I remember Ralph Reed as a baby-faced, holier-than-thou aide to Jesse Helms in the 1984 Hunt-Helms Senate race. Reed went on to run Pat Robertson’s Moral Majority. Now he’s running for lieutenant governor of Georgia.
In the meantime, it appears he rang up some big profits from a suspect source.
A bipartisan Senate report has documented that Reed’s consulting firm took more than $5.3 million in payments from an influence-peddling operation run by corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The apparent source of the money? Indian tribes running casinos.
And what was Reed paid to do? Lobby to keep other Indian tribes from running casinos.
But Reed released a statement that showed he has lost none of his old holier-than-thou. He said he agreed to help Abramoff only after receiving assurances “that I would not be paid with funds derived from gambling.”
So, the report found, payments to Reed were made through third parties in what appeared to be an effort to disguise the fact that the money was from Indian tribes with large casino operations, according to The New York Times.
Reed claimed the report vindicates his innocence.
But here’s an email Reed sent to Abramoff: “I need to start humping in corporate accounts! – I’m counting on you to help me with some contacts.”
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