Note: You will want to complete the Ethical Framework Learning Activities prior to completing this case.

Jack Abramoff was one of the most successful lobbyists of all time. He also went to jail. As you are watching the video, consider how the following:

  • Explain how a person like Jack Abramoff might use the “Utilitarian” principle to explain his actions.
  • Explain how the “Administrative View” of ethics might account for Jack Abramoff’s unethical actions.
  • Discuss whether Jack Abramoff was an “ethical egoist.”

60 Minutes: The Lobbyist’s Playbook

Crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff explains how he asserted his influence in Congress for years, and how such corruption continues today despite ethics reform. Lesley Stahl reports.