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1384Re: [prezveepsenator] Fwd: [utepprogressives] Will Georgia be spared Ralph Reed?

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  • THOMAS JOHNSON
    Jan 13, 2006
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      I'll certainly defer to Ram, but I have hearing about
      this for months and his association with Abramhoff
      goes back to the 80s, and did you know that Reed was
      kicked off a school newspaper for plagiarism.

      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      > Ram, from your position in Georgia, does this seem
      > true?
      >
      > --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:
      >
      > > To: utepprogressives@yahoogroups.com
      > > From: "Julie Keller" <jakeller@...>
      > > Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 23:15:36 -0000
      > > Subject: [utepprogressives] Will Georgia be spared
      > > Ralph Reed?
      > >
      > > http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?
      > > pid=10000103&sid=aG6gHO3vwYZQ&refer=us
      > >
      > > Abramoff Scandal Threatens to Derail Reed's
      > > Political Ambitions
      > >
      > > Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The Washington scandal over
      > > lobbyist Jack
      > > Abramoff may claim a casualty outside the nation's
      > > capital: Ralph
      > > Reed, a former presidential-campaign adviser who
      > > once headed one of
      > > the U.S.'s largest Christian activist groups.
      > >
      > > Disclosures that Reed once ran an anti-gambling
      > > campaign that was
      > > secretly financed by casino-owning clients of his
      > > friend Abramoff
      > > have damaged his ability to raise funds for a bid
      > to
      > > become Georgia's
      > > next lieutenant governor, other Republicans say.
      > > That may undercut
      > > his chances of winning an office that he could use
      > > as a steppingstone
      > > to national political ambitions, they say.
      > >
      > > Campaign-finance reports filed this week show that
      > > Reed, 44, lagged
      > > behind opponent Casey Cagle in fundraising for the
      > > July 18 Republican
      > > primary during the past six months, after
      > collecting
      > > more than twice
      > > as much money as his rival before that. Cagle
      > raised
      > > $667,000 from
      > > June 30 to Dec. 31 to Reed's $404,000.
      > >
      > > ``A lot of those big corporate donors are now
      > > hedging their bets,''
      > > said Matt Towery, the 1990 Republican candidate
      > for
      > > lieutenant
      > > governor, who was once a colleague of Reed's on
      > > Capitol Hill. ``Ralph
      > > faces a very difficult and now problematic
      > > candidacy.''
      > >
      > > An Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll last month
      > > showed Cagle and Reed
      > > would perform about equally well against the
      > > Democrats in the
      > > November election. The poll was conducted by Zogby
      > > International
      > > before Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud and
      > > conspiring to corrupt
      > > public officials.
      > >
      > > For Reed, who once seemed invincible, with broad
      > > support in his party
      > > and wide name recognition, that isn't good news,
      > > said Towery, who now
      > > publishes Insider Advantage, a guide to politics.
      > >
      > > Up the Ranks
      > >
      > > Reed, who is making his first run for public
      > office,
      > > climbed through
      > > the political ranks because of his connections in
      > > Christian and
      > > Republican circles. From 1989 to 1997, he ran the
      > > Christian Coalition
      > > of America, a then-powerful group founded by
      > > evangelist Pat
      > > Robertson. Reed served as a consultant to George
      > W.
      > > Bush's 2000
      > > presidential campaign and oversaw the Southeast
      > > region for his 2004
      > > re-election.
      > >
      > > Reed's fund-raising slowdown in the past six
      > months
      > > coincided with
      > > the drumbeat of news about Abramoff and Reed's
      > > connections to him.
      > > Those ties are gaining more attention in the
      > > aftermath of Abramoff's
      > > Jan. 3 guilty plea and the widening probe into the
      > > potential bribery
      > > of lawmakers.
      > >
      > > ``There are concerns as to whether Ralph will
      > > continue to make
      > > headlines that are harmful to the party,'' said
      > Eric
      > > Johnson, who as
      > > the Georgia Senate's president pro tem is a top
      > > Republican. Johnson
      > > said he's staying neutral in the primary election.
      >
      > >
      > > `Significant Doubts'
      > >
      > > The Cagle campaign is playing off those concerns.
      > > ``The polling data
      > > we've seen as well as fund raising show how people
      > > in Georgia have
      > > significant doubts about whether they can trust
      > > Ralph,'' Cagle
      > > spokesman Brad Alexander said.
      > >
      > > Reed is still ahead of Cagle, 39, in overall
      > > fundraising, having
      > > collected a total of $1.8 million to Cagle's $1.3
      > > million.
      > >
      > > ``We raised more from more donors on our first
      > > report than our
      > > primary opponent has raised in two reports,'' Reed
      > > spokeswoman Lisa
      > > Baron said. ``It is not uncommon for second
      > reports
      > > after such a
      > > strong first report to reflect the obvious, which
      > is
      > > many donors have
      > > already contributed the maximum.''
      > >
      > > Reed declined to comment for this article.
      > >
      > > Tarnished Image
      > >
      > > Reed's image as someone more interested in
      > Christian
      > > causes than his
      > > own financial well-being has been tarnished by a
      > > stream of e-mails
      > > released by a Senate committee that investigated
      > > Abramoff's bilking
      > > of Indian-tribe clients.
      > >
      > > ``I need to start humping in corporate accounts,''
      > > Reed wrote to
      > > Abramoff in 1998. ``I'm counting on you to help me
      > > with some
      > > contacts.''
      > >
      > > In 2001 alone, he received more than $2.5 million
      > > from entities
      > > connected with Abramoff and partner Michael
      > Scanlon,
      > > according to
      > > documents released by the Senate Indian Affairs
      > > Committee.
      > >
      > > Abramoff and Scanlon used the organizations so
      > Reed
      > > wouldn't be paid
      > > directly by their clients, who wanted to block new
      > > gambling
      > > competition. The e-mails show that Reed knew
      > > casino-owning tribes
      > > were the ultimate clients, though he says he
      > wasn't
      > > paid with
      > > gambling proceeds.
      > >
      > > ``Had I known then what I know now, I would not
      > have
      > > undertaken that
      > > work,'' Reed said in the text of a Dec. 9 speech
      > to
      > > a Georgia youth
      > > group. ``On reflection and with the benefit of
      > > hindsight, it is clear
      > > it associated my longstanding opposition to
      > gambling
      > > with those who
      > > did not share it and has caused difficulty for the
      > > faith community
      > > with whom I worked.''
      > >
      > > Connections
      > >
      > > Reed and Abramoff have known each other since the
      > > early 1980s, when
      > > they were leaders of the College Republicans along
      >
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