Jack Abramoff Speaks In Tallahassee

TALLAHASSEE, FL--- June 7, 2012 --

Jack Abramoff didn't come to Tallahassee to apologize, although he did to the crowd of about 200.

The former Washington lobbyist spent four years in federal prison on charges of bribing public officials, mail fraud and tax evasion.

"People are concerned about the amount of money that's in the system and how people, like I, was using money to impact and influence legislation," Abramoff told WCTV after his speech.

He now speaks across the country to groups about ways to make the system of money in politics more transparent. Abramoff says he volunteers his time to speak with FBI agents in order to help teach about corruption.

"Our guests were really interested in hearing his perspectives of reforms that are necessary to make our system a little bit better," said Tim Center, president of Capital Tiger Bay Club.

Abramoff's visit couldn't come at a better time. A recent study by the group, Integrity Florida, says the Sunshine State is the most corrupt in the country. The man who was the poster child of corruption in Washington, says more reform bills need to be passed and followed for money to stay out of big political decisions.

"It has to be complete and total and there can't be loopholes because people will drive trucks through them."

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  • by Tom Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2012 at 06:06 PM
    Why would anyone waste their time going to hear that scumbag?
  • by keeping up with the story Location: Washington DC on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:58 PM
    I read that it was part of his release for rehabilitation that he speaks and teaches the people how to teach what to watch for when it comes to corruption with the politicians. I think it is great like they said Florida has the most corrupt politians in the nation. And what could be better than to have someone who knows the way to take money from the state and if we can keep that from happening we could get our state out of the mess it is in. Makes one wonder how much of the economy mess we are in is in a politicians pocket. Think about it, even if he was to get paid eventually.
  • by The People Have a Right to Know on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:38 PM
    I suppose he can start investigating corruption in political contributions by investigating where Romney contributions are coming from.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 8, 2012 at 05:23 AM in reply to The People Have a Right to Know
      Me. And millions others. We know where Obama's stash is coming from. Soros and kick backs from bailouts.
  • by al on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    just curious, was this convicted felon paid to speak?
  • by al on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    just curious, was this convicted felon paid to speak?
  • by Honest Abe Location: Tallahassee on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:11 PM
    This is great what he is doing! More elected officials need to come clean and do whats right for the American people.
  • by Gordon Gekko on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:20 PM
    Betcha Rick Scott was at the head table or at least on the panel discussion. He's an expert in these matters. A real pro.
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