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Officers of a Monroe-based charity that is under investigation by federal authorities donated nearly $50,000 to conservative candidates and causes in recent years, Federal Elections Commission records show. Angel Food Ministries Inc., a nonprofit that supplies cut-rate groceries to families nationwide, is under scrutiny by the FBI and the IRS.
Agents carried away boxes of documents last Wednesday from the ministry and a related company in Walton County. Tax returns show the nonprofit’s officers saw huge pay raises from 2006 to 2007, and they apparently spread the money around. They were most generous to the National Republican Congressional Committee, to which Angel Food founder and CEO Joseph Wingo gave $12,500 in 2007.
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.”