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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
Estimated cost of the environmental damage caused each year by the world’s 3,000 largest companies:
Two thirds of U.S. teenagers experience uncontrollable rage.
Beekeepers began extracting 1 million honeybees living beneath the siding of a house in New York State.
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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.”