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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:
Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
In Havana, the past year has been marked by a parade of bold-faced names from the north — John Kerry reopening the United States Embassy; Andrew Cuomo bringing a delegation of American business leaders; celebrities ranging from Joe Torre, traveling on behalf of Major League Baseball to oversee an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, to Jimmy Buffett, said to be considering opening one of his Margaritaville restaurants there. All this culminated with a three-day trip in March by Barack Obama, the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. But to those who know the city well, perhaps nothing said as much about the transformation of political relations between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014 as a concert in the Tribuna Antiimperialista.
Chances that a Republican man believes that “poor people have hard lives”:
A school in South Korea was planning to deploy a robot to protect students from unwanted seductions.
Nuremberg’s Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint against a 91-year-old woman who completed a crossword puzzle that was in fact a $116,000 piece of avant-garde Danish art.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”