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Very interesting story in National Journal:
John McCain’s presidential campaign has finally paid off its debt to 3eDC, a private Web company linked to campaign manager Rick Davis and his longtime lobbying pal, Paul Manafort. But there’s one big curiosity: Last year, the cash-starved campaign, without explanation, reported to the Federal Election Commission that 3eDC’s bill had been reduced by $107,000. In the end, 3eDC was paid $972,000, not the $1,079,000 originally billed. “It’s always a serious question for the public and auditors when over $100,000 is removed without explanation from a financial disclosure report,” says Kent Cooper, a political money expert and former FEC official. “Indeed, this raises the question of whether actual services were provided and the bill was reduced, making it an illegal corporate contribution.”
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 people per sauna in Finland:
Argentine scientists who attached plastic flatulence-gathering backpacks to cows found that the animals emit up to 1,000 liters of flatulence each day.
China debarked the rover Jade Rabbit onto the moon’s Bay of Rainbows.
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Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution
“I will never know what goes on in your mind, or what that shield of a smile behind which we try to advance should tell us.”