Newly released emails sent by indicted Washington D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who lined the pockets of so many Republican congressional leaders, show yet again the GOP obsession with all things Hollywood. (Remember my posting about Scooter Libby and Tom Cruise.) You’d think that Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion related to his lobbying and business activities, would have more important stuff to think about. But noooooo. In one email, Abramoff points out that he had more hits than film star George Clooney: “Subject: I beat Clooney! Go to http://www.google.com and put in my name and then do the same for Clooney. I’m at 12M + and he’s only at 9M+. I win!! :) Jack 2/18/06.” Abramoff also suggests a more imaginative defense for himself and climbs aboard the Sacha Baron Cohen bandwagon: “I should have insisted I was only writing a screenplay. No one seems to have a sense of humor these days. Perhaps I could have hired Borat to represent me.” And about his Washington Redskins Skybox, where all those Republican legislators were wined and dined, Abramoff says, “I would imagine it would have made some interesting Reality TV.”
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