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JOHN W. JENRETTE JR. - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/17/1980 - HFSID 34536

JOHN JENRETTE Already nabbed in the ABSCAM scandal, he signs a typed letter, attempting to raise money for his 1980 re-election campaign Typed Letter signed: "John" as Congressman, 1 page, 7x9. On his personal House stationery. Washington, D.C., 1980 April 17. To Dr. William N.

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JOHN JENRETTE
Already nabbed in the ABSCAM scandal, he signs a typed letter, attempting to raise money for his 1980 re-election campaign
Typed Letter signed: "John" as Congressman, 1 page, 7x9. On his personal House stationery. Washington, D.C., 1980 April 17. To Dr. William N. Walton, Charleston, SC. Addressing him as "Billy", he writes, in part: "I value your friendship and your offer of help--particularly in these trying times. Because of recent events that have prohibited me from being as politically active as I have in the past, I use this letter to call on you for help. My June 10 primary is just around the corner. Poll results show me in good shape, but as you know it takes more than good poll results to win an election. It takes money and it takes your help now. Campaign professionals tell me that I need $50,000 by the first week of May for the primary. I would greatly appreciate it if you would raise $1,000 for the Jenrette '80 Volunteer Committee by May 1. I will appreciate anything you can do for me and I hope you understand my special need for help at this time. With deep appreciation for your offer of friendship and support. P.S. For your information there are some facts enclosed which might help you with your fundraising efforts" The FBI set up Abdul Enterprises, Ltd. in 1978 and FBI employees posed as Middle Eastern businessmen in videotaped talks with over 30 government officials, where they offered money in return for political favors to a non-existent sheik. In February, Jenrette and seven other members of Congress were said to be under investigation as a result of the operation named ABSCAM. On June 13, 1980, Jenrette was indicted. On December 10, 1980, having lost his bid for re-election, Jenrette resigned from Congress as the House Ethics Committee moved toward his expulsion. In 1981, he was convicted of bribery and conspiracy. Jenrette's "Playboy" centerfold wife, Rita, later revealed the fact that she had engaged in sexual relations with the Congressman on the steps of the Capitol building. (The satirical singer songwriters, the Capitol Steps, took their name from this incident.) Jenrette, who had bragged to FBI agents on tape that he had "larceny in his heart," served additional time in 1990 after shoplifting a necktie. Lightly creased at upper edge. Nailhead-size stain in lower blank area. Fine condition.

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