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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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