branches of Gov’t did not usurp power from the states and the people and pass laws outside of the limited powers outlined in the Constitution. Once the power hungry beast was let out of it’s cage, there is no getting it back in, imo.


46 posted on 11/17/2011 6:41:19 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: KansasGirl; tennmountainman

This is the number 1 reason that I never vote for a politician that supports any type of tax increase. The only way to rein in the federal gov’t is to quit funding it.

Obama and other corrupt politicos are a symptom of the problem, not the problem.


47 posted on 11/17/2011 6:43:49 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: federal__reserve
The cleanest way to eliminate all corruption is to make the tax code SIMPLE, and with no loop holes. Then the lobbyists lose their entire usefulness.

Preferential regulations dwarf the influence in the tax code.

48 posted on 11/17/2011 6:52:43 AM PST by Carry_Okie (The RNC would prefer Obama to a conservative nominee.)
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To: federal__reserve
Mitt Romney. Did you have your 'handlers' pay Abramoff to do this? It smells like your M.O.?


Hehehe. You can't prove nothin'. Did you just pinch my butt?

49 posted on 11/17/2011 7:17:26 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Well I’m glad the media is vetting all of our GOP candidates before they actually win the primary, however, it worries me that they have pretty much left Mitt alone. Makes me think that they are confident they can beat him, like McCain who was the “most electable”. We need a very rich conservatives to start hostile takeovers of the liberal media to get rid of the liberal propaganda machine.


50 posted on 11/17/2011 8:52:59 AM PST by No Socialist
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