Reed-Abramoff emails hit the fan

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The National Journal is getting set to release a story with additional email traffic between Ralph Reed and Jack Abramoff, according to an advance copy acquired by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway. In one email from Reed to Abramoff, the now candidate from lieutenant governor agrees to help Abramoff in exchange for additional clients:


Reed wrote to Abramoff: "Just let me know who to call, when to call, and what to say. And while you're at it get me another client! NOW!"


Among the clients Abramoff and Reed were looking to help? The U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, notorious for inhumane labor conditions and workers who were "subject to forced abortions and that women and children were subject to forced prostitution in the local sex-tourism industry."


Update: Here's the National Journal article by Peter Stone.


Update 2: One passage that caught my eye in Stone's piece was this:


That day, Abramoff e-mailed Reed: "I have a one-month subcontract for you if you can help me. We need to get Rove to see if we can break through the current posture of State on Malaysia and the PM meeting with Bush at the APEC meeting at the beginning of October.... If it works there will be a lot more." Reed wrote back, "Sure."


How does Reed reconcile his willingness to work for the Malaysian government with this:


Islam is the state religion, with all Malays legally considered Muslim. The Federal government follows a policy of religious tolerance, but in practice, other faiths are increasingly discriminated against at state level following the rise of Islamism in Malaysia. Legal restrictions exist prohibiting propagation of other faiths among the Muslim community whereas Muslim missionaries receive state support to spread Islam.


So, who owns Ralph Reed?