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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
Fleming awoke in the dark and his room felt loose, sloshing so badly he gripped the bed. From his window there was nothing but a hallway, and if he craned his neck, a blown lightbulb swung into view. The room pitched up and down and for a moment he thought he might be sick. The word “hallway” must have a nautical name. Why didn’t they supply a glossary for this cruise? Probably they had, in the welcome packet he’d failed to read. A glossary. A history of the boat, which would be referred to as a ship. Sunny biographies of the captain and crew, who had always dreamed of this life. Lobotomized histories of the islands they’d visit. Who else had sailed this way. Famous suckwads from the past, slicing through this very water on wooden longships.
A welcome packet, the literary genre most likely to succeed in the new millennium. Why not read about a community you don’t belong to, that doesn’t actually exist, a captain and crew who are, in reality, if that isn’t too much of a downer on your vacation, as indifferent to one another as any set of co-employees at an office or bank? Read doctored personal statements from underpaid crew members — because ocean life pays better than money! — who hate their lives but have been forced to buy into the mythology of working on a boat, separated now from loved ones and friends, growing lonelier by the second, even while they wait on you and follow your every order.
Rank of Detroit among major U.S. cities whose residents give the largest portion of their income to charity:
A South Dakota researcher concluded that only scant blood spatter results when chain saws are used to dismember pigs.
Four people were arrested for using a remote-controlled hexacopter to fly two pounds of tobacco to prisoners inside the yard at Calhoun State Prison in Georgia.
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Our congratulations to Alice Munro, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Literature