1384Re: [prezveepsenator] Fwd: [utepprogressives] Will Georgia be spared Ralph Reed?
- Jan 13, 2006I'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=== message truncated ===
> --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:
> > To: email@example.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
> > 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
> > more than twice
> > as much money as his rival before that. Cagle
> > $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
> > 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
> > 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
> > Bush's 2000
> > presidential campaign and oversaw the Southeast
> > region for his 2004
> > re-election.
> > Reed's fund-raising slowdown in the past six
> > 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
> > 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
> > after such a
> > strong first report to reflect the obvious, which
> > many donors have
> > already contributed the maximum.''
> > Reed declined to comment for this article.
> > Tarnished Image
> > Reed's image as someone more interested in
> > 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
> > according to
> > documents released by the Senate Indian Affairs
> > Committee.
> > Abramoff and Scanlon used the organizations so
> > 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
> > paid with
> > gambling proceeds.
> > ``Had I known then what I know now, I would not
> > undertaken that
> > work,'' Reed said in the text of a Dec. 9 speech
> > a Georgia youth
> > group. ``On reflection and with the benefit of
> > hindsight, it is clear
> > it associated my longstanding opposition to
> > 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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