We recently brought you a review of the new Jack Abramoff documentary, Casino Jack. Now we have an exclusive clip of the film in which Republican Congressman Bob Ney — who later did jail time in the scandal — describes how he helped Abramoff.
In the clip, Ney aide-turned-Abramoff associate Neil Volz describes breaking the ban against lobbying one’s former boss, in this case Ney, who agreed to do favors for an Abramoff client. The client was the Tigua Indian tribe in Texas, which was trying to get its casino, which had been shut down, reopened.
Ney agreed to slip language that would help the tribe into an election reform bill.
“Any lobbyist knows that a member will say, ‘I’ll do it as long as it doesn’t destroy the bill.’ Are riders done? They’re done all the time,” Ney says. “Are extra pieces of information added to bills that have no bearing to the bill? All the time. Was this that case? Yes.”
Here’s the clip from the film, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures: