17 July 2009

Amazing Story from Terrible Politico

I still think they suck, but Politico is breaking an amazing exclusive story about the American Conservative Union, which apparently brazenly sold their endorsement in the FedEx/UPS labor fight (detailed here if it's news to you).

The lede on the story tells it all:
The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a $2 million check in return for the group’s endorsement in a bitter legislative dispute, then flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay. In return for the $2 million, 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 — black-and-white proof of the longtime Washington practice known as “pay for play” — was contained in a private letter to FedEx that was provided to POLITICO.

The American Conservative Union is the oldest conservative group in America- they're the ones who put together CPAC every year, one of the biggest political conservative gatherings. Also on the letterhead: Americans for Tax Reform, Citizen Outreach, and four other conservative groups.

Ouch. Doesn't look very good.

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