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GQ: Abramoff Looked At Charity-Owned Life

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A general interest magazine is touching on an arrangement involving insurable interest in a profile of Ralph Reed, who is running for lieutenant governor in Georgia.

The magazine, GQ, has published an early version of the profile on the Web, at

In the profile, writer Sean Flynn says copies of electronic mail released by a Senate committee show that Jack Abramoff, a lobbyist, wrote to Ralph Reed, the former executive director of the Christian Coalition of America, Washington, to suggest the idea of setting up a church-owned life insurance program for black churches.

The program would arrange for the purchase of life insurance policies insuring elderly congregants, and the death benefits could be used for a variety of purposes.

Abramoff earlier had suggested that a Native American tribe set up a similar program that would compensate him for his lobbying work by naming a school Abramoff had founded as a beneficiary for the death benefits, according to Flynn.

Representatives for Abramoff and Reed were not immediately available for comment.