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mjj : scary, and fits with what I observed 8 years ago, on the 700 Club...
The Godly Must Be Crazy: Christian-right views are swaying politicians and threatening the environment
By Glenn Scherer
mjj : The beauty part: according to the article, "When Ralph Reed was the boyish director of the Christian Coalition, he made opposition to gambling a major plank in his "family values" agenda, calling gambling "a cancer on the American body politic" that was "stealing food from the mouths of children." "
Ralph Reed's gambling problem, redux. Posted August 30, 2004 12:48 PM
The Carpetbagger Report, channeling The Nation
Ralph Reed, a top campaign adviser to President Bush in the South and a power broker among conservative Christians, received nearly $4 million from a GOP public relations expert under federal investigation over huge lobbying fees paid by American Indian tribes with gambling interests.

Reed was paid more than $3.8 million during a yearlong period in 2001 and 2002 by Michael Scanlon, a former aide to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), according to documents obtained by Roll Call.
mjj : My favorite: "We should have been more sensitive to possible misperceptions, and it is an error that we regret." Ah. That might explain why "According to the Reed company's internal documents, the mission was to identify and recruit prominent Bush supporters to personally write and lobby Bush to back Microsoft, the losing defendant in an antitrust suit brought by the Justice Department." Mispercpetion.
Microsoft Consultant Ralph Reed Hands Embarrassment To Client Bush
by Mark Shields, via Commondreams, via Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 24, 2000
Of the Congregationalists from the North American continent who prospered while settling Hawaii, writer James Michener once observed, "They came to do good and they did very, very well."

Maybe it was that historic model which inspired Ralph Reed, the senior consultant to and frequent television spokesman for the presidential campaign of Texas Gov. George W. Bush. Reed, the recognized mastermind behind the ascendancy of religious conservatives within the Republican Party, founded his own political consulting firm, Century Strategies, which for most of the past year has been on the payroll of both the Bush campaign and Microsoft Corp.
mjj : My favorite part: "In a statement, Ralph Reed said: 'I have worked for decades to oppose the expansion of casino gambling.'" Ah. That's why "The inquiry involves at least $45 million in lobbying and public relations fees, alleged misuse of Indian tribal funds, possible illegal campaign contributions and possible tax code violations."
Reed Confirms Fees From Indian Casino Lobbyists (Aug 30, 2004)
Thomas B. Edsall, Washington Post Staff Writer, Page A03
NEW YORK, Aug. 29 -- Ralph Reed, Southeast regional chairman of the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign and former executive director of the Christian Coalition, confirmed on Sunday that he accepted more than $1 million in fees from a lobbyist and a public relations specialist whose work on behalf of American Indian casinos prompted a federal investigation.

In addition to his role running the campaign in the Southeast, Reed is a liaison to the Christian evangelical community, and many of its leaders are adamantly opposed to gambling. Reed has been widely credited with leading the political mobilization of the Christian right since the late 1980s.
mjj : My favorite defense: "REED: Yes, our firm was paid both by the Bush campaign and the Republican National Committee. So the whole thesis of the story is just plain wrong." Ah. Now I see.
Ralph Reed denies White House, Enron job tie (Jan 26, 2002)
CNN Archives
The White House acknowledged Friday that in 1997, as George W. Bush was deciding whether to run for president, his senior political adviser Karl Rove recommended GOP strategist Ralph Reed for a consulting job with Enron Corp. Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, went to work for Enron as a strategist, making from $10,000 to $20,000 a month, according to The New York Times.

Ralph Reed joined CNN's Judy Woodruff to talk about the story.