Campaign 2010

Jun 22, 2005

Too Hot in the Kitchen: Abramoff to Sell Signatures

DCCC Press

Jun 22, 2005

Too Hot in the Kitchen: Abramoff to Sell Signatures

Super lobbyist Jack Abramoff may be signing away his restaurant, but only after he made his mark on Republicans in Congress.

After catering to the super-corrupt, Abramoff first closed his lobbying business, and is now shutting down the culinary arm of his influence peddling machine.

Republican lobbyist and restaurateur, Jack Abramoff, known for such high profile friends as Tom DeLay and Bob Ney and high paying clients -- the Mississippi Band of the Choctaw Indians -- has decided to sell his majority stake in the Washington, D.C. restaurant Signatures. The restaurant he started features high-priced entrees and fancy fare. Signatures has also played home to scores of GOP fundraisers by Speaker Dennis Hastert and Tom DeLay.

"Jack Abramoff and his Signatures restaurant are synonymous with Tom DeLay and the ethically challenged Republican leadership, " said Bill Burton, communications director for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "First Abramoff stopped peddling influence, now he's stopped selling the $12 burger. The sale of this restaurant makes me think of the old saying: 'If you can't stand the heat...'"