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The E-mail Stylings of Jack Abramoff

As an accompaniment to today's column on the Maryland teachers who were stiffed by Jack Abramoff as his empire collapsed, here are a couple of Abramoff's emails to Eshkol Academy teachers who had written to him to find out when and if they were going to get their salary payments:

First, from an Eshkol teacher to Abramoff:

I am not asking for charity here, simply the reciprocal courtesy of being reimbursed for books that I bought in good faith for the students, including your own son. Sincerely, [teacher's name withheld]

Abramoff responded six hours later:

Wed, 30 Jun 2004 23:25:26 To: [Eshkol teacher's name withheld] Subject: RE: Reimbursement for Purchased Books

Dear Mr. [name deleted], I regret the position that Eshkol has put you in, and that trust it will endeavor to reimburse you. Unfortunately, Eshkol presently lacks the money to pay you at this time, but is attempting to raise money with which to pay its creditors. I will endeavor to give you a status report at the end of the month. Jack Abramoff

The next day, Abramoff responded to a different Eshkol teacher who had written asking about his pay:

July 1, 2004
Dear Mr. [name withheld]:
Thank you for your letter.
Eshkol is in the process of winding up its affairs so that it can generate cash with which to pay the claims of creditors. I hope to have a status report soon and will then be able to inform teachers as to how much they can expect to receive and the process which is necessary to obtain funds.
Sincerely yours,
signed
Jack Abramoff

There was to be no payment, no notification of any process. Nothing.

Two weeks later, teachers wrote to Abramoff expressing deep concern about their medical insurance being cancelled. Abramoff replied:

Message from Jack Abramoff on Tue, 13 Jul 2004 13:28:59 -0400 ----- To: [names withheld]

Subject:
RE: FW: Medical Insurance

Regarding the questions at bottom, assuming that the auction goes forward soon, I hope to be able to update you around the first week of August. I do not know the value of Eshkol's assets, but am working with professionals to maximize the value of the assets for the benefit of creditors. Eshkol intends to implement a procedure to treat creditors fairly, but that without knowing all of the claims that may exist we cannot yet determine where the teachers stand in relation to other creditors. On the health insurance issues, I'll have to seek an answer as I do not know.

Abramoff's lawyers later told the teachers that the school's assets--including two Zamboni ice cleaning machines--had indeed been liquidated, but that the amount of money raised was negligible, not the $100,000-plus that the school's finance officials said would be easily raised. In any event, not a penny was distributed to the teachers.

By Marc Fisher |  January 24, 2006; 11:22 AM ET
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Well as we've seen the neo-con mantra does not include being ethical or honest.

Really not suprised.

Posted by: NeoCon Thieves | January 24, 2006 12:14 PM

Back in the say, conservatives all had the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do?) bumper stickers on their car and they'd all act holier than thou.

With thieves like Abromoff representing the white-wing republican movement, you don't see those WWJD bumper stickers or buttons around any more.

They don't even bother to _pretend_ anymore.

Posted by: NeoCon Hypocrits | January 24, 2006 12:23 PM

Well, we can't hold Abramoff to the WWJD standard. He isn't a Christian! So we can't say that he's being a hypocrite on that at least.

Posted by: md 20/400 | January 24, 2006 1:38 PM

Yes, because it's not like Jesus was Jewish or anything, or his teachings based on the Torah. What the hell would the Jews know about being ethical, right, md?

There's a lot about being ethical and charitable in the Talmud, dork.

Posted by: The Cosmic Avenger | January 24, 2006 1:51 PM

Beware of those who appear to walk on water. It may look that way but in reality they are stepping on the heads of those who were unable to keep their heads afloat.

Here's hoping Abramhoff learns what it is like to be a "wife" in prison and that others of his ilk follow him.

Posted by: Iraq Vet | January 24, 2006 1:54 PM

CA, you're right. I am now certain that Abramoff often wondered if his actions were in accord with the teachings of that Jesus freak.

Posted by: md 20/400 | January 24, 2006 5:26 PM

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