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Remember former Congressman Curt Weldon? He’s the one currently under federal investigation for allegedly steering business to a lobbying firm headed by his daughter. And now running an international consulting firm in Washington, and using the contacts he established in Congress to steer business his own way.
Well, Federal Election Commission records show that last Thursday Weldon formally shut down his congressional campaign fund. And guess where he transferred the remaining money, roughly $10,000, which his contributors had given him? That’s right, to The Weldon Legal Expense Trust, which pays his lawyers.
Perfectly legal, needless to say. It’s nice to be a member of Congress, even a former member being investigated by the feds.
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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