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Now here’s a sweet deal:
Step 1: Set up your own Political Action Committee.
Step 2: Raise a million dollars in $20 contributions from little old ladies.
Step 3: Pay yourself and your partners almost all of the money while giving only a fraction of the amount to the candidates that the little old ladies thought they were giving to.
It’s the story of the “Freedom Defense Fund,” which was supposed to raise money for GOP candidates. As reported by Roll Call.
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
Number of free condoms handed out by the Brazilian government in advance of Carnival this year:
The best way to measure happiness is simply to ask people how happy they are.
Following three weeks of clashes between protesters and government forces that killed at least 17 people, Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro announced a two-day extension of Carnival. “Happiness will conquer the embittered,” he said during an appearance at a recreation center.
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“American politics has often been an arena for angry minds.”