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Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff comes to Tallahassee to decry big money in solar fight

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Infamous former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff spoke in the state capital Tuesday morning, as he joined forces with fellow conservatives in support of lobbying and ethics reforms. Abramoff’s appearance came amid a heated battle between utilities and environmentalist groups over a pair of solar energy amendments set to appear on Florida ballots in 2016. Abramoff, who pled guilty in 2006 to conspiracy, fraud, and tax evasion in federal court over a scheme to defraud Native American-run casino interests, told reporters special interests are…

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Tough questions for Jack Abramoff, in Tallahassee today for shady solar advocates

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Notorious former lobbyist Jack Abramoff tells anyone who will listen he really wants to improve his image. Fronting a shady, dark money organization is not the best way to go about it. Tuesday morning, Abramoff enters the Florida solar energy fray with an appearance at a news conference hosted by Conservatives for Energy Freedom. The media event is set for 10:30 a.m. at the Florida Press Center in Tallahassee. Abramoff spent nearly four years in federal prison on a variety of…

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Jack Abramoff working in Baltimore pizza shop

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The AP is reporting that disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has landed a new job at a kosher pizzeria in Baltimore soon after his release from prison. Abramoff began working Monday at Tov Pizza, Ron Rosenbluth, the restaurant’s owner, said Tuesday. The former Washington power broker, whose activities led to the conviction of a congressman, is learning about the business and will eventually be helping with its marketing, Rosenbluth said. Abramoff was released from a minimum-security prison camp in western…

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Jack Abramoff released from jail

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Ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, jailed for fraud and tax evasion, has been released to a halfway house, the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed Wednesday to The Associated Press and other news outlets. Abramoff was released Tuesday from a minimum-security prison in Maryland and sent to a halfway house in the mid-Atlantic area, prisons spokesman Edmond Ross told the AP. The wide-ranging Abramoff investigation led to the prosecution of GOP former Ohio congressman Bob Ney and other public officials and helped Democrats seize…

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PolitiFact: Charlie Justice’s ad tying Bill Young to Jack Abramoff is essentially baseless

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In a new Web ad, state Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, comes armed with ominous music and some sloppy Photoshop work to link opponent Rep. C.W. Bill Young with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But does Justice, who is seeking to unseat the 20-term Pinellas County Republican, have any facts to back up the association? PolitiFact Florida decided to break down the two-minute ad to find out. The ad describes “Abramoff Inc.” vs. “Young Inc.,” and spends two minutes drawing parallels…

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PolitiFact: Charlie Justice’s ad tying Bill Young to Jack Abramoff is essentially baseless

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In a new Web ad, state Sen. Charlie Justice, D-St. Petersburg, comes armed with ominous music and some sloppy Photoshop work to link opponent Rep. C.W. Bill Young with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But does Justice, who is seeking to unseat the 20-term Pinellas County Republican, have any facts to back up the association? PolitiFact Florida decided to break down the two-minute ad to find out. The ad describes “Abramoff Inc.” vs. “Young Inc.,” and spends two minutes drawing parallels…

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PolitiFact rules Charlie Justice’s ad ‘Pants on Fire’ with attempt to link jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff to Rep. Bill Young

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In a new web ad, state Sen. Charlie Justice comes armed with ominous music and some sloppy Photoshop work to link opponent Rep. Bill Young with jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But does Justice, who is seeking to unseat the 20-term Pinellas County Republican, have any facts? Continue reading here.

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