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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
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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