When the money was rolling in, Jack Abramoff certainly knew how to spend it. During his heyday as one of Washington's top lobbyists, Abramoff raked in millions of dollars and feted lawmakers and luminaries at his Pennsylvania Avenue restaurant. But one of his most conspicuous indulgences was his fully loaded 2002 BMW, the New York Times will report Friday, RAW STORY has learned.
The 745Li sedan was customized by Ai Design of Tuckahoe, N.Y., as a sort of mobile office for Abramoff, who at one time employed a driver for it so he could indulge a heavy workload. Invoices offer a look inside the tinted windows, a $450 addition that was the cheapest part of the job.
Abramoff spent $29,995 for a "custom-built, 15.2-inch-wide screen and manual flip-down video monitor," an invoice says.
"Monitor includes built-in cordless headphone transmitters," it says, adding, "Monitor is capable of displaying DVD, Game and Computer graphics/video signals."
For $7,390, he added a hands-free cell phone system, with a special antenna amplifier to boost the signal, and a docking station for his laptop built into the back of the right front seat.