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You’ve probably heard about Goldline, the precious-metals purveyor that buys advertising on the shows of a number of conservative commentators, most famously Glenn Beck.
Beck, of course, is a big promoter of gold, saying just this week, “In the ’80s, Congress realized that if we have problems, people take money out of bonds and put it into gold, silver and precious metals. When you do that, you are in control of your wealth.”
Congressman Anthony Weiner is calling for an investigation into Goldline, “a company Weiner claims employs conservative broadcast talkers to scare viewers into investing in gold -– at grossly inflated prices.”
Federal campaign disclosure records show that Daniel Cotter of Goldline has made five $250 donations to Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Peter Schiff. Not a lot of money, but Cotter presumably made the contributions with gold coins he keeps in a box buried in the back yard.
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
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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