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Politico has shed some light upon the mysterious scandal brewing at the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC). “Top House Republicans were told in recent days that a former employee of their campaign committee may have forged an official audit during the contentious 2006 election cycle and that they should brace for the possibility that an unfolding investigation could uncover financial improprieties stretching back several years,” the newspaper reported. The story said the FBI was investigating the matter, and quoted a Republican insider as saying, “There is a sense that this could be very damaging to the committee.”
The Politico story said that the investigation centers on a man named Christopher J. Ward, who the Politico identified as a former NRCC treasurer. Ward has other interesting political connections as well. Virginia State Corporation Commission records show that Ward is also the treasurer of Political Compliance Services (PCS), a political auditing and accounting firm that once worked for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. (Incidentally, Susan Arceneaux, a Republican operative and one-time aide to former Congressman Dick Armey, is listed as the president of PCS. Arceneaux helped set up the Swift Boat Vets and has connections to a host of other conservative organizations, including Armey’s new FreedomWorks.)
On January 27, Ward signed on as treasurer for the Senate Majority Committee, which is raising money for Senate Republicans at risk in this fall’s elections. Given the investigation of Ward for his role at the NRCC, the Committee might want to keep an eye on its treasury.
I left a message for Ward at PCS. If I hear back I’ll update this story.
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
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”