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I just posted an item about Washington lobbyists raising money for Republican members of Congress. I should also note here an upcoming fund-raiser being planned for Congressman Ed Towns, the New York Democrat.
The event will be held on November 12th and will be hosted by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). For a mere $2,500, lucky contributors will be able to party at the Verizon Center and catch a show by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band.
The ESA “works with government at all levels to make the voice of its members heard on a wide range of crucial legislative and public policy issues, including intellectual property protection, content regulation, and efforts to regulate the Internet.” Incidentally, Towns holds a seat on the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet.
I’m guessing The Boss is unaware that he’s being used as bait for a congressional fund-raiser. If he does know, he might want to change that name to the “K Street Band.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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