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Former Lobbyist Jack Abramoff To Discuss Corruption, Political Reform At William Peace University

By on February 7, 2012 4:08 pm

Four-Year Baccalaureate University To Host Talk Featuring Self-Described Notorious Lobbyist Offering His Opinions On What Changes Are Needed In The Political System


RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Jack Abramoff, formerly one of the nation’s most powerful and notorious lobbyists, will offer his unique insight into corruption within the government and explain ways to reform the political system in a free public event on campus at Kenan Recital Hall on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Damon Circosta, executive director of the nonpartisan North Carolina Center for Voter Education, which will host the event, will lead a discussion with Abramoff that will include audience questions.


Once dubbed by Time magazine as "The Man Who Bought Washington," Abramoff rose to become one of the most influential figures in the halls of government before being sentenced in 2006 to six years in federal prison for mail fraud and conspiracy charges. After serving 43 months of his sentence, Abramoff was released from prison in the summer of 2010.


In 2011 Abramoff published an autobiographical memoir entitled Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist, uncovering what he describes as America’s broken democracy and examining the drastic corrective measures needed to repair the situation. A book signing will follow the discussion.


"I am pleased that the North Carolina Center for Voter Education has chosen William Peace University as the host site for what should be a provocative conversation about corruption in government from someone who has firsthand knowledge of the climate and has learned the error of his ways," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "This promises to be an interesting evening, and I encourage all members of the general public who want to learn more about how the political system works to attend for an insightful discussion with Mr. Abramoff and Mr. Circosta."


The NC Center for Voter Education is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to informing and involving citizens so they may fully participate in democracy. For more information, please visit http://www.ncvotered.com.



William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.



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