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March 4, 2006
By: Kevin Drum

RALPH REED AND eLOTTERY....For years, Ralph Reed has claimed that he was shocked shocked! to learn that when his friend Jack Abramoff hired him to lobby against an internet gambling ban in 2000, Abramoff was working on behalf of a gambling firm called eLottery. This wouldn't be a big deal except that the gambling ban was sponsored by Reed's Christian right pals, and in public Reed himself is virulently anti-gambling. Reed has always claimed that he didn't know eLottery had anything to do with fighting the ban.

Via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, you will be extremely unshocked to learn that Reed knew it all along:

The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act didn't gain traction until [2000], when a deal was struck among sponsors of the bill, representatives of the gambling industry, and some of the nation's most prominent religious conservatives.

On May 17, 2000, James Dobson, president of Focus on the Family; Charles Donovan, then the acting head of the Family Research Council; Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority; and Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition, put their names to a compromise that gave the bill serious heft.

....Within five days of the evangelicals' letter to Hastert, Abramoff had drawn up a contract for the services of Reed and his firm....[Abramoff's boss] made his revisions and sent the entire message back to Abramoff, including the reference to "the elot project."

On May 23, 2000, Abramoff forwarded the contract to Reed, with the "elot" reference still intact, and the notation: "Ralph, are these changes okay?"

Reed responded, "Yes."

And Reed's response? Back in October, he said that he didn't learn about the eLottery connection until 2005. Now he's backtracking, but only slightly: his latest story is that he knew that Abramoff had a business relationship with eLottery, but didn't realize that eLottery was directly involved in fighting the gaming ban.

And what about the newly discovered email? "Campaign manager Jared Thomas declined to discuss the apparent inconsistency of Reed's earlier statements and the date of the 'elot' e-mail." I guess they need a few days to make up a new story.

Via the Carpetbagger.

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What a genius. In this day and age, if you did a lot of your communicating via email, you might as well fess up to everything from the beginning. It just saves everyone time and trouble.

Posted by: Alexander Wolfe on March 4, 2006 at 1:29 PM | PERMALINK

Cheney makes funny.

Posted by: lib on March 4, 2006 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Reed is done. His supporters will turn away from him as his smell level rises.

Won't they?

Posted by: TomStewart on March 4, 2006 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

There is enough signifigant opposition to Reed, and the smart money is that Rep.Casey Cagle, who is a standard issue Republican, will sweep the primary.
Even the Faithful are gettin' tired of Ralph..

Posted by: Mr. Bill on March 4, 2006 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

Ralph's phone has been blowing up lately. Hard to keep up with the overhears, so we've switched to metadata. Can tell you that he spends a small fortune on gay phone sex.

Also looking into his contacts with American's #1 Al-Qaeda sleeper: GROVER NORQUIST.

Posted by: NSA Mole on March 4, 2006 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

Cheney: Lt. Govenor? I bet he goes down in flames, his rep too damaged to be taken seriously in the public arena for years to come.

As it should be, unless, of course, he re-finds Jesus, who seems to be hiding better than Waldo these days.

Posted by: TomStewart on March 4, 2006 at 2:44 PM | PERMALINK

Seeing that 21 Republican state Senators have asked Reed to withdraw, and that he's having to hire folks to show up in lieu of supporters at events and forums, I'd say he's pretty much toast.
And as Abramoff info continues to stream out, none will be of much help to Ralph.
Money isn't everything, especially raised before controversy...

Posted by: Mr. Bill on March 4, 2006 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

IOKIYAR & + is your religion.

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr on March 4, 2006 at 2:49 PM | PERMALINK

I guess Reed thinks it's better to be regarded as dumb as a rock while keeping up appearances.

Posted by: Carl on March 4, 2006 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't this the guy whose shtick is pretending to be a Christian?

Oh, I'm sorry. I guess that doesn't exactly narrow it down.
.

Posted by: Grand Moff Texan on March 4, 2006 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

Gotta love those "Christian" morals and values.

However, I'm betting on Reed getting elected anyway. In general, Republicans don't care what Republicans do - they simply ASSUME that all Republicans have a good heart and "trust" them to do good things.

When that doesn't happen, even when it is obvious that a Republican has LIED like a pig, cheated, stolen, whatever - the Republican faithful will simply ignore it.

Posted by: Mark-NC on March 4, 2006 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK

Hypocrisy, thy name is Republican....

Posted by: Stephen Kriz on March 4, 2006 at 6:00 PM | PERMALINK
When Governor Reed runs for President someday, ; )Posted by: Cheney
;)He is certainly corrupt enough to win 100% of the evangelical vote.;)
Nope - he will be elected Lt. Governor come November.Posted by: Cheney
Evangelicals love the smell of hypocrisy. Posted by: Mike on March 4, 2006 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

I hope he doesn't withdraw. This is shaping up to be the most fun Georgia election in years. If Cagle can't come up with 20 good one liners at that debate, he doesn't deserve to win.

I read Paul McCulley at PIMCO.
"Democracy starts with the socialist notion of one person, one vote. Yes, socialist notion! Accordingly, the democratic political process is inherently about equity: a struggle for justice in the distribution of our collective economic pie, rather than the size of the pie itself. This exigency is in direct conflict with the cumulative voting system called capitalism, in which one dollar is accorded one vote. "

The dollars have voted with Ralph, but I think the votes won't. But it's not a foregone conclusion. No legitimate Democratic challenger and Cagle would have gotten clobbered if not for all these emails that keep turning up.

Posted by: Chad on March 4, 2006 at 6:58 PM | PERMALINK

When Governor Reed runs for President someday, Kevin, make sure you have this as the first of "which scandals Washington Monthly thinks will stick this time" ; )
Posted by: Cheney on March 4, 2006 at 1:30 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Cheney: The more corrupt our candidates, the more you lose.

Sadly, he seems to be absolutely correct.

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on March 4, 2006 at 7:05 PM | PERMALINK

On a lighter note, the Army has decided to open an investigation into Tillman's "fragging" in 2004:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060304/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/army_tillman_investigation

Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on March 4, 2006 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

Gotta love those "Christian" morals and values.

It's okay to lie for the kingdom. Look at our Charlie/Cheney.

Posted by: snicker-snack on March 4, 2006 at 7:21 PM | PERMALINK

Karma baby.

During the dotcom days I was stupid enough to join a startup with an arch Republican type who, at the time of the inevitable implosion of the startup, stiffed almost all of the first five employees who went with him.

Not that anyone would wish such misfortune on even someone like him, but within two years his house was gutted in a fire and he was diagnosed with cancer. Such weird coincindences make you think.

Posted by: nut on March 4, 2006 at 7:45 PM | PERMALINK

Scooter
DeLay
Reed
Ney
Cunningham
Harris
Frist
Three or four Rethug mooks in the NH phone jamming directly connected to Frist
Rove

Norquist is about all who's that's left, and he's directly tied to Rove, Reed and Abramof.

As I've said before, come next fall, all the swing votes (i.e. 50% of the people who bother to vote) will be looking for anyone with out an R after his or her name.

Posted by: JeffII on March 4, 2006 at 8:35 PM | PERMALINK

As I've said before, come next fall, all the swing votes (i.e. 50% of the people who bother to vote) will be looking for anyone with out an R after his or her name.
Posted by: JeffII on March 4, 2006 at 8:35 PM | PERMALINK

And the sad thing is, you believe that a Democrat majority is going to change anything. With Lieberman calling the shots?


Posted by: osama_been_forgotten on March 4, 2006 at 8:36 PM | PERMALINK

I guess Reed thinks it's better to be regarded as dumb as a rock while keeping up appearances.
Posted by: Carl

This is becoming widely known as the 'Ken Lay Defense'. Formerly known as the "Dumb Football Player Rule".

"I'm pretty obviously dumber than a brick and so cannot be held accountable for my actions."

Will undoubtedly be known to future generations as "The W Ruse".

Posted by: CFShep on March 5, 2006 at 9:02 AM | PERMALINK

That Ralph Reed is a slimy little sh*t isn't news. The horrible thing is that about a third the new young pastors one meets these days act JUST LIKE that stinkbomb.

Posted by: Jeffrey Davis on March 5, 2006 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

he horrible thing is that about a third the new young pastors one meets these days act JUST LIKE that stinkbomb.
Posted by: Jeffrey Davis

A nearly perfect argument for avoiding 'new young pastors' like plague carriers. I avoid purveyors of the God Biz as a matter of course.

It's prudent. Never can tell when their heads might explode from all the rubbish.

Posted by: CFShep on March 5, 2006 at 9:37 AM | PERMALINK

But, but, but they were CALLED!!!

Posted by: stupid git on March 5, 2006 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

Git, I do believe the Lord got a few wrong numbers.

Posted by: thethirdPaul on March 5, 2006 at 11:16 AM | PERMALINK

Is there an echo in here?

Posted by: CFShep on March 5, 2006 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

I'm pretty sure if he just cries a little bit and asks for forgiveness (for manipulating fundamentalist christians for his own political and monetary advantage) he'll be back in their good graces in no time. He had a decade of weakness. Who hasn't? If he does it again, I'm confident he'll feel really bad again.

Posted by: B on March 5, 2006 at 12:23 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin,

Didn't you get the memo about the moratorium on using "shocked shocked!"? Please reset your cliche filters.

Posted by: jussumbody on March 5, 2006 at 1:09 PM | PERMALINK

And the sad thing is, you believe that a Democrat majority is going to change anything. With Lieberman calling the shots? Posted by: osama_been_forgotten

What in the world makes you think Lieberman would be made Senate majority leader? He's going to replace Harry Reid? Lieberman may be looking for a job himself after his next election.

Posted by: JeffII on March 5, 2006 at 3:34 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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