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DeLay Used Aide to Kill Anti-Gambling Bill
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his team were beginning to panic.
An anti-gambling bill had cleared the Senate and appeared on its way
to passage by an overwhelming margin in the House. If that happened,
Abramoffs client, a company that wanted to sell state lottery tickets
online, would be out of business.
But on July 17, 2000, the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act went down
to defeat, to the astonishment of supporters who included many
anti-online casinos, gambling groups and Christian conservatives.
A senior aide to then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay, R-Texas, helped
scuttle the bill in the House. The aide, Tony Rudy, 39, e-mailed
internal congressional communications and advice to Abramoff, according
to documents and the lobbyists former associates.
Rudy received favors from Abramoff. He went on two luxury trips with
the lobbyist that summer, including one partly paid for by Abramoffs
client, eLottery Inc. Abramoff also arranged for eLottery to pay $25,000
to a Jewish foundation that hired Rudys wife as a consultant, according
to documents and interviews. Months later, Abramoff hired Rudy himself
as a lobbyist.
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