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Remember all those how important political reforms Congress passed after the Democrats took over? Like the new rules meant to stamp out the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups at the upcoming national conventions in Denver and Minneapolis?
The good people of Denver and Minneapolis–St. Paul, though, need not worry that they’ll miss out on the legendary convention debauchery. Luckily for them, when it comes to filling campaign coffers and throwing lavish parties with other people’s money, nobody is more innovative than Washingtonians. In fact, the new ethics restrictions are a boon for some groups. Among the biggest beneficiaries are the Democratic and Republican governors associations, which are not subject to the lobbyist-control rules Congress imposed on itself…Unlike the congressional campaign committees, the governors groups can accept soft money…For their cash contributions, donors will receive tickets to receptions, special events and chances to break bread with all sorts of big-time politicos.
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
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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