Oh and here's a little tidbit about Ralph Reed;<quoted text>
Perhaps it's because he belongs to a large segment of the population who also hold traditional values.
Not sure what the big deal is. Reed was Bush's senior advisor in both presidential campaigns. But he also worked on seven presidential campaigns and advised 88 campaigns for governor, U.S. Senate and Congress in 24 states.
He has a Ph.D in American History from Emory University and sat on boards such as University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs, Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America and Advisory Council of SafeHouse,
Newsweek named Reed one of the top 10 political newsmakers in the nation. Life magazine named him one of the 20 most influential leaders of his generation. And Time magazine named him one of the 50 future leaders of America. The Wall Street Journal called him perhaps the finest political operative of his generation.
Again, not sure what the big deal is.
Jack Abramoff and his partner Scanlon were convicted in a series of corrupt practices in connection to their lobbying work for various Indian Casino gambling tribes. The fees paid to Abramoff and Scanlon for this work are believed to exceed $85 million.
In particular, Abramoff and Scanlon conspired with Washington power broker Grover Norquist and Christian activist Ralph Reed to co-ordinate lobbying against his own clients and prospective clients with the objective of forcing them to engage Abramoff and Scanlon to lobby against their own covert operations. Reed was paid to campaign against gambling interests that competed with Abramoff clients. Norquist served as a go-between by funneling money to Reed.