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Think back to the terrible old days when the Republicans ran congress, and how companies seeking to win access and favor with the GOP would make “contributions” to the DeLay Foundation for Kids, the personal charity of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. Donors included AT&T, Bill and Melinda Gates and Michael Dell of Dell computers.
Of course, this type of thing doesn’t take place now that the Democrats are in charge. Ahem.
Take a look at the James E. Clyburn Research and Scholarship Foundation, the personal charity of House Majority Whip James Clyburn. New disclosure forms required by the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act show that donors to the foundation in 2008 included AT&T, Microsoft and Dell Computer. Not to mention Ford, UPS and Verizon. And Novartis, AstraZenica and Abbott Labs. And Merck, Wal-mart and Time Warner. Among others.
Past donors to the foundation include Coca-Cola and the Nuclear Energy Institute, of which Clyburn is a loyal ally. DeLay’s foundation sponsored a golf tournament — and so does Clyburn’s, the Rudolph Canzater Memorial Golf Classic. “Each year, hundreds of elected officials, business and community leaders from around the country gather on the shores of South Carolina’s 110,000 acre Lake Marion at Santee to participate,” says the house whip’s website. “As in years past, proceeds from the Classic will fund need-based scholarships for high school graduates and college students.”
Just like DeLay and his foundation, Clyburn is all about the kids.
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
I recently spent a semester teaching writing at an elite liberal-arts college. At strategic points around the campus, in shades of yellow and green, banners displayed the following pair of texts. The first was attributed to the college’s founder, which dates it to the 1920s. The second was extracted from the latest version of the institution’s mission statement:
The paramount obligation of a college is to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and independently, and the ability to live confidently, courageously, and hopefully.
Let us take a moment to compare these texts. The first thing to observe about the older one is that it is a sentence. It expresses an idea by placing concepts in relation to one another within the kind of structure that we call a syntax. It is, moreover, highly wrought: a parallel structure underscored by repetition, five adverbs balanced two against three.
Percentage of Britons who cannot name the city that provides the setting for the musical Chicago:
An Australian entrepreneur was selling oysters raised in tanks laced with Viagra.
A naked man believed to be under the influence of LSD rammed his pickup truck into two police cars.
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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.”