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Casino Jack and the United States of Money (2010)

A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

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Himself - Lobbyist (archive footage)
Melanie Sloan ...
Herself - Director, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Nina Easton ...
Herself - Author, Gang of Four
Dana Rohrabacher ...
Himself - Representative, California
Thomas Frank ...
J. Michael Waller ...
Himself - Director, Institute of World Politics
Ralph Reed ...
Himself - Republican Activist (archive footage)
Grover Norquist ...
Himself - Republican Activist (archive footage)
Jonas Savimbi ...
Himself - UNITA Rebel Leader, Angola (archive footage)
Lewis E. Lehrman ...
Himself - Financier, The Democratic International (archive footage) (as Lewis Lehrman)
Neil Volz ...
Himself - Former Chief of Staff to Rep. Bob Ney
Bob Ney ...
Susan Schmidt ...
Robert G. Kaiser ...
Peter Fitzgerald ...
Himself - Senator, Illinois
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A probing investigation into the lies, greed and corruption surrounding D.C. super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his cronies.

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$28,234, 9 May 2010, Limited Release

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$175,604, 4 July 2010
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Jack Abramoff: [in an e-mail message to Alex Gibney] Why would you want to make a documentary? No one watches documentaries. You should make an action film!
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United States of corruption
24 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

When mega-lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced to jail in early 2006, he was seen as the personification of corruption, along with Tom DeLay and Bob Ney. But as "Casino Jack and the United States of Money" shows, Abramoff and the individuals associated with him were just the tip of the iceberg. Alex Gibney's documentary takes the same approach to its topic that his previous documentary "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" does, looking at the roots of the main character, and how deregulation led to the culmination.

I had read in Al Franken's book "The Truth with Jokes" about Abramoff's fleecing of the Tigua Indians and DeLay's promotion of the Mariana Islands to hide the garment industry's sweatshops there. The documentary looks at those, and goes a little further into Abramoff's role in the college Republicans, alliance with Angolan autocrat Jonas Savimbi, and more. One of the most important points is how Abramoff and Ralph Reed used religious fundamentalism, specifically how Reed was making large sums of money through links to Indian casinos while pontificating against gambling.

But the most important topic that the documentary brings up is that this is neither "a few bad apples" nor a conspiracy. This happened because the American people let it happen by neglecting to take democracy seriously. Prevention of such events in the future requires the American people to stay vigilant of their government, and of corporations. Everyone should see this documentary.


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