How bad is the political system if Jack Abramoff says it's dirty?

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Jack Abramoff, whose new book is out next week, tells “60 Minutes”: ‘The system has not been cleaned up at all.’

From a CBS News release via Politico:

Congress passed new ethics reform laws soon after the stink began to rise from the biggest political corruption scandal in decades. But the man at the center of that scandal, ex-lobbyist and now ex-convict Jack Abramoff, says new rules don’t work, because lobbyists can always find ways around them. ‘We’re smarter than they are and we’ll overcome it,’ he tells Lesley Stahl in his first television interview…

Though he says he now regrets using cash and gifts to buy influence in Congress – among the crimes that landed him in prison for over three years – could he still do the same thing today?

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