In recent days, we’ve talked about the disastrous attempt by the Washington Post to sell access to Washington decision-makers, as well as to its own editors and reporters, and about Ralph Reed’s betrayal of his religious-right followers in return for casino cash. This morning, the topic was the distorting, corrupting influence of money and politics in setting defense spending.
But in terms of audacity, this one, from Politico, may take the cake:
“The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group’s endorsement in a bitter legislative dispute, then flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.
For the $2 million plus, ACU offered a range of services that included: “Producing op-eds and articles written by ACU’s Chairman David Keene and/or other members of the ACU’s board of directors. (Note that Mr. Keene writes a weekly column that appears in The Hill.)”
The conservative group’s remarkable demand —