Friday, December 16, 2005

Op-Eds for Sale

Op-Eds for Sale (from Business Week, of all places):

A senior fellow at the Cato Institute resigned from the libertarian think tank on Dec. 15 after admitting that he had accepted payments from indicted Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff for writing op-ed articles favorable to the positions of some of Abramoff's clients. Doug Bandow, who writes a syndicated column for Copley News Service, told BusinessWeek Online that he had accepted money from Abramoff for writing between 12 and 24 articles over a period of years, beginning in the mid '90s.

"It was a lapse of judgment on my part, and I take full responsibility for it," Bandow said from a California hospital, where he's recovering from recent knee surgery.
A former Abramoff associate says Bandow and at least one other think-tank expert were typically paid $2,000 per column to address specific topics of interest to Abramoff's clients. Bandow's standing as a columnist and think-tank analyst provided a seemingly independent validation of the arguments the Abramoff team were using to try to sway Congressional action.

Hmmmm. I've had 21 columns published @ Raw Story this year. I have the backing of a prestigous think tank. Somebody owes me $42,000. I just have to find some cash-rich multi-national that benefits from columns like this, and this and this.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

$42,000 ? let me check the seat cushions.

outlets ? let me get back to you on that - i've got hustler on the other line.

3:59 AM  

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