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On January 8, I reported on the formation of “Republicans for Traditional Conservative Values,” a fundraising operation headquartered in the home of Linda Chavez, the conservative commentator and once George W. Bush’s choice for labor secretary until it was revealed that she had made payments to an illegal immigrant. This was noteworthy because the Washington Post had previously exposed how Chavez had set up a number of fundraising operations that provided a “steady source of income for Chavez and four family members, who served as treasurers and consultants to the committees.” Only about 1 percent of the money raised by Chavez family operations went to political candidates, reported the Post.
Now Chavez’s husband, former White House official Christopher Gersten, says the family is shutting down all its fundraising operations. A Roll Call story from January 16 (which I missed at the time but which a reader kindly forwarded yesterday) said Gersten and Chavez had declared their intentions to shut down all five of their outfits, citing privacy concerns. The statement came after Roll Call made its own inquiries about Republicans for Traditional Conservative Values. “I’m closing it down because of my family,” Gersten told Roll Call. “I don’t foresee any future political action committee fundraising will be initiated by me.”
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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