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I posted an article Wednesday on the unfolding scandal at the National Republican Congressional Committee, in which a former Committee treasurer named Christopher Ward is the central figure. I noted in the piece that Ward had been the treasurer for a number of candidates or political committees who also retained a fundraising company called Aventum LLC.
I had sought comment from Aventum’s founder and president, Hetaf al-Kraydi, who contacted me yesterday. She said Ward had already been working for their overlapping clients prior to her firm being retained. “It is a stroke of serious and unfortunate bad luck,” she said about the fact that they shared clients. Kraydi explained that her job was strictly fundraising and event planning, and that she has no involvement with the compliance of her clients’ campaigns. “I had no oversight of Chris Ward’s actions. Aventum LLC and Political Compliance Services are and always have been two separate companies. We do not share any type of financial interest.”
Kraydi also clarified remarks about Bowling for Our Majority Committee (BOMP), a joint fundraising committee, which was created to raise money for seven endangered House Republicans. She said the majority of the money Aventum received from BOMP was reimbursements for the overhead of the event, not fees. She said the event raised over $150,000, but most of that went directly to the candidates, not BOMP. “I trusted Ward, just like all of the Members and the NRCC did; unfortunately our trust has left us the victims of his actions.”
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.”