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Ralph Reed: From Purgatory to Power

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BILL MOYERS: Reed wrote back with a list and a total:

RALPH REED: "We have fronted $100K, which is a lot for us."

BILL MOYERS: Abramoff promised to do what he could.

RALPH REED: "Any chance that a wire from Choctaw directly would be OK?"

BILL MOYERS: Just days later, Reed tells Abramoff:

RALPH REED: ""We are opening the bomb bays and holding nothing back."

JACK ABRAMOFF: "Yeaaaa baaabby!!!"

BILL MOYERS: To conceal the source of the money being paid to Reed from the trusting believers he had recruited, Abramoff once again turned to their accomplice Grover Norquist, who used his anti-tax campaign as cover. In turn, when Norquist needed money for his own organization he turned to Abramoff.

GROVER NORQUIST: "What is the status of the Choctaw stuff. I have a $75K hole in my budget from last year. ouch."

BILL MOYERS: In a reminder to himself, Abramoff Notes:

JACK ABRAMOFF: "Call Ralph re Grover doing pass-through"

BILL MOYERS: And then tells Reed:

JACK ABRAMOFF: "I need to give Grover something for helping, so the first transfer will be a bit lighter."

BILL MOYERS: With the next $300,000 dollars, Norquist took a taste of the action. When he did it again, Abramoff noted his surprise.

JACK ABRAMOFF: "Grover kept another $25K!"

BILL MOYERS: The money spigot was now wide open. Abramoff was being paid millions as a lobbyist. Reed was being paid millions to dupe his fellow Christians. And Norquist was feeding cash to his political operation by acting as their front. The one-time college Republicans had turned the conservative revolution into a racket.

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