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From the Magazine | Nation
How to Raise Cash... Disguise Its Sources... And Buy Influence
By UNMESH KHER
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Posted Sunday, Jan. 08, 2006
HOW TO RAISE CASH... Abramoff tended to pick clients far removed from the Beltway who were sometimes either too desperate or too unfamiliar with the lobbying trade to question his unorthodox tactics and exorbitant fees

Indian tribes: Abramoff lobbied on their behalf mainly to protect their casino interests—thwarting competing ventures and legislative moves to tax gambling revenues. He and partner Michael Scanlon, a former aide to Congressman Tom DeLay, were also secretly playing off their clients against one another and bilking them of millions.

eLottery: This Internet gambling firm hired Abramoff and invested some $2 million in an intricate campaign in 2000 to kill a bill that would have outlawed most online gambling. Abramoff used Christian groups to block the bill on the grounds that it didn't go far enough.

Mariana Islands: Abramoff's first major client paid him $9 million in fees. He helped block legislation, opposed by the U.S. protectorate's textile industry, that would have imposed a minimum-wage law. The Marianas were the venue of many junkets for lawmakers.

Russian oil and gas firms: As first reported by the Washington Post, two executives allegedly wanted to ensure that a U.S. bill that would enable the IMF to bail out the Russian economy in 1998 would not impose high taxes on their industry. Abramoff helped them cultivate DeLay.

Foxcom Wireless: This Israeli firm wanted a $3 million contract in 2002 to install cell-phone antennas in the House of Representatives.

...DISGUISE ITS SOURCES

Abramoff moved money in numerous ways—not just to cheat his clients but also to pay for brazen junkets and cloak the ethically (and legally) dubious machinery of his enterprise

Americans for Tax Reform: Founder Grover Norquist was a conduit of funds, and though he took commissions, he isn't accused of breaking the law. He sent $1.15 million from just one tribe to antigambling groups and funneled $150,000 sent by eLottery to the consultancy of Ralph Reed, former chief of the Christian Coalition.

Capitol Campaign Strategies: Scanlon's p.r. firm is where Abramoff routed much Indian-casino business without telling his clients that he was also sharing in its profits. Those kickbacks, from absurdly inflated fees, were the source of most of the $20 million Abramoff made by cheating the tribes.

Century Strategies: Reed's political consultancy mobilized Christian antigambling groups for Abramoff, without revealing that its funds came from gambling interests. Reed, now running for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia, says he did not know about the origins of the money.

National Center for Public Policy Research: Abramoff sat on the board of this think tank when, in 2000, he took DeLay and his aide Tony Rudy on a golfing junket to Scotland. Two checks of $25,000 to this entity from eLottery and an Indian tribe allegedly helped cover the $70,000 bill.


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U.S. Family Network: Organized by Edwin Buckham, it was ostensibly a nationwide grassroots organization dedicated to "moral fitness" and social improvement. The group was supported almost entirely by Abramoff's clients, according to a Washington Post report: the $2.5 million it raised in the late 1990s mostly came from the Russian firms ($1 million), an Indian-casino tribe ($250,000) and the Mariana Islands textile industry ($500,000). Buckham allegedly made large sums consulting with the nonprofit he had organized, and his firm hired DeLay's wife, paying her $3,200 a month. Each client benefited from DeLay's subsequent votes and support.

Capital Athletic Foundation: Created to help inner-city kids, it was used by Abramoff as a kitty and a money laundry. Foxcom donated $50,000 to this entity on his instructions, and Abramoff hid money he and Scanlon had bilked from Indian tribes here. He channeled its funds to a sniper school for Israelis and an orthodox Jewish school he founded that his children attended.

... AND BUY INFLUENCE

Abramoff put the millions he conned or extracted from his various clients to work, buying the favors of lawmakers and power brokers. The steady flow of funds from clients' coffers also helped key partners as well as his own business

Funding politicians' PACs and campaign kitties If Abramoff contributed generously to members of Congress, his clients matched his largesse. The Indian clients donated millions until early 2004 and eLottery gave lots too as it battled the Net-gambling law.

Financing junkets for officials and lawmakers He harnessed funds from nonprofits, which often received curiously timed donations from his clients, to underwrite jaunts to the Mariana Islands and Scotland. He also gave officials meals at his restaurant Signatures and seats in his luxury boxes at sporting events.

Currying favor with power brokers Abramoff told his Indian clients to donate to Americans for Tax Reform and another advocacy group that Grover Norquist had founded with Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton. Norquist helped tribe officials get meetings with the President. He insists that had nothing to do with the donations.

Getting clients to give in other ways Funds from the U.S. Family Network—largely provided by Abramoff's clients, according to the Washington Post—financed the purchase of a town house near DeLay's congressional office. The lawmaker's PAC paid a modest rent to operate from there, as did Buckham's lobbying firm, Alexander Strategy Group. DeLay maintains he did nothing illegal in any of his dealings with Abramoff.

And enriching himself in the process Abramoff charged $750 an hour, but he was, above all, a master at self-dealing, lining his pockets with his clients' cash.
 

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Tyson has its own ways of funnelling money and making it look like it came from somewhere else. I think it is funny that I read a story about John Tyson going to visit TN; the district where Bart Gorden, house democrat, is located. Bart was one of the few Democrats that voted for CAFTA. I am sure much of the money came because of the MCOOL issue as well.

Public Citizen has already shed light on that one.
 
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Oldtimer said:
Kind of sounds like Ditmer and the Agriculture Freedom Foundation....

How do you figure that OT?

Another "supposedly independent" foundation set up to lobby and advertise for a political agenda- putting out the image of being a public or consumer type group- while actually being funded and directed by Tyson, Cargill, Monsanto, NCBA, etal......

Just like Abramoff wasn't what he put himself out to be- neither is Ditmer and AFF..
 

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Oldtimer said:
Big Muddy rancher said:
Oldtimer said:
Kind of sounds like Ditmer and the Agriculture Freedom Foundation....

How do you figure that OT?

Another "supposedly independent" foundation set up to lobby and advertise for a political agenda- putting out the image of being a public or consumer type group- while actually being funded and directed by Tyson, Cargill, Monsanto, NCBA, etal......

Just like Abramoff wasn't what he put himself out to be- neither is Ditmer and AFF..

Tyson does that in every state they are in with their poultry associations. They then lobby not just for poultry interests in the state but their interests over farmers. That is why it is so hard for states like Georgia to pass any good protective legislation for its farmers. Lawmakers think the assiation that they get their breakfasts from speaks for farmers too. Most of these associations have on their board the local managers of the complexes in the state. Different poultry company managers sit on the same board.

Here is a sample from TN, just look at all the connections. It is the same in every state. The farmers have no chance. Farm Bureau only does what the big boys tell them. It has been shown time and time again.










TN Dept. of Agriculture

TN State Site
Agricultural Statistics

Tennessee
Farm Bureau



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Use the following links to view their corresponding category.

Tennessee Egg & Poultry Association Board (2001-2002)
Board Members
Tennessee Poultry Improvement Board
TEPA Ex-Officio Board Members
Other Company Contacts


Tennessee Egg & Poultry Association Board 2001-2002

President
Dan Nuckolls (2007)
Koch Foods, LLC
9331 Shadow Point Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Tel: (423) 266-0351
Fax: (423) 266-8833
[email protected]

2nd Vice President
Andrew Blair (2005)
Tyson Foods, Inc.
P.O. Box 669
Union City, TN 38261
Tel: (731) 886-4807
Fax: (731) 886-4701
[email protected]

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1st Vice President
Ralph Hurst (2006)
ADM-Animal Health & Nut.
401 Cowan Street
Nashville, TN 37207
Tel: (615) 255-0518
Fax: (615) 242-3143
[email protected]

Secretary/Treasurer
Mark Harmon (2006)
Tyson Foods, Inc.
P.O. Box 8
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Tel: (931) 684-8180
Fax: (931) 684-6394


Board Members
Charles Amos, Grower, Elora (2007)
76 Echols Road
Elora, TN 37328
Tel: (931) 937-8358

Tim Peterson, Peterson Engineering (2007)
P.O. Box 3393
Gainesville, GA 30503
Tel: (770) 532-9161
Fax: (770) 718-1870
[email protected]

Dan Nuckolls, Koch Foods, Chattanooga (2007)
9331 Shadow Point Circle
Chattanooga, TN 37421
Tel: (423) 266-0351
Fax: (423) 266-8833
[email protected]

Jon Wildish, Tyson, Shelbyville (2006)
P.O. Box 8
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Tel: (931) 684-8180
Fax: (931) 684-6396
[email protected]

Shane Guy, Pilgrim's Pride, Chattanooga (2007)
P.O. Box 991
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Tel: (423) 242-6502
Fax: (423) 242-6511
[email protected]

Nick Strange, Koch Foods (2005)
P.O. Box 749
Chattanooga, TN 37401
Tel: (423) 266-0351
Fax: (423) 266-8833
[email protected]

Ronnie Crownover, Grower, Normandy (2005)
143 Crownover Lane
Normandy, TN 37360
Tel: (931) 454-0424
[email protected]

Craig Williams, Pilgrim's Pride, Chattanooga (2005)
P.O. Box 991
Chattanooga, TN 37160
Tel: (423) 242-6711
Fax: (423) 242-6511
[email protected]

Mitch Zachary, Hubbard ISA, Pikeville (2005)
P.O. Box 309
Pikeville, TN 37367
Tel: (423) 447-6529
Fax: (423) 447-7142
[email protected]

Brenda Baker, Grower, Obion (2006)
1077 Board Road
Obion, TN 38240
Tel: (731) 536-5442
[email protected]

Ralph Hurst, ADM, Nashville (2006)
401 Cowan St.
Nasheville, TN 37207
Tel: 255-0518
Fax: 242-3143
[email protected]

Carolyn Miller, Aviagen, N.A., Crossville (2006)
189 Lantana Road, Suite 101
Crossville, TN 38555
Tel: (931) 484-4808
Fax: (931) 484-4902
[email protected]

Mark Harmon, Tyson, Shelbyville (2006)
P.O. Box 8
Shelbyville, TN 37160
Tel: (931) 684-8180
Fax: (931) 684-6396
[email protected]

Andrew Blair, Tyson (2005)
P.O. Box 669
Union City, TN 38261
Tel: (731) 886-4807
Fax: (731) 886-4701

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Tennessee Poultry Improvement Board
Mitchell Zachary, Hubbard ISA
Shane Guy, Pilgrim's Pride
Andrew Blair, Tyson, Union City
Carolyn Miller, Aviagen, N.A. Chairman
Mark Harmaon, Tyson, Shelbyville
Dan Nuckolls, Koch Foods, Chattanooga

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TEPA Ex-Officio Board Members
Joe Gaines
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Market Development Division
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Tel: (615) 837- 5160
Fax: (615) 837- 5194
[email protected]

Ed Harlan
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Market Development Division
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Tel: (615) 837- 5321
Fax: (615) 837- 5194
[email protected]

Debra Kenerson
USDA-NASS/TASS
P.O. Box 41505
Nashville, TN 37204
Toll-free: 1-800-626-0987
Tel: (615) 781- 5300
[email protected]

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Ron Wilson
State Veternarian
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Tel: (615) 837- 5047
Fax: (615) 837- 5250
[email protected]

Tina Rogers
Tennessee Poultry Improvement Board Tennessee Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Tel: (615) 837-5241
[email protected]

Dr. Charlie Goan
Poultry Specialist
UT Agricultural Extension Svc.
2640 Morgan Circle
Knoxville, TN 37901-996
Tel: (865) 974-7351
Fax: (775) 974-9043
[email protected]


Other Company Contacts
Eddie Chancellor
Tyson Foods
P.O. Box 669
Union City, TN 38261
Tel: (731) 886-4710
Fax: (731) 886-4701
[email protected]

Joey Long
Cal Maine Foods, Inc.
P.O. Box 40, 9729 Guthrie Rd.
Guthrie, KY 42234
Tel: (270) 483-2002
Fax: (270) 483-2059
[email protected]

Marc Ashby
Cal Maine Foods, Inc.
P.O. Box 40
Guthrie, KY 42234
Tel: (270) 483-2002
Fax: (270) 483-2059
[email protected]

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