Leading Conservative Group Busted for Pay-for-Play Scam with FedEx

Oh, yeah, these are some principled people.

Guess who tried to extort money from sell "services" to FedEx in exchange for "favors" to be done on their behalf in Washington, DC? The American Conservative Union (ACU), allegedly the oldest conservative lobby group in the country. In the offer they made to FedEx, detailing all the great services they could provide his company for the paltry fee of Two to Three MILLION DOLLARS. Here's some of what they promised to do:

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 ...

The letter exposes the practice by some political interest groups of taking stands not for reasons of pure principle, as their members and supporters might assume, but also in part because a sponsor is paying big money.

And when FedEx turned this down generous offer of June 30, 2009?

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Election 2018