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Several weeks back I reported here on claims from sources that a friend and donor of Senator Norm Coleman had previously bought him suits at Nieman Marcus in Minneapolis. After much hemming and hawing, Coleman denied that the friend, Nasser Kazeminy, had bought him clothing.
Yesterday Politico reported that the Republican National Committee had “spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family.” Much of that money was spent at Nieman Marcus in Minneapolis. Today the Atlantic adds that Palin’s personal shopper was a man named Jeff Larson.
You might recall that name from my story, which looked at the mutually beneficial relationship between Coleman and his political supporters. Larson is a top advisor to Coleman and the treasurer of his personal Political Action Committee. He also was found to have rented a basement apartment in Washington to Coleman at a very cheap rate. And, as the Atlantic noted, Larson is a principal in the robocalling firm of FLS Connect, “the same one that launched the scurrilous robocalls against John McCain in 2000, and that McCain has now hired to make robocalls connecting Barack Obama to Bill Ayers.”
Perhaps it’s just a coincidence but it sure is a small political world in Minnesota.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
In Havana, the past year has been marked by a parade of bold-faced names from the north — John Kerry reopening the United States Embassy; Andrew Cuomo bringing a delegation of American business leaders; celebrities ranging from Joe Torre, traveling on behalf of Major League Baseball to oversee an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, to Jimmy Buffett, said to be considering opening one of his Margaritaville restaurants there. All this culminated with a three-day trip in March by Barack Obama, the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. But to those who know the city well, perhaps nothing said as much about the transformation of political relations between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014 as a concert in the Tribuna Antiimperialista.
Chances that a Republican man believes that “poor people have hard lives”:
A school in South Korea was planning to deploy a robot to protect students from unwanted seductions.
Nuremberg’s Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint against a 91-year-old woman who completed a crossword puzzle that was in fact a $116,000 piece of avant-garde Danish art.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”